You should know

Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world; this is despite a relative slow down. According to the Ernst & Young 2016 Africa attractiveness program, Staying the Course, Africa was one of only two regions in the world in which there was growth in FDI project levels over the past year. (CNBC)

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has replaced his vice president and rival Riek Machar following a sharp surge in violence between the government and opposition fighters in the five-year-old country. The move to replace Machar on Monday could potentially undermine last year’s peace deal and reignite war in Africa’s youngest nation. (Al Jazeera)

Africa will get an additional two World Cup finals places should the tournament be expanded to 40 teams from 2026 , says Fifa president Gianni Infantino. Infantino proposed the expansion from 32 teams before he was elected by world football’s governing body in February. Africa is currently allocated five places at World Cups. (BBC)

Civic Tech

As part of the Guardian’s focus on technology in Africa they’ve listed 10 individuals who’ve been pioneers in the continent’s digital transformation from Tanzania to Tunisia, with the three of sub-Saharan Africa’s big tech hitters – South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya – particularly well represented. See the list here. (The Guardian)

Biz Development 

Digital Lab Africa, a new platform organised by the French Institute of South Africa, DISCOP AFRICA and TRACE, is asking startups in the web creation, virtual reality (VR), serious gaming and digital music spaces to apply for incubation and funding in France. The new initiative, for which applications are open until August 31, aims to provide a springboard for African talent in multimedia creation with the support of leading French companies. (Disrupt Africa)

Arts &
Culture &

Nigerian entrepreneur Adebayo Adegbembo founded Genii Games, a company focused on promoting and preserving African cultures using technology. Genii has developed a range of interactive mobile apps and web videos that teach children subjects ranging from languages to folktales, ethics and etiquette. (HowwemadeitinAfrica)

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