You should know

The U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report Thursday and again, Africa continues to be a major source and destination for human trafficking of all kinds — from forced labor to sexual slavery. Again this year, not one African nation made the report’s top tier — which is dominated by developed Western nations like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. (VOA)

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to promote tree-planting across the country, as he launches ‘Keep Kaduna Green Project,’ in Kaduna, aimed at ending deforestation. Launching the project through the Minister of Environment Amina Muhammed, he explained that Nigeria has the highest rate of deforestation in the world. (

At least six people were killed when gunmen sprayed two buses with bullets on Friday in Kenya’s Mandera county on the border with Somalia, a regional official said. (Reuters)

What we need

Black Girls Code, a non-profit that teaches computer programming to African-American girls, is getting a permanent home in New York City. The new office will be used as classroom and as an outpost for Back Girls Code’s East Coast programs. The 6,000-square-foot space–reportedly worth $2.8 million–was donated by Google, as the company aims to support the creation of a more diverse pipeline of talent. (Inc.)


BarCamp Tema 2016

BarCamp Tema 2016 is bringing people together for a day of learning, sharing, networking and mentoring this Saturday, July 2nd at the Rotary Centre in Tema. This year’s theme is “Enhancing productivity through Professionalism“. Barcamp Tema is organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as part of its Barcamp Ghana program.

Arts &
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Essence has announced that Oprah Winfrey will attend Essence Fest 2016 for the first time in the 21-year history of the event that is recognized as the nation’s largest gathering of African-American women.  Winfrey will join an impressive list of speakers, including T.D. Jakes, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Al Sharpton, Misty Copeland, Tyra Banks, and more. (HBR)

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