Friday, May 22, 2015: Top 10 Weekly News Must Reads


1. Ethiopia Elections Explained in 60 Seconds

Nearly 37 million people are registered to vote. Here is everything you need to know about the May 24th elections.  
Source: BBC

2. Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi to Death

Why ousted president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as more than 100 others,  was sentenced to death this week.

Source: New York Times

3. African Unity: How Far Have We Come?

A look at the state of unity across the continent as we prepare to celebrate Africa day on May 25th.
Source: This Is Africa

4. President Mahama hands over ECOWAS leadership to Macky Sall

Ghana's President peacefully handed over power as chairman of ECOWAS to Senegal's President Macky Sall. The move was meant to encourage democratic practices on all levels of government.
Source: Ghana Business News

5. John Kerry’s Attendance of Buhari’s Inauguration Shows US is Taking Africa Seriously

Reports suggest the US diplomat will be traveling to Nigeria for the inauguration of President-elect Buhari.  What does this mean for the relationship between the US and the continent?
Source: Ventures Africa

6. My Negative Fortune

A writer shares her remittance experience saying, "for my parents — and for many other first-generation immigrants from the developing world — it was expected that they would work to provide for their families. From a young age, both my parents were already sharing their earnings from teaching and bank telling with their families."  
Source: Buzzfeed

7. Burundi’s Radio Silence: Political Crisis Forces Stations Off Air

"With radio across the country silenced, rumors and fear started mounting in rural areas. 'No one knows what is happening,' said a concerned European consul, who declined to be identified."  
 
Source: Al Jazeera

8. Sentenced to Death in Egypt

A writer called “Defendant 33” by the Egyptian courts writes about his sentencing as former President Morsi is given the death penalty.
Source: The Atlantic

9. Burundi President Nkurunziza Plays Football Amid Protests

The President has made international headlines for his handling of the violent protests in the country's capital. This week, he was photographed playing football on a field away from the protestors calling for his resignation.
Source: BBC

10. How Many of You Know Dave Chappelle’s Mother Worked For Patrice Lumumba?

The US comedian's mom has strong ties to the continent. Find out how her work in the Congo left lasting impact on the country and the legacy of the Lumumba administration.
Source: Africa Is A Country