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MTN is proposing to pay almost $1.5 billion to settle its record $3.9 billion fine in Nigeria for failing to disconnect unregistered subscribers the Nigerian government claims included Boko Haram terrorists. MTN’s management, the Nigerian telecommunications regulator and Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu are scheduled to report back to the Nigerian Senate in 2 weeks to determine whether Nigeria will accept the settlement terms or continue to battle with Nigeria’s largest mobile phone service provider in court (Bloomberg News).

Leaders from Senegal, Egypt, and Russia are strongly objecting to the UN’s most recent proposal to ‘send home entire contingents of UN peacekeepers’, that are found to be repeatedly named in allegations of sexual exploitation following the release of a recent report on sexual abuse. The 3 countries said the UN proposal is unfair and would be ‘collective punishment’.  Instead, they said more should be done to determine those who are guilty (BBC News).

ICYMI UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said “decisive and bold action” is needed to end sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers. US Ambassador Samantha Power also said the UN’s Security Council must address the issue and ‘chided’ the General Assembly for not taking more “constructive action”  following the release of a report detailing 30 allegations made against civilian UN personnel last year (VOA News).


Jon Simmons from Monster gathers job experts to ‘weigh in on the traits young freelancers need if they want to find work, maintain gigs, and grow their business’ to put together the Millennial Freelancer’s Guide To Getting More Work (Fast Company). And Jon Leiber has a report for @Thumbtack on ‘how technology is changing the game for skilled professionals’ (Thumbtack Journal).

What We Need

Mel Bailey (@MelB4FreePress) was at the Next Einstein Forum in Dakar this week where there were many more ideas than plans of action, leaving her to ask, “how can we really bring STEM to Africa?”

Generation Next

Rahama Wright (@rahamatuwright) kicked off Yale Law School’s ‘Doing Business in Africa’ series with a conversation on her path from State Department intern to founder of Shea Yeleen International, a company committed to empowering women in West Africa and the United States (Yale Law). And check out our profile on Wright and Shea Yeleen as part of our Generation Next – women in business collection.

Identity & Culture

Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) introduces us to Oresegun Olumide and how ‘a Nigerian hyper-realist painter became a social media phenomenon’ (Quartz Africa).

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