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A senior faction of South Sudan‘s armed opposition has moved to replace its leader, First Vice President Riek Machar, who went into hiding this month for fear of being killed by supporters of his longtime rival, President Salva Kiir. The push to replace Machar surfaced Saturday after he failed to heed a 48-hour ultimatum from the president to return to the capital, Juba. (VOA)

A leading Muslim group in Nigeria has welcomed a court ruling lifting the ban on girls wearing the headscarf in government schools in Lagos state. The Muslim Rights Concern (MRC) said the Lagos Court of Appeal’s ruling was a victory for the rule of law. The judges said the ban violated the religious rights of Muslim girls, overturning a lower court’s ruling. (BBC)

Liberian midwives are being trained as surgeons to assume the role of maternal health doctors killed by Ebola. Before the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, the country had a total of 50 doctors for its population of 4.3 million. (Al Jazeera)

Biz Development 

Eight African tech startups raised funding rounds at the recently-concluded SpeedUPAfrica bootcamp hosted by Silicon Valley VC firm DraperDarkFlow in Ghana. DraperDarkFlow partnered accelerator 500 Startups to host SpeedUPAfrica, a four-day bootcamp with hands-on workshops, live experiments, A/B testing, growth hacking, and one-on-one mentor sessions.

Major global investors Tim Draper and Mark Iwanowski attended the bootcamp, for which a total of 93 startups from 16 countries were chosen to take part. (Disrupt Africa)


What we need 

Africa Tech Now Village is an event that grants African startups access to potential investor, buyers, and partners. To decide what 10 startups get in, they are organising a competition, where a panel of “experts” reviews all the entries and picks the 10 best startups in Africa. Apply here VC4A. (Techcabal)

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In a new HuffPost Black Voices video about her photo exhibit “BRAIDS,” natural hair sculptor, photographer and cultural preservationist Shani Crowe celebrates the legacy of traditional African and African-inspired techniques. (Colorlines)

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