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More than 90% of voters in a ‘controversial referendum’ in Congo-Brazzaville  approved changes to the country’s constitution that will allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a third term – which he is expected to win by a similarly overwhelming margin. Opposition leader Pascal Tsaty Mabiala, secretary of the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy party calls the announced results, ‘a fantasy’ (BBC Africa).

Votes in Tanzania, and Cote d’Ivoire are still being counted with results expected to be announced later in the week after Sunday’s elections. In Tanzania,  Minister John Magufuli  faces off against Edward Lowassa while in Côte d’Ivoire, President Ouattara is expected to win another term.

Nigeria’s Communication Commission (NCC) is fining MTN $5.2 billion for failing to disconnect more than 5million unregistered sim cards before the recent deadlines set by the NCC (Quartz Africa). Senior officials at MTN say they are in talks with NCC regulators and, ‘hope to resolve the matter‘ (BBC Business).

Our Environments

A new mini, portable wind turbine invented by two brothers, could charge your phone or power your house (Fast Company Exist)>

Accra’s central business district is becoming increasingly clogged with cars, trotros, and street traders. Victoria Okoye (@victoria_okoye) asks, ‘can the Mayor’s red paint really save the city’s streets?’

What We  Need

Whitney Kassel (@whitneykassel) says, ‘the essential foreign policy book of 2015‘ is Ta-Nehisi Coates’, ‘Between the World and Me‘ (Foreign Policy).

Calestous Juma(@calestous) breaks down all the ways he believes, ‘the EU starves Africa into submission‘ (CAPX).

Biz Dev

Author of, ‘Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong‘ Morten Jerven (@MJerven) say to better understand Africa’s past and predict its future, we need to study economies, not economics  (African Arguments).

Identity & Culture

Find out how how Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) and his, ‘Twitter army’ stormed the NY Times’ Bestseller List with ‘The Rap Year Book‘ (WIRED).


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