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Initial returns from Niger‘s presidential election show incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou in the lead, but the opposition is already rejecting the results. The vote count, released Tuesday by Niger’s electoral commission, showed Issoufou winning about 40 percent of the vote, trailed by opposition candidates Hama Amadou and Seyni Oumarou with 29 and 12 percent, respectively. (VOA News)

The amount of electricity per person in sub-Saharan Africa, when you factor out South Africa, is lower today than it was 30 years ago, according to Bill Gates. (Quartz)

Uganda’s main opposition presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye said he has asked his lawyers to challenge in a court of law what he called his continued “illegal” detention by the police. (VOA News)

Generation Next

Leye Adenle (@LeyeAdenle) discusses how an encounter with a sex worker led to him giving her the central role in his first feature-length novel. (LSE)

Biz Dev

African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are battling to secure funding that will see their businesses growing to become global giants. In Nigeria and Ghana, GroFin has brought some relief to start-ups and SMEs through a 100 million US dollar fund. (CNBC Africa)

Civic Tech

Tigo Rwanda  signed up for the Connected Women Commitment Initiative that aims at reducing the gender gap in mobile internet and mobile money services. This was during the GSMA Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Spain. (All Africa)

Identity & Culture

On February 28th, celebrities Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) , Ryan Coogler, Janelle Monae (), Jesse Williams (@iJesseWilliams), Hannibal Burress, and more will be in attendance at #justiceforFlint, a free event at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Michigan. This happens to be the same night of the Academy Awards. (Blavity)

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