You should know
Pope Francis begins his first official tour of Africa with stops planned in Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic over the next several days. Today the Pope is in Nairobi and scheduled to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta (VOA News). The Catholic Herald has this full schedule of the Pope’s appearances and iLab Africa has even developed an app to help Pope Francis’ followers navigate his visit to Kenya (Quartz).
President Muhammadu Buhari is continuing his crusade against corruption in Nigeria. During a meeting with a Nigerian community in Tehran yesterday, President Buhari said, “all Nigerian government officials and their allies who have stolen from the public purse must return what they took” and said he will go back to at least 1999, beyond the previous Jonathan administration, to “have everything back – all that they took by force in 16 years” (Sahara Reporters).
Representatives for the ministry of power in Ghana say, the recent “worsening dumsor situation” is caused by the shutdown of the Ghana National Gas Company. A statement signed by head of Public Affairs at the ministry, Kweku Sersah-Johnson, says the recent shutdown was necessary for the installation of the African-Middle East investment power plant which the ministry says, will generate an additional 250 MW to help alleviate Ghana’s ongoing power issues. (GBC).
Yinka Ibukun (@YIbukun) says Nigeria’s “unconventional tools make policy hard to predict” and the country’s ‘politics’ may be getting in the way of its central bank making sound economic decision making (Bloomberg).
Ken Kimmell (@KenKimmell) president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, says, “climate change absolutely represents a more sustained and more long-term threat to the planet than terrorism” as Paris prepares to host world leaders at the COP21 Sustainable Innovation Forum beginning November 30th (Medium / @GroundTruth).
The AfricaRizing team is getting you ready for COP21 with an animation that helps explain how climate change is effecting Africa’s coast lines. We’ll be posting more videos and updates from COP21 all next week at, africarizing.org/climate.
What We Need
Dr. Arnold Ikedichi Okpani has published a new article that calls for “operationalizing universal health coverage through social health insurance” in Nigeria (Nigerian Medical Journal).
Identity & Culture
The 1st official trailer for Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ has been released, giving us a look (finally!) at Black Panther ahead of the movie’s May 2016 opening (Youtube).
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