You should know

World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7) has taken on special urgency in Cameroon where a recent government survey revealed that as many as 70 percent of babies are not exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life. Health workers in Cameroon are trying to get the message out.(VOA)

South Africa‘s governing African National Congress (ANC) has suffered its worst electoral setback since apartheid ended in 1994. With 94% of the votes counted after Wednesday’s municipal elections, the party has lost the key battleground of Nelson Mandela Bay to the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA). (BBC)

The United Nations’ top human-rights official has accused South Sudanese government troops and rebels of ethnically targeted atrocities, including extrajudicial executions and rapes, during renewed fighting over the last month. (Al Jazeera)

Biz development

This weekend, SheLeadsAfrica (SLA) is holding a private class for entrepreneurs in Abuja on Saturday, August 6, 2016, from 9:30am – 12:30pm at Ventures Platform. Themed “How to grow and make money from your online community”, the workshop will be hosted by SLA co-founder, Afua Osei. (Techcabal)

Arts &
Culture &

Ava DuVernay‘s been on a roll as of late. Her OWN drama “Queen Sugar” earned a second season order before the first season even premiered, and her mass incarceration-focused documentary “The 13th” will open the New York Film Festival. Now, the “Selma” director is making history as the first Black woman to direct a live-action film with a $100 million budget. (Colorlines)

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