You should know

Elections held yesterday in Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire will result in, Tanzania having a new leader and Ivory Coast returning an old one (Mail & Guardian). In Tanzania, ruling CCM party candidate Minister John Magufuli is being challenged by Edward Lowassa after President Jakaya Kikwete agreed to step down after two terms. In Côte d’Ivoire, President Ouattara is expected to win another term in what has been reported as ‘large turnouts’ in both countries.

The New York Times explains why elections in Tanzania and Ivory Coast (and several other countries) should ‘matter’ to the rest of the world (NY Times).

Civic Tech

MIT PhD candidate, Daniel de Kadt analyzes the data from Twitter and says South Africa’s ruling party initially ignored mass protests from the student groups leading the #FeesMustFall and #NationalShutdown movements (Washington Post).

Preet Anand (@Preetnation) says, “if you’re a company looking to make the world a better place, the government is your most valuable ally and partner” and thinks, The White House is ready for tech to step up in government (TechCrunch).

Biz Dev

Stephanie Vozza (@StephanieVozza) wants you to ‘hit the ground running’ and has these,  7 traits that will make or break your personal brand (WIRED).

Identity & Culture

The Lagos Photo Festival began this weekend, follow them on Twitter @LagosPhotoFest for live updates on the month-long festival and see works from selected artists on Instagram. The LENS team (@nytimesphoto) thinks after 5 years of running the festival, African photography has come of age (NY Times).

And you should get to know, Nigerian hustler, actor, musician, and Jay Z favorite, Rotimi (@Rotimi) (Ozy).

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