You should know
MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa is resigning following the company’s record-setting, $5.2B fine from Nigeria’s NCC for failing to disconnect more than 5 million unregistered SIM cards. Former MTN CEO and current non-executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko will take over the company on an interim basis, until a new CEO can be name (Tech Central).
Power Reporting – The African Investigative Journalism Conference, the largest gathering of investigative journalists on the continent begins today in Johannesburg. The conference focus is on how the media can cover the, ‘A-Z of financial investigations’, on the continent to bring more transparency, accountability, and good governance to African nations through journalism. Selase Kove (@selasekove) is in Johannesburg live tweeting from the conference, follow #PowerReporting for updates throughout the week.
And Nigeria has reason to celebrate today. The Nigerian U-17 football team defeated Mali 2-0 to win the 2015 Fifa U-17 World Cup for a record 5th time and 32-year-old Wellington Jighere is the world scrabble champion, the 1st African to ever win the title (BBC Live Africa).
What We Need
Eunice Onwona (@Eonwona)was in Ghana for this year’s National Volunteer Day and shared these stories of young volunteers working to take on some of, Takoradi’s hidden problems and cleaning up the streets of Adjirigano on #NVDay15.
VC4Africa (@vc4africa) is inviting startups across Africa to share information about their progress to create the ‘biggest dataset on the performance of African growth venture‘ (VC4Africa). The ‘Venture Finance in Africa’ research project is encouraging startups to fill in the survey and contribute to the research to help improve the quality of data available to, ‘change the world’s perception of business in Africa‘ by unlocking information to the market.
‘Traffic is bad, is a daily refrain in Africa’s most populous city. But it’s getting worse’, tweets Jackson M’vunganyi (@UpfrontAfrica). Read why the Economist says, ‘Nigeria’s largest city is even less navigable than usual‘ (The Economist).
In Accra, people are asking, can the Mayor’s red paint really save the city’s streets from the congestion brought on by an ever-increasing number of cars, buses, trostros, street vendors? You can learn more about Accra’s efforts as part of the ‘100 Resilient Cities’ challenge to be more inclusive, safe and sustainable in our ‘Road to Resilience‘ series and by following, #Rd2Resilience on Twitter.
Identity & Culture
Elnathan John (@Elnathan) is getting ready to release his newest novel, ‘Born on a Tuesday‘, this week. You can follow the hashtag #elnathansBOAT for more updates, insights and laughs from one of Nigerian Twitter’s favorite authors.
And African writers from all over the world came to Accra over the weekend to celebrate the life and works of iconic Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe (The Nation). The Pan African Writers’ Association (PAWA) brought together writers and scholars to examine the contributions of Achebe to the overall development of literature on the continent.
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