You should know

Denis Sassou Nguesso has been re-elected president of Congo-Brazzaville after the constitution was amended to allow him to seek a third term. He won 60% of the vote, against 15% for his nearest challenger, the electoral body announced. (BBC)

Nigeria‘s oil industry unions, which staged a strike this month, are pressing the government to prevent oil majors hit by a slump in crude prices from laying off staff, the oil minister said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Australia‘s transport minister has said debris found off the coast off Mozambique “almost certainly” comes from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. In a statement on Thursday, Darren Chester said analysis by Malaysian investigation teams had concluded that the pieces of debris found were consistent with panels from the plane that went missing in March 2014. (Al Jazeera)

What we need

Nest Nairobi’s next event will be a panel discussion on music, technology and innovation in the entertainment industry.The #WhatsNext speaker series is a showcase aimed at sparking disruptive ideas and great conversations centered around asking what is next in a particular sector . (Techcabal)

In her latest piece, Mel Bailey (@MelB4freepress) writes about the risks and rewards of bagged water in West Africa. In cities throughout West Africa, bags of water can be found in many of the same small stores that sell pocket tissues and single eggs. (Africa Rizing)

Generation Next

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has announced the selection of 1,000 entrepreneurs for the second round of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), with Nigerians dominating the selection as 589 entrepreneurs from the country are set to join the programme. (Disrupt Africa)

Identity & Culture

Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg whose nimble, clever rhymes helped launch A Tribe Called Quest to both commercial and critical success, died Tuesday at the age of 45 from complications resulting from diabetes. (Rolling Stone)

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