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).

Generation Next

Iyinoluwa Aboyej (@iaboyeji) says, ‘the future of tech talent is Africa‘ (Wall Street Journal) and Yepoka Yeebo (@yeppi_yeebo) looks at why, ‘the young and talented‘ are returning to Ghana (BBC).

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).

Civic Tech

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).

Biz Dev

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).

And Feyi Fawenhimi (@DoubleEph) has this look at the ‘(not so) brief history‘ of the naira (Quartz Africa).

Identity & Culture

The Future Project hosted the 10th annual Future Awards Africa (@TFAAfrica) last night in Lagos. ICYMI, take a look back through all the Twitter moments using #TFAA10 and #AfricaNeedsYou.


Sign up for our daily newsletter to enjoy Compass from your inbox.