You should know

Rwandans are voting in a national referendum on the constitution that could allow President Paul Kagame to remain in power for another 18 years. Local observers are predicting a strong turnout and that voters will support the proposed change (VOA News).

The AU’s Peace and Security Council is proposing to send 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi. If the proposal moves forward, it would be the 1st time the AU has sent a force into a country without its consent (Reuters Africa).

John Bowker (@JohnHBowker) reports South African telecom giant MTN will dispute the $3.9 billion fine by Nigeria’s NCC in a Lagos court after releasing a statement to shareholders it had ‘exhausted all other options’ to reducing the fine (Bloomberg).

What We Need

Ifeoma Ezeani looks beyond the scandal surrounding Nigeria’s ex-national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki to explain why ‘money laundering matters’ in this 2nd article in a series of reports for Stears NG.

Astronomist and physicist Jedidah C. Isler (@JedidahIslerPhD) responds to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent remarks questioning the abilities of Black students and discredits (again) the “mismatch theory” by detailing ‘the benefits’ of Black physics students (NY Times).

Biz Dev

Dayo Olopade (@madayo) says, ‘Africa could unleash billions of dollars’ if only North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa would work together (Quartz Africa).

Nicolas Friederici (@friedema) looks at the role of incubators and accelerators on the continent and says it’s time to, ‘re-define the term ecosystem in Africa’ to find out what tech entrepreneurs really need (VC4Africa).

Identity & Culture

In the U.S., Ruth Graham (@publicroad) looks at the reasons why a Chicago professor at an evangelical Christian college was suspended, not for wearing a hijab in her class but for saying Muslims and Christians all worship the same God (The Atlantic). While Mel Bailey (@melb4freepress) looks at the conversation around Islam and feminism on social media and recently met with Muslim women in Dakar who are debating the right to wear the niqab (AfricaRizing).

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