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The former secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement has formed an advocacy group to spearhead efforts to bring peace to South Sudan under U.N. administration.  Pagan Amum sees “South Sudan Reborn” as a collective effort to help the country out of its political, humanitarian and economic crisis.  (VOA)

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has announced that its West African affiliate Boko Haram has a new leader. Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was previously spokesman for the Nigerian-based Islamists, is featured in the latest issue of an IS magazine. It does not say what has become of the group’s former leader Abubakar Shekau. (BBC)

In another blow to bitcoin, one of the world’s biggest exchanges of the cryptocurrency suffered a massive security breach. Bitfinex, a bitcoin exchange registered in Hong Kong announced Tuesday (Aug. 2) it had suffered a security breach that has forced the company to halt all trading indefinitely. The company had yet to identify the cause of the breach, but said it would work with law enforcement and take down its site as an investigation ensues. (Quartz)

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Business owner and Sandton resident, Obinwanne Okeke not only runs a successful company, but he has also featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine and was named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30s list of most promising entrepreneurs of the year. He owns and operates Invictus Group Limited, a conglomerate in construction, oil, gas and agricultural development. (Sandtonchronicle)

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Mel Bailey (@MelB4freepress) writes about Evelyn Botwe, the founder of Adepa (@AdepaWear) a diaspora owned Ghanaian clothing store based online. Botwe says her goal was to illustrate the value that there is in a platform that evens out the playing field for easy access to quality clothing from Ghana, similar to what one can find in the west.


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