You should know
Nine people have died in Ghana‘s second city, Kumasi, following a stampede at a party to mark the end of Ramadan, local media report. One eyewitness is quoted as saying that a power cut caused panic and the crush occurred as people rushed to leave the venue. Another said that the lights went out at the end of the party but people were unable to get out because the doors to the community centre were locked. (BBC)
The United Nations‘ food agency said on Thursday it needed $730 million over the next 12 months for relief in seven southern African countries hit hard by a blistering drought and faced a $610 million shortfall. (Reuters)
A man in the United States has died after being shot by a Minnesota police officer Wednesday night while inside a car with a woman and child, officials said. The incident in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Saint Paul, appeared to be partly documented in a Facebook Live recording posted by a woman in the car, who identified herself as the man’s girlfriend. The video, which was briefly removed from Facebook but later republished with a graphic warning attached, has already been viewed close to 2 million times. (ABC News)
What we need
Open Cellular is an open source wireless access platform that can bring connectivity to remote areas of the world. According to Facebook, Open Cellular is about the size of a shoe box and can support up to 1,500 people from as far as 10 kilometers away. As an open system, telecom operators, researchers and entrepreneurs can build and operate wireless networks in remote places using Open Cellular. (Dignited)
Health Hack Accra
Health Hack Accra will bring together social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to tackle four key areas on Thursday, 7th July, at Impact Hub Accra for a general information session. Throughout the 48-hour competition, teams of 3-6 individuals will create, develop, and pitch innovative business models or products to a highly-esteemed local and international judging panel.
Quartz Africa Innovators 2016 list
Check out Quartz Africa for a list of 32 impressive African thinkers who were chosen to be on this year’s Quartz Africa Innovators list for their groundbreaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and creative approaches to problems. (Quartz)
Presented in a way intended to engage the viewer, “Look Again” examines several hundred years of artistic heritage in west and central Africa, including ornately carved ivories and bronze altar objects from the kingdom of Benin; Kongo power figures created to strengthen, protect or heal their users; Kuba (Democratic Republic of the Congo) woven textiles and wood vessels; Akan gold weights; and Kota reliquary figures made to protect bundles of ancestral relics.
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