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Politics and petroleum have brought down Africa’s two biggest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, as both nations look down the barrel of recession. Oil giant Nigeria will release quarterly growth figures Wednesday that most likely will confirm the economy is in recession. (VOA)

Rules over how female students wear their hair at a South African high school have been suspended after anti-racism protests from black pupils, a local minister says. Pupils at Pretoria Girls High say staff often tell them to straighten their hair and they are not allowed afros. School rules would be suspended while an independent investigation takes place into the allegations, Gauteng province’s education minister said. (BBC)

The death toll from a car bomb blast in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has risen to at least 15, police said. Tuesday’s suicide bombing near the Somali president’s palace in Mogadishu caused a huge blast and destroyed two hotels nearby. (AlJazeera)

Civic Tech

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is visiting Nigeria for a few days. Zuckerberg says he’ll be “meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria” during his time in Lagos. In line with this, Zuckerberg’s first notable stop was at Co-Creation Hub (Cc Hub), in Yaba, Lagos’ Silicon Valley-style ground zero for start-ups. (Quartz)

Meet & Tweet Ghana

Join the Africa Rizing team for a 2-day training workshop at Impact Hub Accra where attendees will have the opportunity to hear from successful entrepreneurs, bloggers, and activists featured in our Rizers to watch campaign of 2016. Come out and meet the journalists behind the brand, and learn important skills like social media branding, smartphone reporting, field reporting and event coverage. Meet & Tweet Journalist & Entrepreneur Training Session is free  and open to the public. Register today.

Arts &
Culture &

At 82 years old, Esther Mahlangu is not only an artist and teacher, but one of the last skilled custodians of the traditions of the Ndebele people. Her painting uses the pigments of her surroundings: the black comes from the mud in the river; the grey from a tree leaf pounded into paste; and there are five colours to be extracted from the African soil nearby. Along with art, the battle against Aids is Mahlangu’s passion now and the two obsessions have led her into an extraordinary collaboration. (The Guardian)

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