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100s of parents of the kidnapped Chibok girls are marching in Abuja as they mark 600 days since the girls were taken by Boko Haram militants. The group is marching to the presidential villa where they hope to meet with President Buhari, who parents say ‘shocked them’ after he recently revealed the Nigerian government still has no credible intelligence on where the girls may be (BBC News).

In Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Kabore ‘broke with the past’ by selecting 25 new ministers to serve in his inaugural cabinet. The new appointments follow Kabore’s selection of economist Paul Kaba Thieba to be his prime minister as the new president looks to distance himself from former ruler Blaise Compaore, who was overthrown by a popular protest in October after 27 years in power. (VOA News).

ICYMI South Africa’s Standard Bank Group Joint CEO, Sim Tshabalala issued a warning that, ‘persistent racial inequality and racism were a risk’ to stability and economic growth in the country. In a message to the staff of one of Africa’s largest banks, Tshabalala said the country’s competitiveness is “badly eroded by incomplete transformation and by racism” (Bloomberg News).

Generation Next

Muyiwa Matuluko (@MuyoSan) introduces us to Nigeria’s all-female legal tech startup DIYlaw.ng. The team recently won a $40K prize and the Innovation Justice award at the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East and West Africa (TechPoint).

What We Need

Eric Mugendi (@mougendi) looks at the 8 firms that have submitted proposals to provide laptops to Kenya’s Digital Literacy Program (TechCabal).

Econ101

Michael Famoroti (@Mikey_Fam) says economic development for Nigeria will be “a long and arduous process” and Nigeria’s economic future will depend on its leaders learning to, “appreciate the importance of how nations grow” (Stears NG).

Biz Dev

Now that Netflix has come to Africa, Omar Mohammed (@shurufu) wonders whether officials in Kenya  actually ‘get it’ as they fight over what the US-based streaming service is, and how they should regulate it (Quartz Africa).


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