You should know
South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma says he will meet with students in Pretoria on Friday to, “discuss the stalemate with regards to university fee increases” (The Guardian NG). This follows a week of protests that reached a tipping point yesterday when protestors pushed their way through the gates of Parliament and police fired stun grenades into the crowd. Zuma said in a statement released today, “It is important that we work together to find solutions.”
Rhodes University student-journalist, Chelsea Haith has this advice for media orgs on, ‘how to report the student protests‘ (Africa is a Country).
Côte d’Ivoire’s president Alasanee Ouattara is thought to be ‘heavily favored‘ heading into Sunday’s elections (VOA News). Siddhartha Mitter (@siddhmi) says the, ‘the French are back‘ thanks to the country’s impressive economic growth but competition from other foreign players wanting in on Francophone West-Africa’s largest economy is intensifying (Quartz Africa).
Eunice Onwona (@eonwona) was in Accra for the Invest in Ghana conference. Check out her live twitter-coverage from yesterday’s panels for advice + inspiration from some of Ghana’s most influential investors and business leaders.
Identity & Culture
Team Rize favorite, Latoya Peterson (@LatoyaPeterson) explores, ‘the gaming culture and playing while female’ for her original, digital doc that asks, ‘who gets to be a gamer?’ in Girl Gamers Episode 1 (Fusion).
Tolu Ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) continues his series, ‘on America‘ for The Scoop NG. This week he takes a look at what he sees as American-style leadership and compares it to his experiences with Nigeria’s version and gives his analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of the two countries’ constitutions.
Our (Urban) Environment
Accra’s mayor, Alfred Vanderpuije, recently explained to an audience at CityLabs London, how he solved a, ‘thorny problem’ effecting pedestrians, drivers and vendors in the city’s central marketplace area with only, ‘some red paint and some brushes‘ (City Lab / The Atlantic). Our own Victoria Okoye had this dissenting view to offer,
— Victoria Okoye (@victoria_okoye) October 21, 2015
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