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West African leaders discussed setting up a force to combat extremists in the region and will send an observation mission to Gambia before elections, the regional economic body said Saturday. The decisions were announced after about a dozen heads of state, including presidents from Ivory Coast, Niger and Mali, met in Dakar, Senegal, for the 49th session of the Economic Community of West African States. (VOA News)

Nairobi’s police chief has warned opposition supporters not to take part in Monday’s protest in the Kenyan capital “if you value your life”. Japheth Koome said police were prepared to use lethal force if necessary. Despite the warning, demonstrations have gone ahead in Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu. (BBC)

Ratings firm S&P Global Ratings said on Monday it does not see South Africa’s economy slipping into a recession soon but warned that economic reforms had to be implemented to avoid a downgrade in December. S&P affirmed the investment grade rating of Africa’s most industrialised country on Friday, keeping at BBB- with a negative outlook, but lowered its economic growth estimate to 0.6 percent from 1.6 percent. (Reuters)

Muhammad Ali

Quartz Africa’s Yomi Kazeem () writes about Muhammad Ali’s love for Africa following the boxer’s recent death at the age of 74. Kareem recalls the fighters connection to the continent as well as what he represented to Africans. Ali Bomaye!

Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30

Forbes Africa published this year’s list of 30 African entrepreneurs who are under 30 and making a difference on the continent. They favored entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, location, potential, struggles and determination. A panel of judges then debated the final 30. The list is in no particular order.

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Ethnik is an eclectic and vibrant collection of afro-centric fashion and home accessories, sneakers, boots and sandals, all handmade from aso oke by founder Tunde Owolabi. Created with today’s fashionistas in mind, Ethnik is re-imagining aso oke within Africa’s contemporary fashion landscape at home and in diaspora. Regarded as the fabrics of kings, aso oke is equated with royalty and originates from Yoruba culture. (AllAfrica)


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