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Nigeria in a Chokehold, Show Me the Money and Lion King

Welcome to this week’s episode of The Brief where we bring you news from across Nigeria and Africa! M
Nigeria in a Chokehold, Show Me the Money and Lion King
By TheBrief • Issue #37 • View online
Welcome to this week’s episode of The Brief where we bring you news from across Nigeria and Africa!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers across the globe!! Here’s to another 52 issues of The Brief!
Quote of the Week:
I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1000 things.
Steve Jobs
The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.
Warren Buffett

What's The Palava? (What's Going On In Nigeria?)
Got Nigeria in a Chokehold
The most accurate depiction of Dangote and Nigeria in 2019
The most accurate depiction of Dangote and Nigeria in 2019
According to the Managing-Director of Dangote Tomatoes Processing Plant, Abdulkarim Lawal Kaita, the Federal Government of Nigeria needs to ban the importation of fresh and processed tomatoes as the company has the capacity to produce for both domestic consumption and exports.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (and other Lion King Songs)
A herd of some 250 elephants has been spotted in Nigeria’s far northeast, close to the borders with Cameroon and Chad i.e. in the area occupied by Boko Haram.
According to conservationist, Tunde Marokinyo, co-founder of Africa Nature Investors, “the sighting of this herd means Nigeria’s elephant population has effectively doubled,”  in between visits to the Gashaka Gumti National Park in northeast Nigeria. Who would have imagined that a jihadist insurgency was good for wildlife? Certainly not us. But the elephants are returning to their migrations routes now due to a reduction in violence in the area which is great to see. Read more here.
Sweet Sweet Freedom!
The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally released, Revolution Now convener and Sahara Reporters publisher — Omoyele Sowore, together with the former National Security Adviser — Sambo Dasuki, following their protracted and illegal detention and after severe domestic and international condemnation.
With this, 2020 is bound to be an interesting year.
The Definition of “Less Busy”
The Kano State Government has banned persons of opposite genders from plying same commercial tricycles across the state from January, 2020.
What's Going On Across Africa?
Uber Everywhere
Egypt’s competition authority approves Uber acquisition of Careem with conditions. Careem is one of Uber’s major rivals in the Middle East and North Africa.
Uber bought Careem for $3.1 billion in March in a deal expected to close in January. Careem will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Uber but will continue to operate as an independent brand with independent management.
Arrest Warrant
Ivory Coast’s public prosecutor accused former rebel leader Guillaume Soro of plotting a coup, which could result in him being barred from running in presidential elections next year. Soro has been a dominant figure in Ivory Coast politics for at least 15 years and is seen as a contender to take over from President Alassane Ouattara.
A group of Ivory Coast opposition parties accused state authorities of trying to intimidate them before next year’s presidential election via the issuance of this warrant.
Show Me the Moneyyyy
According to the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”), Equatorial Guinea’s leader Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the world’s longest-serving president, should declare his assets before the nation receives more financial support.
The central African country needs an IMF bailout to deal with a crisis that shrank its economy by a third to $13 billion last year.
Guinea-Bissau Decides
Voters in Guinea-Bissau began casting ballots today in a run-off presidential election pitting two former prime ministers. Incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz failed to make it to the second round after a five-year term marred by regular high-level sackings, a barely functioning parliament and weeks of turmoil in the run-up to the first-round ballot. Read more here.
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 blogger: Ehnnnnn? Got it?
Woman Beater Gets Award (too on the nose?)
Senator Elisha Abbo has won the “Beacon of Hope” award months after beating woman on camera.
The man who couldn't keep his hands to himself (right).
The man who couldn't keep his hands to himself (right).
He was voted the youngest senator of the 9th Senate with high hopes for a more enlightened legislature with higher youth participation. However, weeks before his inauguration, he beat up and arrested a woman for telling him to calm down during a heated exchange inside a sex toy shop in Abuja, and the exchange was caught on video.
Abbo was similarly honoured with an “ICON at Democracy” award by the Intercommunity Awareness for Change and Development Initiative (IACDI) just weeks after the incident in July.
Nigerian senator caught on camera assaulting woman at sex toy shop
Nigerian senator caught on camera assaulting woman at sex toy shop
Rating: We have no rating as even for Nigeria this is ridiculous. The country has out-satired us.
Editor's Corner
It’s your road… Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you” - Rumi
A different line of thought also sprang from a recent interview with Jurgen Klopp, the enigmatic German manager of Liverpool Football Club. In the interview he discusses his way of life and his leadership style. He summarises by stating that for him, leadership is the ability to know you do not know everything, be empathic, and be willing to let others around you grow knowing that you need experts around you who know more than you do.

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