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East Africans are using #WhatWouldMagufuliDo on Twitter to share their admiration for Tanzania’s new president, along with some doubts and a lot of humor as President John Magufuli canceled the country’s Independence Day celebrations to lead a ‘cleanup up campaign’ in local neighborhoods around Dar es Salaam.
Nigeria’s stock market hit a new 3-year low on Wednesday as globally, oil fell to its lowest prices in more than 6 years (Reuters Africa).
In Burundi, nearly 100 protesters arrested for opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza during months of ongoing violence in the capital, have been released from prison. The prisoners were freed after EU officials considered stopping aid to the country that continues to be in crisis after ‘spiraling into chaos’ in April when Nkurunziza announced he would seek a 3rd presidential term (VOA News).
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African Leadership Network founder Fred Swaniker (@FredSwaniker) has plans to build 25 ‘world-class’ universities all across Africa with students declaring ‘missions’ and not ‘majors’ (How We Made It In Africa).
Kenya is receiving a $1.5 billion loan from China to extend its railway from Nairobi to the Rift Valley. The Chinese-backed project is the 1st stage in plans to extend to Uganda and other land-locked countries on the continent with a goal of cutting the costs and boosting trade (Reuters Africa).
Anmar Frangoul continues CNBC’s series on sustainable energy with a look at how, ‘clean energy in Africa is generating jobs and power’ while South Africa’s department of science & technology reports, ‘Africa cannot advance’ without investing in the sciences.
At the 2015 Africa Future Awards, Chude Jideonwo (@Chude) talked about the ‘alternative reality’ some Africans are living in and how ‘329 million mobile phones is not growth, it is consumption’ (Ladybrille).
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