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In Zimbabwe, former Vice President Joice Mujuru is launching a new opposition party, Zimbabwe People First, to attempt to challenge President Robert Mugabe. Mujuru was expelled from the governing Zanu-PF party in 2015 after serving as Mugabe’s VP from 2004 – 2014. The 92-year old Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe for nearly 30 years has already said he plans to run for re-election in 2018 (BBC News).

Ghana’s main opposition party says it will ‘promote fiscal discipline and increase transparency’ to help improve the country’s economy and fight corruption. New Patriotic Party (NPP) head Nana Akufo-Addo said the NPP will introduce new laws that force the government to “stick to spending limits and end graft” if elected in this year’s November elections against the incumbent, President John Mahama who is seeking a 2nd 4-year term (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said current crude oil prices are, “unsustainable and totally unacceptable” in a meeting with OPEC leaders from Quatar and Saudi Arabia. A Buhari spokesman said the delegations from Nigeria and Qatar have signed 2 bilateral agreements to “boost economic cooperation” between the countries as Nigeria makes efforts to help stabilize global crude oil prices (CNBC Africa).

CivicTech

Code for Africa open government fellow Seember Nyager  (@Seember1) talks about how Budeshi can ‘help Nigeria track public services and tackle corruption’ by using an international open data standard (Medium / Code for Africa).

Education Innovations

Eunice Onwona (@eonwona) traveled to north eastern Nigeria to learn how teachers, community leaders, and NGOs are all working together to bring innovations in education to help children living in IDP camps rebuild their lives.

What We Need

Sameer Rahim (@sameerahim) interviews Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma (@chigozieobioma) who asks whether Nigerians should “dismantle” what he calls the arbitrary boundaries of African nations and thinks the “idea of Nigeria is a problem” (Prospect Magazine).

Identity & Culture

CEO of Clearly Innovative, Aaron Saunders (@aaronksaunders) talks about some of the unique challenges of ‘being Black in the tech industry’ (All Things Considered / NPR).


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