You should know

The Cop21 Sustainable Innovation forum continues today in Paris. You can follow the BBC’s live blog for continuous coverage and look for #Cop21 on Twitter. Mel Bailey (@MelB4FreePress) met with people in the Senegalese coastal town of Thiawléne to learn how climate change is effecting their shoreline and their community.

In Burkina Faso election officials say former prime minister Roch Marc Christian Kabore is the winner of the country’s first presidential election in decades (VOA News).

Nigerian authorities have arrested former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki on charges of embezzling $2B by awarding ‘phantom contracts’ for the purchase of ammunition, jets and helicopters for Nigeria’s military (BBC Africa).

The U.S.-based PBS NewsHour begins its week-long video series on Nigeria entitled, “Pain and Promise” with a  look at the government’s attempts to wipe out Boko Haram (PBS NewsHour).

What We Need

David Adeleke (@davidiadeleke) tells you, ‘why you need a mentor in tech‘ if you’re next startup is going to be a success (Tech Cabal).

Fati Abubakar (IG @bitsofborno) is taking her followers ‘beyond Boko Haram’ to show them the vibrant world of Maiduguri in Borno State (Africa is a Country).

Biz Dev

Startup hub and tech incubator iDEA Nigeria is now accepting new applications from startups into its incubation and accelerator programs (Tech Cabal).

China’s President Xi Jingping is in Harare today to meet with President Mugabe. Expectations are their conversations will focus on economic investment opportunities between the two countries as China continues its reach and influence on the continent. NewsDay ZW is posting live updates of the 2 presidents’ meeting throughout the day.

Urban Environments

Drew Hinshaw (@drewfhinshaw) continues the Wall Street Journal’s “Demographic Destiny” series with this look at Lokoja, the fastest-growing city on Earth (Wall Street Journal).

Identity & Culture

Kobina Graham (@kobbygraham), a DJ and cultural studies lecturer at Ashesi University shares his story as one of a growing number of young professionals born in the UK who are choosing to migrate ‘home’ to Africa (BBC). And Black American expats are discussing their ‘new lives in West Africa‘ too (h/t @ForHarriet).


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