You should know

Authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria are investigating a claim from a would-be suicide bomber that she was one of a group of schoolgirls abducted in 2014. The Nigerian government is sending parents to Cameroon to attempt to identify the girl. (BBC)

Newly-elected Benin president Patrice Talon plans to reduce presidential mandates to just one five-year term, he said late on Friday, after the constitutional court confirmed his election victory over prime minister Lionel Zinsou. (Reuters)

Nigeria has accused 300 firms and individuals, including army officers, of embezzling 48 billion naira ($241.45 million) through overpaid defence contracts or fraud, the presidency said on Thursday in a widening a crackdown on graft. (CNBC)

At least 65 people were killed and more than 200 people injured in a suicide bombing at a park in Lahore, Pakistan. (Quartz)

What we need

Tigo Tanzania has launched an innovative mobile money lending scheme for its subscribers requiring no collateral to access the loans. The nano-lending scheme known as Tigo Nivushe allows a Tigo Pesa user immediate access to small loans starting at 10,000 Tanzania Shillings ($5). (Dignited)

Identity & Culture

Featuring a selection of cutting-edge African visual art, film, music, and more, back for its second edition, AFRICA SALON, Yale University’s contemporary African arts and culture festival will once again bring together narrative-disrupting artists, thinkers, designers, dancers, and musicians to Yale and New Haven from March 28th to April 3rd in celebration and recognition of the impact of contemporary African creatives on expanding global impressions of African cultures. (Dynamic Africa)


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