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South Africa is marking 40 years since the Soweto student uprising, which marked a pivotal turn in the fight against apartheid.  As the nation looks back on the tragic, violent protests, both old and young say their nation is better for it but still far from perfect. The 1976 Soweto Uprising is considered one of South Africa’s darkest chapters.(VOA)

Thirty-four migrants, including 20 children, have been found dead in Niger‘s vast desert after being abandoned by their smuggler, the government of the West African nation said in a statement read on national television on Wednesday. (Reuters)

First Lady Michelle Obama along with her daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, and the girls’ grandmother Marian Robinson will travel to Morocco at the end of June as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative. While in Marrakech, Meryl Streep will join Obama and actress Freida Pinto in discussing “the challenges women in the African country deal with on a regular basis.” (Vanity Fair)

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Nairobi-based incubator Nailab has partnered the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to launch the iAccelerator, focused on promoting youth sexual reproductive health and rights. The programme rolled out in collaboration with Nailab is part of a regional initiative of the UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office funded by UKAID, and has been developed with the support of Kenya’s National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and the Ministry of Health. (Disrupt Africa)

Biz Development

As part of their expansion programme into Africa, Uber has announced that it will be branching out into other areas in order to build its logistics business. This involves introducing UberEverything, a service that handles food delivery and courier transportation, into Africa. (Techcabal)

Generation Next

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are betting on Africa as the next hotbed of technological talent. Andela, the Lagos-based company that trains and deploys software developers, is closing a $24 million Series B round—with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), founded by Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, leading the round. (Quartz)

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During the horrific reign of apartheid, South Africa’s black residents were evicted from their homes and forced to move to townships far beyond the city center. At the age of just 30, Palesa Ngwenya is helping transform these areas through her position as development coordinator of Maboneng Township Arts Experience. “We turn homes in the townships into art galleries.”  (Forbes)


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