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The U.S. and Britain are supporting African Union efforts to set up a hybrid court to try war crimes committed during South Sudan’s civil war after its president, Salva Kiir and his deputy (and one time rival) Riek Machar asked the international community to not create a formal court, proposing instead a mediated ‘peace, truth and reconciliation’ process. (Reuters Africa)

Educational leaders and innovators from across Africa are coming together in Abidjan to, ‘actively push to integrate more technology into classrooms’ across the continent. Hosted by the African Development Bank and UNESCO, this year is the 3r edition of this pan-African forum. (VOA News)

ICYMI Nigeria’s government says it will begin pumping much of the 350 billion naira ($1.76 billion) earmarked for capital projects this quarter into Africa’s biggest economy starting next week. The spending is part of efforts to stimulate an economy going through its deepest crisis in decades. (CNBC Africa)

Igniters

Tatiana Walk-Morris (@tati_wm) talks with the entrepreneurs behind tech incubators like NewME and Blue1647 that are, ‘cultivating talent within the groups that have been underrepresented’ at established tech companies and working on a mission to bring more diversity into the world of entrepreneurship and venture capital. (NY Times)

Generation Next

Founder and CEO of @GirlsWhoCode, Reshma Saujani is helping to, ‘prepare girls for a bright future in a brave new world’ as she and thousands of others get ready for the United State of Women – a large-scale effort to, ‘celebrate how far women and girls have come and highlight all that still remains to be done’. (Medium / The White House)

Smart Cities

Webb Meko, Business Development Director for sub-Saharan Africa at Black & Veatch, writes how he believes Africa’s cities are, ‘a playground of the future’ and ‘well-positioned to rapidly transform’ through advanced technology and data. (IT News Africa)

Arts &
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Sports

This weekend, check out Spike Lee’s (@SpikeLee), Redemption Song – the rise, fall and ultimate triumph of Howard soccer as it tells the story of the 1st historically black college to win an NCAA championship title in 1971 and its coach, Lincoln Phillips, who used Howard’s large population of students from Africa and the Caribbean to build a ‘pacey, skillful, and aggressive team’. (The Undefeated / MLS)


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