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Nigeria‘s air force said it had killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks on tackling the militants. Government planes had attacked the Islamist group inside the Sambisa forest in its northeast heartland on Friday, the air force said, adding that it had only just confirmed details of the raid. (VOA)

South Africa‘s governing ANC party has lost control of the country’s largest city and economic centre, Johannesburg. The ANC had run the city since the fall of apartheid more than 20 years ago. It lost its council majority in local elections, although it is still the largest party. (BBC)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is evaluating Ghana‘s fiscal outlook for the rest of 2016 and will consider the third review of the country’s $918 million assistance programme next month subject to the outcome, the Washington-based lender said on Monday. Ghana, which exports cocoa, gold and oil, signed the three-year aid deal in April last year to bring down budget deficits, inflation and a high public debt. (Reuters)

Biz Development

Linda Ikeji announced in a blogpost  she will be creating 4 new brands – an online TV network (Linda Ikeji TV), an online radio station (Linda Ikeji Radio), a music website (Linda Ikeji Music), and something called “LIS”. All these brands will be under a huge Linda Ikeji Media brand. (Techcabal)

Civic Tech

Kenyan incubator Sote Hub has formally opened its doors in the rural county of Taita Taveta, kicking off operations by awarding four startups funding after a pitching competition.

Disrupt Africa reported earlier this year on Sote Hub, which aims to be a business incubator for graduates, exposing them to mentorship, training, and networking opportunities. (Disrupt Africa)

Arts &
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The Rio 2016 Olympic Games came to an end on Sunday, with numerous Olympic records set or broken throughout the competition which was held in Brazil. Athletes from countries all over Africa put in fantastic performances during the Games, clocking fast times, winning gold medals and achieving firsts for nations and the continent in general. AFK insider gathered 12 Olympic records and milestones set by Africans at the recently-concluded Olympic Games in Rio.


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