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Ethiopia has dismissed allegations it is violently suppressing protests in its restive Oromia region as an “absolute lie”. About 200 people have been killed in the protests since November, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. (BBC News)

This week kick-starts the three-day conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg called Meetings Africa, where the global events industry displays various hosting offerings on the continent. (CNBC Africa)

The former prime minister of Central African Republic Faustin Archange Touadera has won the country’s presidential election, the national election body announced. Main rival Anicet Georges Dologuele, another former prime minister, who took the most votes in the first round, accepted the result that put Touadera on 63 percent of the ballots cast. (Aljazeera)

Generation Next

Three women; Priscilla Hazel (@anowahaze), Esther Olatunde (@MsEOlatunde) and Cassandra Sarfo (@cassiesarfo), software developers from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, have developed Tress, a social network that’s looking to tap into the $500 billion global black haircare industry. (Techcabal)

Biz Dev

The BMCE Group Bank of Africa has announced the second edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award, which aims to foster entrepreneurship in Africa by rewarding talent and technology beyond borders.

The African Entrepreneurship Award aims to support entrepreneurs from Africa or of African origin, and receives funding of US$1 million to reward the best African entrepreneurs in three categories: education, environment and untapped domains. (Disrupt Africa)

Tech

Orange says it is partnering with Google to increase access to mobile internet and services across the Middle East and Africa. The partnership comes in the shape of a smartphone and an accompanying communications bundle that includes voice, SMS and data. The whole package will cost $40 and will begin to roll out from the second quarter of 2016. (Techcabal)

Identity & Culture

Lagos, a megacity home to an estimated 21 million people, is Nigeria’s cultural and political powerhouse. The Guardian partnered with YNaija and SaharaReporters.com to identify 21 people to watch in Lagos. (The Guardian)


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