You should know

Nigeria’s President Buhari is holding a retreat for his newly designated ministers at the presidential villa in Abuja today along with the vice president and other close aids (Punch NG). The Daily Sun’s Dr. Amanze Obi says the President has, ‘no need of ministers‘ (Naij.com).

The MEST Africa Technology Summit may be over but the 1st Bloomberg Africa Business Media Innovators 2015 summit opens in Johannesburg Monday. The 3 day event sponsored by Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) will bring media owners, senior editors, investors, and entrepreneurs together to, ‘identify strategies and actions to accelerate development‘ of an innovative media and financial sector in Africa that supports accountability, transparency and good governance.

Applications for entrepreneurs are now open for the Ignite2Ignite Ideas Contest (VC4Africa). The Nigeria-based Ignite Ideas organization says it is seeking, ‘talented, creative and dedicated young people‘ with a business or an idea they believe can become a successful company. (IgniteIdeas.org)

What We Need

Larry Iriving (@larry_irving) thinks Silicon Valley has the, ‘human, capital and intellectual resources needed‘ for the world to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and use technology to disrupt poverty (Medium).

Civic Tech

NetHope.org (@NetHope_org) has the ICT playbook to help guide organizations in the development sector to, leverage the power of technology to achieve the UN’s SDGs (TechChange.org)

Biz Dev

Africa’s richest man, billionaire Aliko Dangote shared what he sees as the, path to profits in Africa as part of a symposium at Harvard’s Center for African Studies (Harvard Gazette). And Efosa Ojomo (@EfosaOjomo) manages to link Dangote to 19th century American ‘Ice King’ Frederic Tudor to explain how innovation in infrastructure is a direct link to a country’s development and prosperity (Medium).


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