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In Bamako, at least two gunmen have overtaken the Radisson Blu hotel and are holding as many as 170 hostages. Local officials say U.N. and Malian troops have surrounded the hotel and roads leading to the hotel have been blocked but the standoff with the attackers continues. VOA News has on-going coverage in English and in French (VOA Africa). The BBC’s Africa Live blog also has continuous updates on the developing situation in Mali (BBC Africa).

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was in Washington D.C. for a forum on Thursday and responded to questions about the country’s current arms procurement scandal surrounding former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. Jonathan distanced himself from the controversy saying, “I did not award any $2 billion contract for procurement of weapons” (Premium Times).

Ghana’s acting NPP chairman, Freddie Blay says he finds recent comments made by President Mahama about the party, following its suspension of Paul Afoko, “unfortunate”.  Blay and the NPP issued a statement addressed to the President saying the party will not, “descend into the gutter with you” (Pulse).

Generation Next

Nigerian, Chris Kwekowe is the winner of this year’s Anzisha grand prize from the African Leadership Academy (@ALAcademy) for innovative, young African entrepreneurs. Kwekowe and his team won for Slatecube, a comprehensive online skills-learning and job placement services platform. (How We Made It In Africa).

Civic Tech

President Barack Obama made a video announcement on Youtube that the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be in Silicon Valley, bringing international entrepreneurs together to, “unleash their power to change the world“.

What We Need

Cassie Werber (@cassiewerber) thinks finding a mentor is, “brilliant career advice”  but wonders, “why is it so impossible to follow?” (Quartz).

Biz Dev

Nigerian economist, Professor Chukwuma Soludo (@chukwumasoludo) asks whether, “a new Buharinomics can save Nigeria?” (The Cable) while Chuba Ezekwesili (@ChubaEzeks) looks at ‘signalling’ and “how much it costs to inspire” (Stears NG).

Identity & Culture

Academy award nominated actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor is, ‘looking for justice‘ (Ozy) and Laura Said-Moorhouse (@laurenmoorhouse) has these, ‘7 reasons African female directors rock‘ (CNN / ht @afropopmag).  Next week, the African Diaspora Film Festival begins. AR’s Coralie Saint-Louis (@CoralieSL) is helping you get ready to, ‘celebrate Black cinema‘.

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