You should know

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls spoke on French radio this morning announcing France’s air force has made, more than 150 raids on Syria. Many of the attacks have targeted the ISIL controlled city of Raqqa with more bombings expected this week (NPR / The Two-Way).

Bujumbura mayor Freddy Mbonimpa is alive after escaping what is being reported as an assassination attempt last night. 6 more people were killed and others wounded in the capital city yesterday as violence in Burundi continues to escalate (BBC Africa). Over the weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama provided a video message to people in Burundi and called on the country’s leaders to, take part in talks to end the country’s political crisis to bring an end to the violence in the country (VOA News).

Nigeria is postponing MTN’s $5.2 billion fine but as Omar Mohammed (@shurufu) writes, “the damage has already been done” (Quartz Africa).

Global Entrepreneurship Week is underway. This year, more than 30 African countries are participating in the weeklong celebration of, “the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare”. Follow #GEW15 all week on Twitter for live updates from entrepreneurs around the world (Global Entrepreneurship Network).

What We Need

Impact investing is beginning to gain ground in Africa. According to research from the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, at the University of Cape Town, almost half of all investments made in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are being aimed at, “positive social, environmental and governance impact” (Disrupt Africa).

Washington post Deputy Digital Editor, Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) says, “Nigeria’s worrisome humanitarian situation demands more attention” (Washington Post).

Biz Dev

The Executive Secretary at UNECA, Carlos Lopes (@ECA_Lopes), gives these 5 reasons why he believes Africa’s economies are, “still rising” (Mail & Guardian).

The team @ventureburn has, “everything you need to know about the West African startup landscape” (Venture Burn).

The WIMBIZ, women in business conference begins today in Lagos. The annual conference has as its vision, “to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building”. You can follow @wimbiz on Twitter and use hashtag #WIMBIZAnnualConference.

Identity & Culture

And we’ll let you decide whether this West African remake of Prince’s classic film, Purple Rain is “cinematic magic” (Dangerous Minds).


Sign up for our daily newsletter to enjoy Compass from your inbox.