You should know

There’s been another attack by terrorists on a Bamako hotel used as headquarters for the EU military force in the Mali (VOA News). At least one of last night’s attackers was killed by security forces and the EU mission said there were no casualties among its staff.  This attack comes only 4 months after an attack by AQIM on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako and only weeks after the attack at a Cote d’Ivoire beach resort (BBC News).

President Mahamadou Issoufou looks to be heading to a ‘crushing victory’ in Niger following the opposition coalition’s decision to declare a boycott of the country’s run-off election (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI President Muhammadu Buhari is encouraging diversification away from oil production and urging his country’s banks to boost lending to Nigeria’s agriculture sector. Africa’s leading oil producer has been hard hit by the global drop in crude oil prices causing the nation’s economy to grow by less than 3% over the last year, its slowest pace in more than a decade (CNBC Africa).

Civic Tech

Keith Jones, co-founder at SW7, one of Africa’s largest mentor-led tech innovation accelerators, shares how he believes African governments can promote socio-economic development on the continent by supporting tech startups and innovators (Disrupt Africa).

What We Need

The editors @TheEconomist say while new investments in infrastructure and ‘gleaming new ports sound good for Africa in theory’governments from Kenya, to South Africa, to Nigeria all need to deal with ‘pilfering officials’, too (The Economist).

Econ 101

One of our 2016 Rizers to Watch, Feyi Fawehinmi (@doubleeph) looks at a 1982 book on Brazil’s ‘unique economic history’ and wonders if there’s something for Nigerian’s to learn who think they can “dodge all this hard work” of developing their nation’s economy (Medium).

Identity & Culture

Noisey editor Kyle Kramer (@KyleKramer) looks back at the recent performance by Davido (@iam_Davido) at SXSW and how it reminds us, ‘how beautiful it can be to turn up’ (Noisey / VICE).

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