You should know

A university in South Africa is being evacuated and the campus shut indefinitely after protesting students torched buildings, destroying the administration building, a spokesman for the facility has said. (The Guardian)

As many as 200 soldiers were killed in an attack on a Kenyan military camp in Somalia by al Shabaab Islamists last month, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told a television station, although Kenya rejected the figure. (Reuters)

In an attempt to deal with a rise in sexual violence and teenage pregnancies in Sierra Leone, the country’s government has moved to address the issue through an alternative education initiative. Under a program started in October, many pregnant girls, previously barred from attending school, now have classes available to them. (VOA News)

Biz Dev

Cameroonian video games studio Kiro’o Games (@KIROOGames) has announced the release date of its inaugural African-themed game, which has been over two years in the making. The game is set to include numerous hand-drawn African animated characters featuring in 20 hours’ worth of fantasy-combat gameplay. (Disrupt Africa)

Civic Tech

Lenovo (@lenovo) has set its sights on Africa as the next emerging smartphone superpower ahead of both India and China. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Eric Cador, president of Lenovo’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations, said the continent’s widespread adoption rates of internet access via smartphone  rather than desktop positioned it as the next great market. (The Telegraph)

What We Need

Ghanaian architects once turned to Europe and the United States for inspiration. Not any more. They’re returning to their roots, and making beautiful buildings. (CNN)

Identity & Culture

Linguist Kola Tubosun launched earlier this month, YorubaName.com, an online dictionary of traditional Yoruba names, aimed at Yoruba people who might have forgotten their name’s meaning or never learned it in the first place. (VOA)


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