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Patrice Talon was sworn in as Benin’s new president Wednesday, completing another peaceful transfer of power in the West African country. (VOA)

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife has lost her legal bid for ownership of the former president’s rural home in South Africa. A High Court dismissed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s application and ordered her to pay all legal costs. (BBC)

The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that its staff have agreed to deepen the Fund’s engagement with Somalia through a 12-month program to assist and monitor the country’s reforms of government operations and fiscal management. (Reuters)

Tech

When Africans go on Twitter, they are increasingly talking politics. A study done by Portland Communications, a London-based business, shows that nearly 10 percent of the most popular African hashtags in 2015 were related to political issues and politicians. (VOA)

Facebook is rolling out the ability for all its 1.5 billion users to launch live videos on their timelines and added a slew of new features to encourage everyone to be a broadcaster. Facebook Live lets users stream real-time video in Groups and Events. (Boston Herald)

Business Development

She Leads Africa (SLA), in partnership with GTBank and the Work in Progress!, is inaugurating an accelerator program for women-run businesses aptly called She Leads Africa Accelerator. SLA supports female entrepreneurs in Africa and this is not the first time they are launching a program beneficial to female entrepreneurs looking to build successful careers and businesses. (Techcabal)

Identity & Culture

Black women of all ages sat together in sisterhood to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Black Girls Rock!, a mentoring organization founded by DJ Beverly Bond (@BEVERLYBOND). They applauded strong messages of empowerment from influential women like Rihanna (@rihanna), Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes), Amandla Stenberg () among others.  (Huffington Post)


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