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Defrauding Big J, Libya's Ceasefire and Run Me My Money!

Welcome to the second episode of 2020! Welcome to The Brief where we bring you news from across Niger
Defrauding Big J, Libya's Ceasefire and Run Me My Money!
By TheBrief • Issue #39 • View online
Welcome to the second episode of 2020! Welcome to The Brief where we bring you news from across Nigeria and Africa!
Quote of the Week:
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
- Ecclesiastics 1:9 (The Bible)

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What's The Palava? (What's Going On In Nigeria?)
A Systematic Analysis of the Dangote Oil Refinery
Aliko Dangote’s 600,000 barrels a day refinery – the world’s second biggest – is due to start operations in just over a year’s time. This analysis from the Africa Report breaks down what this means and whether the refinery will actually be able to fulfill its economic promise.
Behind the hype, is Dangote’s refinery a game changer? | The Africa Report.com
Nigeria: The Economy That Keeps On Taking
“I did a study of the Nigerian economy a year ago, and I found that if you’re a dollar-based investor, holding naira for a five-year period over the last 15 or so years, there’s an almost 90% chance that you will suffer a devaluation.”
What's Going On Across Africa?
Libya’s Ceasefire
The GNA and LNA the two main sides of the Libyan civil war have declared a cease fire.
Turkey backs the Tripoli-based, UN recognised, GNA headed by Fayez al-Serraj, while Russian, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan support the Eastern based LNA.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Libyan peace talks will be held in Berlin, adding that Libya’s warring parties would need to play a major role to help find a solution.
Run Me My Money!
Zimbabwe’s public sector workers on Friday rejected a government offer to nearly double salaries for the lowest paid employees because it was not enough to cushion them against soaring prices.
“The top public workers’ union Apex Council said the government had offered to increase the salary for the lowest paid employee to 2,033 Zimbabwe dollars ($123.68) from 1,033 Zimbabwe dollars a month. There would also be a one-off allowance of 750 Zimbabwe dollars.”
How West Africa Orders on Amazon
Check out this article on how the West African informal economy orders through Amazon:
The Secret Behind Amazon Package Delivery to West Africa - The New York Times
Puff and Pass
South Africa’s Finance Minister, the irrepressible Tito Mboweni has called for the legalisation of the sale of Marijuana as a way to create additional tax revenue for the country.
Tito Mboweni
On this one, the majority says: LEGALIZE IT!! I will put the proposal to legalize it at the Cabinet Lekgotla this January. The People have demanded it. But those medical doctors🙈🙈. 😳😳 https://t.co/WGC78wsByC
4:45 PM - 9 Jan 2020
In 2019 South Africa’s Constitutional Court decriminalised the private possession, use and cultivation of cannabis.
Selling cannabis at any scale remains illegal.
What in the world??
(our segment where we highlight the most outrageous story we have come across while scraping the web for news articles for you)
We have taken to using what we call the Ehn scale. The longer the Ehn the more incredulous. For example, President Buhari is not Nigeria’s most prolific travel bloggerEhnnnnn? Got it?
Defrauding Jesus
The Presiding Bishop of Winner’s Chapel, David Oyedepo, has dismissed some officials for allegedly stealing from the church’s treasury and committing accounting fraud.
The devil works hard but Big J works harder.
Rating: Ehhhhnnnnnnnnnnnnnn? Y'all really have no fear.
Editor's Corner
Any thought comes and goes. Any action is forever. Start.
There is the popular proverb “the best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, the next best time is now”. What have you always wanted to do? Start. Start now. 2020 is as memorable a year as any to say you established something/started a habit.
Listen to author and journalist Karen Lamb (courtesy of James Clear) “A year from now you will wish you had started today.
Let me leave you with this thought: “Hell is to meet the person you could have been at death, only to realize that you are not even a shadow of that person…
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