You should know
The new U.S. envoy to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz, has been sworn into office, making him the first American ambassador to that nation in 25 years, and representing a landmark in U.S.-Somali relations. (VOA)
Renowned Nigerian author Elechi Amadi has died of an undisclosed illness at the age of 82. He was most famous for The Concubine, which pictured the culture of marriage and forbidden traditions and was originally published in 1966. The Concubine remains a recommended text in schools across Africa. (BBC)
The Nigerian army says it has rescued more than 5,000 people who were being held hostage by Boko Haram following a clearing operation in four remote villages in the northeastern Borno state. The soldiers evacuated the villages of Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari, the army said in a statement . (AlJazeera)
What we need
A ground-breaking anti-malarial drug made from natural plant extracts has won the 2016 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA); while software to combat HIV drug-resistance medication and a cheap, simple urine test for malaria were the other big winners. (Forbes)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) used this week’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to announce four new investments totaling more than US$38 million to help mobilise global entrepreneurs and innovators in the fight to end extreme poverty.
There are two Africa-specific programmes within the investments, which aim to connect innovators with investors and capital to increase access to energy and expand food security in developing countries. (Disrupt Africa)
BarCamp Tema 2016
BarCamp Tema 2016 is bringing people together for a day of learning, sharing, networking and mentoring this Saturday, July 2nd at the Rotary Centre in Tema. This year’s theme is “Enhancing productivity through Professionalism“. Barcamp Tema is organized by the GhanaThink Foundation as part of its Barcamp Ghana program.
From Lagos to London, Dynamic Africa writes about 8 events to make a note of this summer.
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