You should know

The AU’s Peace and Security Council (@AU_PSD) is meeting today to discuss the ongoing violence in Burundi and has issued a statement through its Twitter account that, ‘it will not allow Burundi genocide’ (BBC Africa).

A government spokesperson in Central African Republic is insisting elections will take place in all regions of the country this month even as  a rebel leader from CAR’s north calls for independence, underscoring the ‘depth of the crisis’ in the country (VOA News).

Sociologist Ebenezer Obadare has this comprehensive look at the influential role played by Nigeria’s Pentecostal pastors in the 2015 presidential election and looks at how the ‘theocratic class’ uses its increasing influence over theological as well as personal, economic, and political matters in Nigeria (Africa at LSE).

Generation Next

The social enterprise team at She Leads Africa is making plans to expand its professional bootcamp, ‘SheHive’, to at least 5 new cities across the continent in 2016. She Leads Africa co-founder Yasmin Belo-Osagie says women can sign up now for the 1st event in Accra happening this January (Tech Cabal).

What We Need

Final testimonies were heard this week in Dakar at the trial against former Chadian president Hissène Habré for ‘crimes against humanity’ at the Extraordinary African Chambers. After waiting more than 20 years for Habré to stand trial, witnesses who said they were victimized by his brutal regime are hopeful Habré will be convicted and there will be ‘justice on behalf of Africans’.

Biz Dev

Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) looks at Rwanda and its, ‘not-so-improbable ambition’ to become Africa’s leading startup hub (TechCrunch).

Identity & Culture

As we start nearing the end of 2015, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite writers’ favorites lists, starting with Bim Adewunmi (@BimAdew) and her, ‘year in Blackness’ (BuzzFeed).

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