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A call to all entrepreneurs and startup teams, DC-based global startup incubator 1776 is partnering with iSpace Ghana for its next, ‘Challenge Cup Series’ event. Teams can apply now for the chance to compete to, ‘win cash prizes, make international connections and share their vision on a global stage.’

The AU’s multinational military force began training exercise in South Africa earlier today. The operation’s goal is to ensure the 25,000-man African Standby Force (ASF) is operational before the end of the year to respond to crisis situations anywhere on the Continent (BBC Live Africa).

M&G looks at the ‘hippo trench’ being built across sub-Saharan Africa by the U.S. military and considers its effectiveness against the spread of violent extremism while acting as a, ‘guard line for a Pan-African transport corridor’ but questions the rapid rise in the number of operations being run on the Continent by U.S. forces (Mail & Guardian Africa).

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), released a statement expressing its, ‘great concern’ over the arrest and detention of Nigerian journalist, Lawan Adamu (@lawandee). Adamu was arrested over the weekend in Niger after going to the country to report on refugees who travel through that country while attempting to migrate to Europe (Premium Times). And the Indigenous People of Biafra Worldwide, owners of Radio Biafra, have written an open letter to world leaders after the arrest of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu by Nigeria’s Department of State Service. The letter calls the arrest of Kanu a, ‘knock of death’ to freedom of speech in Nigeria (

Biz Dev

Accra-based incubator and accelerator, MEST announces the launch of a new Pan-African VC fund (TechCrunch). The new fund will for the first time, invest in companies outside the MEST ecosystem. “We see opportunities for a Pan-African fund providing early stage capital to the best and brightest entrepreneurs and companies in the sectors we’re most interested in, mainly digital businesses in e-commerce, edu-tech, digital media, fin-tech” – MEST Managing Director Neal Hansch (@nhansch)

Jamila Abdulai (@jabdulai) and the team at GhanaThink recently hosted a discussion on, ‘Diaspora Investments & Returns on Remittances’ as part of the #DiasporaCamp series of bar camps. You can watch video (Youtube) of roundtable discussion and find out when the nextevent is by liking the GhanaThink Diaspora Camp Facebook page. Want to learn how to run your own bar camp? Check out these 10 things to know from Kofi Yeboah (@kofiemeritus) and the BarCamp Ghana team.

Identity & Culture

Over the weekend, fans of the legendary Fela Kuti held ‘Fela-brations’ around the world to celebrate what would have been the Nigerian Afrobeat and activist icon’s 77th birthday. If you missed out on the festivities, check hashtag #Felabration2015 for great photos and watch high-lights from last night’s concert at

What we need

Get your #MondayMotivation with these, ‘10 lessons’ from the life of Ghana’s award-winning investigative journalist and anti-corruption campaigner, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. And be inspired by more young change makers who are leading Generation Next from all across the Continent.

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