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Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is focusing on women’s rights, immigration and education during a visit to three African countries: Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. Biden met with female members of Ethiopia’s parliament and cabinet, as well as entrepreneurs and other members of the Ethiopian community. This is Biden’s fifth visit to Africa. (VOA)

Dozens of people have fallen ill with suspected cholera in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, while a U.N. food warehouse was looted and destroyed, incurring $20 million of damage, the United Nations said on Tuesday. South Sudan has 4.8 million people who are severely short of food, and about 1.6 million people who have been displaced since a civil war broke out in December 2013. (Reuters)

The 27th African Union summit has wrapped up in Kigali, Rwanda. Perhaps the most notable action, or inaction, to come from the event was that delegates did not elect a new chairperson. None of the three candidates contesting the position received the necessary two-thirds majority vote, so the elections have been postponed until January and most likely will include new candidates. (VOA)

Biz development

She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) has announced the first cohort for their SLA Accelerator Programme. The startups will spend the next three months working with mentors, investors and potential partners, and will have an opportunity to itch for N2 million at an investment Demo Day at the end of the programme.(Techcabal)

What we need

Various partners including VIA Water and iHub have launched the Chezo Serious Gaming Hub in Nairobi, aimed at realising the untapped potential of serious gaming in Kenya. The Chezo Serious Gaming Hub, backed by VIA Water, has been formed by a consortium that brings together experienced serious gaming experts from the Netherlands and Kenya. (Disrupt Africa)

Arts &
Culture &

Netflix announced that Ava DuVernay‘s new documentary, “The 13th,” will open this year’s New York Film Festival (NYFF) before airing on Netflix this fall. The film focuses on the history and policies leading to the country’s current mass incarceration epidemic. It takes its name from the 13th Amendment, which says that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” (Colorlines)

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