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Africa Rizing is hosting today their community launch event at Impact Hub Accra (@hubaccra). The evening will begin at @ 18:30 UTC and features some of this year’s most innovative change makers. Check out AR’s Rizers to watch () and join the conversation on twitter using .

At this year’s  South by Southwest tech, film and music fest in Austin, Texas, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle stole the show. CNET made a list of 11 things they learned during this year’s festival. (CNET)

Ethiopia‘s leader has urged the world to donate more towards food aid he says is needed to fight a drought that has left more than 10 million people hungry. (Al Jazeera)


Mobile technology has put digital books in the hands of people in developing regions who otherwise have limited reading resources. Focusing mainly on Sub-Saharan Africa, Worldreader (@worldreaders)  is a non-profit group dedicated to increasing literacy, educational outcomes and positive perceptions of reading in developing countries. (VOA)

Generation Next

First Lady Michelle Obama (@FLOTUS)  is back with a new single, “This is For My Girls,” and it supports various ongoing campaigns that center around empowering young women. While Obama doesn’t offer her own vocals, the uplifiting track features the talents of seveal singers, including Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott), Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND) , Janelle Monáe (@JanelleMonae), Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) and Zendaya (@Zendaya) . (Colorlines)

Identity & Culture

The 20th biennial FESTIMA, the largest International Art and Mask Festival in West Africa took place in the town of Dedougou, 250km west of the capital Ouagadougou. Hundreds of traditional masks from six countries – Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Togo, Senegal and 50 villages of Burkina Faso, came to life during the festival. (Al Jazeera)

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