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Protestors in Accra are demonstrating against recent increases to the price for electricity, water and fuel. The demonstrations are being organized by Ghana’s Trade Union Congress with strikes planned to continue through the end of the week as the protesters voice their complaints at the government about the introduction of new taxes and an increase to existing ones during this presidential election year (BBC News).

The 1st test of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘war on corruption’ starts today with the trial of former National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki. Dasuki is accused of defrauding the country over $68 million in defense spending.He is being joined in court this week by ex-director of finances at the NSA, Bashir Yuguda, and former defense minister Bello Haliru Mohammed who has separately been accused of fraud and colluding with Dasuki. All 3 men have plead ‘not guilty’ on all charges (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI Lily Kuo (@lilkuo) looks at a recent report from Amnesty International and lets us all know, ‘part of your Apple battery may have been mined by a child laborer in central Africa’. Companies including, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Sony, Lenovo, VW, Mercedes Daimler and others were all named in the report for failing to make sure their suppliers are not using child labor in DRC. (Quartz Africa).

What We Need

Co-founder of WomHub and WomEng, Naadiya Moosajee (@naadiyamoosajee) asks whether, Africa is leading the innovation revolution heading into this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos. Follow #WEF2016 and #Davos2016 on Twitter for all the insights and reactions from this year’s event (Huffington Post).

Generation Next

2 new essays from Media Diversified this week, the 1st by Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj (@AfrozeZJ) on, ‘what it’s like being Muslim in 2016′ and another by Qahwa Project co-editor, Leena Habiballa, ‘Too Black to be Arab, too Arab to be Black’.


Ryan Donahue (@rmdonahue) and Brad McDearman at the Brookings Institute Metro Policy Program (@BrookingsMetro) find 3 reasons foreign direct investments have advantages over domestic investment and ask, “does the ‘foreign’ in ‘foreign direct investment’ matter?” (Brookings Institute)

Identity & Culture

David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o have joined the growing number of Hollywood stars speaking out against the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars.  Nyong’o posted her disappointment in the Academy on Instagram while Oyelowo said, “this institution doesn’t reflect its president, (African-American Cheryl Boone Isaacs). I am an Academy member and it doesn’t reflect me. It doesn’t reflect this nation.” Follow the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on Twitter for an ongoing discussion on the importance of representation and diversity in Hollywood.

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