You should know

Alasanne Ouattara has been sworn in for a 2nd term as President of Cote d’Ivoire in a ceremony that was live-tweeted by the President’s press secretary, Hussein Kouame (@husseinkouame).

Sub-Saharan Africa’s first metro railway is open in Addis Ababa. More than 60,000 commuters are expected to ride the elevated rail in one of the continent’s most congested urban centers (CNN Africa).

The MEST Africa Technology Summit kicks off today in Accra. The summit features a series of panels and keynote presentations to, ‘identify and explore the disruption, key players and revolutions sweeping across the continent‘. Not in Accra? Follow @MESTGhana and tweet your questions for panelists to @AfriTechSummit with the hashtag #AskATS.

International leaders in energy, finance, policy and technology are in Lagos for the, 2nd annual Power Nigeria conference. Follow @PowerNigeria for live updates from the 2-day event and watch #PNCONF2015 as it begins trending in Nigeria.

And internet business executives are in Dublin this week in one of the largest gatherings of tech and media moguls. More than 40,000 people from 130+ countries, including senior execs from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber, Twitter and Slack, are expected to attending this year’s #Web Summit2015.

What We  Need

Michelle Obama (@FLOTUS) says, ‘let girls learn‘ advocating for the 62 million girls worldwide who are not in school. The First Lady is taking a leading public role in advocating for an answer to the ‘global crisis’ in girls education saying it will take, ‘not just investment, but challenging cultural beliefs and practices‘ (The Atlantic).

Co-Founder of ‘Black Swan Factory‘, The Family (@_TheFamily), Nicolas Colin(@Nicolas_Colin) asks, ‘what makes an entrepreneurial ecosystem?‘ (Medium)

Biz Dev

These 4  charts from Bloomberg Business show why MTN’s $5.2B Nigerian fine matters so much (Bloomberg Africa / @BBGAfrica).

Identity & Culture

The editors of Buzzfeed Cocoa Butter (@CocoaButterBF) are running a series of features on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S., ‘taking a look at everything — from financing to fashion — that makes these colleges what they are, uniquely American institutions.’  Today in the AR ‘fake offices’ we’re spending our time diving into, ‘Hacking The Pipeline: How Black Colleges Are Taking Tech’s Diversity Issue Into Their Own Hands‘ (BuzzFeed).

And Howard University (@HowardU) hosts an international conference beginning tomorrow, ‘Pan-Africanism and Negritude’ on the university’s Washington, D.C. campus. The 2-day conference brings together panels of academics, writers, diplomats and activists to discuss to, ‘contribute to the reconstruction of the bond between Africans and African Diaspora, and to the defragmentation of the memory of the scattered Africa and Africans caused by the slavery, colonization and (im)migration’ (Pan-African Howard).


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