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Rising sea levels and coastal erosion are threatening the homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people across West Africa. Grand-Lahou, an Ivorian tourist destination, is slowly being washed away. The waves are swallowing the coastline of Grand-Lahou’s old town, located about 100 kilometers west of Abidjan, at a pace of one to two meters a year. (VOA)

The White House said on Wednesday that it had deployed 47 troops to South Sudan to protect U.S. citizens and the U.S. embassy after an outbreak of deadly violence in the country. (Reuters)

African heads of state and government officials are meeting this week in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 27th African Union Summit. On their agenda will be taking the next steps to establish a free-trade area that would include all 54 African countries — which could be up and running by the end of 2017. (Washington Post)


Biz Development

Uber and Sidian Bank have partnered up to offer Uber drivers in Kenya easy access to car loans. For drivers to be eligible, they must have a minimum of 500 trips and an average rating of 4.6 points. Sidian Bank has set aside Ksh10 billion for the car loan scheme and they’re offering up to 100 percent car loan financing, with a maximum amount of Ksh1.5 million. (Techcabal)

Generation Next

Two teams of African female students have made it through to the finals of the Technovation competition, and are pitching their startup ideas at the World Pitch Summit in San Francisco today, with the chance to win US$10,000. (Disrupt Africa)

Arts &
Culture &

Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and a group of other celebrities describe 23 ways a black person could be killed in the U.S. in a new video that urges Americans to sign a petition that calls on Congress for “radical transformation,” including funding for healthcare, education and criminal justice reform. The nearly two-dozen musicians and actors, including Chris Rock, Rihanna, Taraji P. Henson and Pharrell Williams, use real-life incidents to highlight the various ways black people have died in the country. (Time)

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