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Student protests continue at the University of Lagos following Thursday’s decision to shut down the school after fuel shortages resulted in insufficient water supply and electricity throughout campus (BBC News). Follow #Unilag on Twitter for reactions and live updates on the protests throughout the day.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to sign a loan deal with China next week. Sources say the loan will fund construction works of Chinese firms for infrastructure projects in Nigeria. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has said the Nigerian president will visit China from April 11-15 to sign “cooperation agreements” and attend business meetings with Chinese leaders (CNBC Africa).
ICYMI The IMF says Somalia has ‘marked a milestone’ in its development by taking steps to normalize relations with international financial institutions. IMF officials recently met with Somali authorities in Nairobi to discuss a staff-monitored program focusing on policies to improve governance and fiscal management and foster development in the financial sector (VOA News).
The team at She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) is taking applications for their 3-month accelerator program to, ‘identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs’. Those interested can visit the SLA website for more information with submissions open through the end of May.
Yomi Kazeem (@TheYomiKazeem) dives into the data from the latest How Africa Tweets report showing how Twitter continues to, ‘provide an important platform for political discourse’ across the continent. The report analyzed 1.6 billion tweets and 5,000 hashtags from 2015 and found that politics-related tweets in Africa ‘generally topped the rates’ of political tweets in the United States and UK (Quartz Africa).
Identity & Culture
#HappyFriday Start your weekend off right with the 1st entry for the song of the summer from Wizkid and Drake featuring Kyla as they connect over classic UK house and afrobeats for One Dance (Pitchfork).
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