You should know

Ex-Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera has taken a, ‘surprising lead’ in early voting results from the Central African Republic’s presidential elections held last Wednesday. 30 candidates are running for president of CAR and there is expected to be a run-off between the top 2 vote getters later this month (BBC News).

Despite the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) most recent petition, Ghana’s electoral commission will not compile a new voter list before November’s general election. The NPP says it has evidence the commission’s current voter list is ‘bloated’  (VOA News).

ICYMI Kenya’s Garissa University College is reopen. The university is welcoming back faculty and staff today with students scheduled to return next Monday, 9 months after an attack by al-Shabab killed nearly 150 people and forced it to close (BBC News).

What We Need

The former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Amb. Johnnie Carson, shares what he believes, ‘President Obama still owes Africa’ –  including a visit to Nigeria and an invitation to the White House for President Magufuli (All Africa).

Selase Kove (@selasekove) recently met up with Africa Investigates’ award-winning documentarian, Sorious Samura (@sorious) to talk about his career, the next generation of African journalists and what it means for Africans to be able to tell their own stories (AfricaRizing).

Biz Dev

Mariama Sow gives a preview of the Brookings Institute 2016, ‘Foresight Africa’ report and what the impact of recent global free trade agreements will be on sub-Saharan Africa (h/t @asybrookings) while Eloho Omame (@ElohoOmame) looks at some of the unique challenges in Nigeria facing President Buhari, the country’s economy, and the “much leaner times” he sees ahead (Medium).

Generation Next

Eunice Onwona (@eonwona) sits down with social entrepreneur, Yorm Ackuaku (@yorm_a), founder of Essense13 and this week’s upcoming #AccraFoodHack to learn about the opportunities she sees for combining extraordinary eating experiences with innovative technology (AfricaRizing).

Identity & Culture

Spent your holidays like us watching (maybe more than once), Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Chinelo Onwualu (@chineloonwualu) writes about Nigeria’s ‘growing nerd culture’ and how the saga’s latest star, John Boyega is helping the country fall in love with Star Wars (NPR).

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