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Ugandan incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni has extended his lead in the country’s voting to more than 60% with 37% of country’s polling stations being counted. Challenger, Kizza Besigye, has 33% of the votes according to the early official reports from the country’s electoral commission (Reuters Africa).

Voting continues today in Uganda in areas that suffered through the worst of yesterday’s delays and equipment malfunctions. Opposition candidates are also reporting ‘harassment and intimidation’. Amama Mbabazi has tweeted a video he says is of military police driving around his home. There are also reports Kizza Besigye, President Musevni’s closest challenger in the polls, has been taken away from his party’s headquarters in a police vehicle (BBC News).

ICYMI Niger will hold its presidential and legislative elections this Sunday. With 15 candidates running for president, including current leader Mahamadou Issoufou, there have been, ‘moths of drama’ leading up to the elections (Washington Post / Monkey Cage).

Generation Next

It’s #BlackTechWeek in the US and some are calling it the ‘antidote to the country’s digital divide’. With 100s of Black developers, entrepreneurs, and influencers from the US and around the world gathering together in Miami, investors are asking whether south Florida is ‘the new hub for Black entrepreneurs?’ (NBC News).


Chuba Ezeks (@ChubaEzeks) breaks down in detail the dangers of the Cobra Effect of the #BuyNaijatoGrowtheNaira movement and offers up his ‘Part 1 on how to fix it’ (Naijanomics).

And the Atlas Team has this chart showing how Nigerians in the diaspora sent home $21 billion in 2015, more than the $16 billion Nigeria is expected to earn from its oil exports in 2016 (Quartz Africa / Atlas).

Our Environment

Our Mel Bailey (@melb4freepress) traveled to Ziguinchor in souther Senegal’s Casamance region to meet with just some of the individuals involved in the country’s lucrative international illegal timber trafficking as part of our ongoing series on sustainable, environmental development in West Africa.

Identity & Culture

Rawiya Kameir (@rawiya) talks with Davido about his, “almost impossibly blessed” upbringing and how he’s using those resources and his talents to, ‘model the future of African pop’ (The Fader).

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