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Rwanda Rises, What's Up? Taxes and The 50th Anniversary of Biafra

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Rwanda Rises, What's Up? Taxes and The 50th Anniversary of Biafra
By TheBrief • Issue #40 • View online
Welcome to this week’s episode of The Brief where we bring you news from across Nigeria and Africa!
Quote of the Week:
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.
- James Baldwin (American novelist, playwright, and activist.)
You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.
- Marcus Aurelius

What's The Palava? (What's Going On In Nigeria?)
What’s Up? Taxes
The Federal Government of Nigeria has implemented a new Finance Act, which was signed into law on Monday. The aim of the bill is to align Nigeria’s tax system with global best practices, incentivize investments in capital and infrastructure projects, make it easier for small and medium scale enterprises to do business and to increase government’s non-oil revenue. The last of these points is especially important considering how little tax the government collects in relation to other countries across the globe. 
What does this mean practically?
The infographics below from Detail Solicitors of Nigeria breaks it down:
50 Year Anniversary of the Biafran War
This week fifty years ago, on Jan. 15, Nigeria’s civil war ended. With casualties of more than one million people, it was conflict so horrific it inspired the founding of Medecins sans frontieres (Doctors without Borders).
It is both painful and unfortunate that the Nigerian government has done nothing to mark this tragic conflict. It is hard to expect much to be done while those who committed these acts are actively in power, but a nation that refuses to confront its past can never heal from generational wounds.
Check out these articles for a full-some take on the conflict 50 years on.
Remembering Nigeria's Biafra war that many prefer to forget - BBC News
Opinion | Nigeria Is Haunted by Its Civil War - The New York Times
Medicine In Nigeria Advances
Nigerian conjoined twins were successfully separated by 78-member team in Abuja.
The surgery to separate the twins happened in November last year but details have only just been released by the hospital, because they wanted to ensure there were no post surgery complications.
The girls are the first to be successfully separated at the government-run specialist center.
Read more here.
What's Going On Across Africa?
Ethiopia Builds Africa’s Largest Airport
Ethiopia has commenced plans to build Africa’s largest airport worth an estimated $5 billion. The airport once complete will have a capacity of up to 100 million passengers yearly. With such capacity, the airport will surpass both Heathrow International and Dubai International.
The airport will form the new hub for the already massively successful Ethiopian Airlines, which is the most profitable African airline.
…And I Oop
Documents have been leaked which reveal how Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the recently deposed President José Eduardo dos Santos (President of Angola from 1979 to 2017), and her family systematically plundered the country.
Isabel dos Santos: Africa's richest woman 'ripped off Angola' - BBC News
Rwanda Rising
According to the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”) Rwanda’s economy is expected to grow by 8% this year and in 2021 versus an estimated 8.5% in 2019
Opp Block
Gambia’s justice minister warned that former dictator Yahya Jammeh would face immediate arrest if he returned home, much to the chagrin of his supporters who in recent days have called for his return from exile.
The justice minister also said it is indisputable that crimes against humanity were carried out under Mr Jammeh’s administration.
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?
Catching Flights Not Elections
Nigeria’s most prolific travel blogger is at it again! President Buhari is heading to his favourite country (England not Nigeria for those who are new here).
BREAKINGTIMES
President Buhari departs Abuja for UK https://t.co/EBxQFm54ID https://t.co/mvDx7klT3o
4:46 PM - 17 Jan 2020
Some reacted to this news by asking:
Chef Imoteda
Urgh can this blogger go to a new city? Tired of seeing photos of England. https://t.co/Ij56QwgNE2
8:05 PM - 18 Jan 2020
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