You should know

Former president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, goes to trial on January 28 for charges of crimes against humanity based on alleged post election violence in 2010 and 2011. (VOA News)

Applications for the SWIFT Innotribe (@Innotribe) Start up Challenge for Africa are now open, until March 18. Top three start ups will receive US$10,000. (Disrupt Africa)

Female suicide bombers attack Chibok, Nigeria killing 13 in an explosion. (BBC Africa)

What We Need is hosting the first Africa meets Latin America Tech Meetup in New York on January 28. And it’s Free! The event hopes to provide an opportunity for those interested in the two tech startup ecosystems. (Disrupt Africa)

Here’s a guide for the upcoming Social Media Week Lagos, since going to every event is nearly impossible. (Techcabal)

Generation Next

Thousands of young people representing the Democratic Alliance of South Africa  protested against unemployment where rates are as high as 25%. (RFI)

Biz Dev

South Africa’s Fastvan, a shipping start up, just launched a logistics app and is looking to expand to the rest of the continent. (Disrupt Africa)

Identity & Culture

The first ever Festival Acoustik Bamako (@acoustikbamako), kicked off Jan 27 in Mali. The festival aims to promote Malian culture through music and art and give new life to Mali’s creative industry. (Maliweb)

People took to twitter on Jan. 27 pushing the #Oscarssowhite even farther. How can one #makeamoviewhiter? The responses are hilarious.

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