You should know

The Nigerian Supreme Court has rejected the appeal by Bukola Saraki to dismiss his upcoming trial. The senate president had challenged the jurisdiction of the Court of Conduct Tribunal where he faces trial for false declaration of his assets. The court’s judgement means the tribunal can move forward and try Saraki for his alleged corruption while serving as Nigeria’s 3rd highest ranking political officer (BBC Africa).

Members of Cote d’Ivoire’s political opposition are accusing President Alassane Ouattara of protecting his supporters from being prosecuted by the ICC. Former president Laurent Gbagbo and youth minister Charles Ble Goude, are currently on trial for their roles in the violence that followed Ouattara’s election win in 2010 while none of the president’s supporters have been charged, leading to accusations of, “victor’s justice” (VOA News).

ICYMI author of Eat the Heart of The Infidel, Andrew Walker (@_awalker) has this long read for your weekend on “the birth of Boko Haram” and ‘how the tattered remnants of an Islamist sect transformed into a relentless terrorist army’ (The Guardian).

What We Need

Mel Bailey (@MelB4FreePress) sat down for a one-on-one conversation in Dakar with entrepreneur, author, and CEO, Ibuka Ndjoli (@MarcusDaWriter) who wants to tell other aspiring young entrepreneurs, ‘do it for Africa, not the money’.

Energy Tech

The Power Africa Summit took place earlier this week in Washington, D.C. where Coralie Saint-Louis (@CoralieSL) met up with Thione Niang, co-founder and managing partner with the Akon Lighting Africa initiative and solar energy solutions provider Solektra International.

Big Data

Christopher Groskopf (@onyxfish) looks at the ‘no data’ gap when it comes to sub-Saharan Africa and asks, ‘why is Central Africa missing from so many maps?’ while also looking at some of the solutions being offered (Quartz Africa).

Civic Tech

Lead ICT policy specialist at the World Bank, Mavis Ampah reports on the, ‘successes and challenges’ of Ghana’s e-government public-private partnerships and the value of long-term strategies (World Bank / PPP Blog).

Biz Dev

Meet Rahama Wright (@rahamatuwright), a Ghanaian-American entrepreneur for social good. Her Shea Yeleen company is dedicated to creating opportunities to empower women in West Africa and the diaspora by promoting sustainable economic development in rural sub-Saharan Africa through women-owned shea butter cooperatives.

Identity & Culture

Friends Shereen Abyan (@delashereen), Amani Bin Shikhan (@manimaani), and Habiba Khaled (@bibbaak) all sat down together to talk about what it means to be, ‘authentically Black, authentically Arab’ in this roundtable on Afro-Arab identity (AfriPop Magazine).


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