The past week was filled with stories across parts of the continent that showed how often citizens have to fight the governments they elected. The two notable examples are from Senegal and South Africa.

In Senegal, citizens are tired of a government that has failed to guarantee them some jobs or even deliver some basic services. The spark was the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, but that was just the straw that broke the camel's back. In South Africa, there were ongoing protests about free education.

In both cases, the underlying reason is citizens being disgruntled that politicians are not fulfilling the promises they made.

πŸ“· An ANC election poster before the 1994 elections in South Africa.

If you look closely enough, not just in Senegal and South Africa, but across the continent, the problem is the same pattern repeats itself often.

It is the same pattern that most African governments follow: they tell us whatever we want to hear before elections. Once elected, they do everything in their power to not fulfill any of the promises, worse, they attack us.

This needs to change.

Today's Stories

πŸ’Έ Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related lockdowns, there has been a steep decrease of remittances inbound to Nigeria during 2020 compared to 2019. As a result, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced a new incentive scheme to try and boost inbound remittances into the West African country. The newly announced Naira4Dollar remittance incentive scheme by CBN involves recipients of remittances inbound to Nigeria, through licensed money transfer companies, to earn a "bonus" or rebate of five Naira for every American dollar they receive or is sent to them. Link

πŸŒ‰ The African Development Bank Group is assisting Mozambique to recover from infrasture damage caused by recent cyclones. AfDB has funded the purchase of 26 bridges in Mozambique under the Post Cyclone Idai and Kenneth Emergency Recovery and Resilience Program. It is hoped that the modular bridges will help with the restoration of transport connections to the isolated regions of Manica, Sofala, Nampula, and Cabo Delgado. As a result, according to AfDB, an estimated 500,000 people are expected to benefit. Mozambique is regarded as one of the world’s most climate-stressed countries. Link

πŸ”‹ The roll-out of wind and solar PV projects in South Africa will undoubtedly deliver significant benefits to South Africa's power sector and the broader economy. The intermittent nature of these technologies does, however, pose unique challenges for the system operator in maintaining a secure and stable power grid. This also means that energy storage is a key piece of the puzzle in South Africa’s energy transition. In the context of ensuring a just energy transition, it is important to promote job creation and participation by local companies in energy storage projects. Link

πŸš— While not something that one encounters every day, electric vehicles (EVs) have already made their presence felt in Kenya. The past several weeks’ photos of a Kenya-registered Tesla was doing rounds on social media platforms. Given some of Kenya’s electricity problems and the almost non-existent charging stations, some of the funny comments were that the Tesla owner needed to have imported a power bank too. However, the electric vehicles market is slowly growing in Kenya as also witnessed that there are even some startups that are making a huge bet on the same. Link

🎨 South Africa’s Tshimologong has announced that applications are now open for the fifth edition of the Digital Lab Africa (DLA), a mentorship and incubation program for African creatives in innovative and digital content, are now open. The accelerator program is open to artists, producers, designers, collectives, students or entrepreneurs from both creative and cultural industries across Africa. In 2020, DLA received more than 500 applications from over 32 countries. For its fifth edition, Digital Lab Africa is switching to a fully online format. The incubation and mentorship programs followed by the DLA#5 laureates will include online activities, online mentorship, and participation in online industry events. Link

Today's Quote

Across Africa, governments follow the same pattern: they tell us whatever we want to hear before elections. Once elected, they do everything in their power to not fulfill any of the promises, worse, they attack us. This needs to change. (Tweet this | Share on WhatsApp)

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