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A new UN report shows an increase in reports of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse by United Nations peacekeepers with 69 claims made last year. The allegations involve a number of military personnel, international police, staff and volunteers from several African countries across 10 different missions with almost one third of the claims made in the Central African Republic (BBC News).

Citizens of Benin will begin voting this Sunday to choose a new president from among a record 33 candidates as incumbent Thomas Boni Yayi leaves the office after serving out his 2 term maximum. Top campaign issues among the candidates have been corruption, jobs and agricultural reform. If no individual is able to win a clear majority, there will be a run-off election held in 2 weeks (VOA News).

ICYMI A justice minister for DR of Congo says his country will extradite former Rwandan mayor, Ladislas Ntaganzqa who is under indictment for his role in the murder of ‘some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus’ in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide (Reuters Africa).

Biz Dev

Nigeria’s Jumia continues its surge as Africa’s leading e-commerce platform after raising more than $325 million in its latest round of funding. Jumia’s parent company, Africa Internet Group says the new investments boost the company’s value to nearly $1.1 billion as it looks to become the continent’s version of Amazon (Yahoo News).


Ivoirian photographer Joana Choumali is documenting modern African women wearing traditional clothing, allowing her subjects to ‘reconnect with their family history’ through her portrait series, Resilient (NY Times / Lens).

Generation Next

The global winner at the 2016 Seedstars Summit is South African startup Giraffe Jobs. The online employee recruitment platform is described as, ‘a revolutionary new app that aims to reduce unemployment by helping employers find workers quickly and easily’. Check out #SeedstarsSummit on Twitter to see more from @Giraff_Jobs and all of this year’s summit finalists.

Identity & Culture

The team @AfricanHipHop goes digging in the crates for this look back at classic era Nigerian hip hop curated and mixed by DJ and naija musicologist, Uchenna Ikonne. Check out the complete playlist or stream the full mix on Soundcloud.

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