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US and Kenya Get Cozy, Regulating Nigeria Into Poverty and I'm In Love With A Stripper

Welcome to this week’s episode of The Brief where we bring you news from across Nigeria and Africa! Q
US and Kenya Get Cozy, Regulating Nigeria Into Poverty and I'm In Love With A Stripper
By TheBrief • Issue #42 • 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:
“It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”
Abraham Harold Maslow
Space I can recover. Time, never.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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?)
Regulating Nigeria Into Poverty
The Lagos state government has officially banned motorcycles and tricycles in most parts of the state. In addition, government officials have categorically stated that tech-enabled bike-hailing companies such as ORide, MAX.ng and Gokada will be affected by this app.
Why? According to the commissioner for transport Frederick Oladeinde, “motorcycles and tricycles are not part of the Lagos masterplan. They came in because there is a gap, but they don’t have a place in a mega-city because of security and safety.”  
Jubril A. Gawat
Also .. For people asking .. “What of Alternatives?”

Lagos State Govt says Buses will be rolled out for these areas but first thing is that, Transportation has to be SAFE & those areas will be adequately covered.

#ForAGreaterLagos https://t.co/R1VJFiDMNA
3:27 PM - 27 Jan 2020
So did the government provide a ready to roll-out alternative? Short answer, no.
As above, the government have promised to roll out more buses to those areas. But for now there are thousands of people previously earning a living for themselves and their families through hard and honest work suddenly find themselves out of a job. Additionally, commuters across the “mega-city” will find it incredibly difficult to move around what is already one of the world’s worst traffic situations and the planet’s third most stressful city. The government has enacted an ill-thought out policy which will have an outsized impact on those who can least afford it.
While we understand that these forms of transportation can be unsightly and haphazard, until more efficient and cost-effective transportation is available, such as the metro lines which should have launched more than nine (9) years ago, this is the option we have.
Nigerians have found a way to innovate around a difficult situation . This regulation has moved us backwards, cancelling out millions of dollars in needed investment and destroying jobs at a time we need more, not less.
What's Going On Across Africa?
U.S. and Kenya Get Cozy
The U.S. and Kenya will announce  negotiations on a bilateral free-trade agreement next week. If completed, it could be the first such deal between the world’s biggest economy and a sub-Saharan African nation, and a model for the region.
Rwanda Stays Winning
Economic growth in Rwanda could accelerate to more than 10% this year if construction of a planned $1.3 billion airport starts, according to the World Bank, which increased its estimate for 2019 expansion for a second time.
Speaking of East Africa
The worst locust plague in more than half a century is threatening East Africa. Swarms of the insects are already devouring crops in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and they’re multiplying in Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan. The United Nations warns new breeding risks spreading the devastation and is an “unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa.” 
Tech In Africa
Kenyan delivery solutions startup, Sendy raises $20 million in a Series B round, to improve its tech and expand to West Africa.
Pan African Bank Ecobank launches Sandbox that will allow financial -tech companies and partners to access its APIs for the development of innovative solutions for the 33 African countries where it operates.
Google Launches First Developer Space in Africa. Open in Lagos, Nigeria, the space is the fulfillment of a 2017 promise made by Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai. The space will host Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme as well as developer meet-ups, trainings and other activities.
A Hero
“If I only raise funds for the construction of my church while my Muslim brothers’ mosque is in the same situation, I shall disappoint God. Our faith is different, but not our love". A hero.
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.
Forget The Baby, Baby
“Men drinking their partners’ breast milk is not uncommon in some areas of Uganda, and in parts of Tanzania and Kenya. It is now being linked to gender violence and coercive behaviour and there are concerns over the impact on babies’ nutrition.”
East Africa, WHAT IS GOING ON??
Rating: Ehhhhnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn????
I’m In Love With A Stripper
Ex-Drexel professor arrested for spending $96K in grant money on strip clubs
Sigh, why did you have to be Nigerian?
Rating: Ehhhhnnnnnnn????
Editor's Corner
  1. Action forces prioritization.
  2. What you decide to pay attention to is your life. Listening to a podcast discuss the commoditization of attention i.e. how Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms sell our time and focus. If our attention makes these companies billions of dollars a year, are we giving it the value it truly deserves? Are we making sure our life’s goals are our main priorities? Are we spending our most limited resource effectively, or on auto-pilot?
  3. What is wealth? Check out the tweet below.
James Clear
Wealth is the power to choose.

Financial wealth is the power to choose how to spend money.

Social wealth is the power to choose who to hang out with.

Calendar wealth is the power to choose how to spend your time.

Mental wealth is the power to choose your thoughts.
3:26 AM - 31 Jan 2020
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