You should know
The National Electoral Commission in Rwanda says it is ‘ready to conduct a referendum‘ on a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a 3rd term after 2017 (All Africa).
A statement released by Nigeria’s military says it has carried out air strikes against Boko Haram destroying at least 11 of the terrorist group’s bases “deep inside” Sambisa forest along the country’s border with Cameroon (BBC).
In Burkina Faso, authorities have charged General Gilbert Diendere, who led September’s failed coup attempt, ‘with complicity in the 1987 assassination‘ of Thomas Sankara (Al Jazeera / Reuters).
What We Need
Over the weekend, Ugandan men came together in Kampala wearing women’s high-heeled shoes for the, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. The walk protested sexual violence against women and helped raise money for ‘chronically underfunded’ rape crisis centers in the country (VOA News).
The availability of open data and ‘real time’ results helped give confidence to citizens of Burkina Faso in the fairness and recent results of the country’s 1st presidential election in decades (The Guardian).
Keith Bradsher (@KeithBradsher) and Adam Nossiter travel around Nigeria to examine a ‘complex web of dependency‘ and the downside that comes with Chinese investment (NY Times) while Tolu Ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) simply asks, ‘what’s in it for us?‘ when it comes to Nigeria and China dealings (Financial Times).
Identity & Culture
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