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A three-day referendum for Sudan’s Darfur region begins Monday despite concerns from the United States that it would not be credible and would also undermine the current peace process. The vote will determine whether the region will keep its five states or reunite as one entity with a semi-autonomous administration. (VOA)

The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, voiced his support for South Africa’s bid to procure nuclear energy. Adesina says the African Development Bank will invest a further US$12 billion into Africa’s energy sector over the next five years. (CNBC)

A temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala was gutted by fire on Sunday, killing no fewer than 105 people. At least, 500 others were injured in the inferno, which broke out from a fireworks display, marking Hindu new year celebration. (Punch)

Generation Next

GirlsCoding  is an initiative from PearlsAfrica (@Pearls_Africa), co-founded and coordinated by Abisoye Ajayi (@AbisoyeAjayi) that equips young girls with functional IT skills so they can have a chance at economic independence. The girls are drilled in programming, UI design and animation. (Techcabal)

It was March 31, the emotion-filled day when Ivy League universities posted their decisions online. And Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a senior at Elmont Memorial High School, became the second student there to pull off an exceedingly rare feat: She swept all eight. (The Guardian)

Biz Dev

Sam Wakoba (@SamWakoba) writes about Kenya’s Kisafi, an on-demand home cleaning and laundry service set to disrupt Kenya’s home cleaning and laundry industry.(Techmoran)

Identity & Culture

Start your Monday off with 11 new African and Afro-diasporan artists music videos to watch from Dynamic Africa.

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