You should know

“10s of thousands” of Kenyans, including President Kenyatta, attended Pope Francis’ first public mass on the continent earlier today in Nairobi. BBC Africa Live has continuing coverage of the Pope’s visit today and you can always follow the Pope on Twitter, @Pontifex.

A government spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari says the president will make the final decision on whether to lower the $5.2 billion fine against MTN. The SA-based company has been appealing to Buhari to lower the amount since the fine was first announced (AP / The Big Story).

Ariel Zirulnick (@AZirulnick) provides context and helps give an explanation why, Kenya’s elite athletes are standing up to a negligent sports body (Quartz).

In a ceremony yesterday at Ikenne, Ogun State, Nigeria’s, ‘Mother of all nations’, HID Awolowo was laid to rest as the nation paid its final respects. Her great grandchildren offered this remembrance of a woman referred to as a, ‘jewel of inestimable value’.

What We Need

A new report released by The Economist as part of its Growth Crossings series shows, ‘the most significant increases in capital flows to African economies are coming from within Africa itself‘ (The Economist).

Biz Dev

Outgoing IMF investment unit chief Gary Steinberg will join the Nigerian investment management firm CBO as head of its advisory board and as a member of the investment committee. CBO IM recently announced it is launching a US $150M fund to support SMEs in West Africa (Disrupt Africa).

Our Environment

UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner (@ASteiner) looks at the ‘science and spirituality of climate change‘ as Pope Francis meets with leaders in Africa and just days ahead of the COP21 summit in Paris (African Arguments).

And later today, the Pope is expected to make a key environment speech at the UN regional hq in Nairobi. An official Kenyan government Twitter account for the Pope’s visit tweeted a video of him planting a tree at State House (BBC Africa).

Identity & Culture

In the U.S., it’s Thanksgiving and AR hopes you have an opportunity to celebrate with family & friends all the things you’re thankful for while enjoying these, 18 times the ‘Thanksgiving Clapback’ hashtag was too perfect (Buzzfeed) and all of #ThanksgivingwithBlackfamilies (the team @EssenceMag has some of the best ones).

Happy Thanksgiving everyone…


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