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At town hall with Young African Leaders Initiative participants, President Obama says world can’t solve global challenges without ‘rising, dynamic, self-reliant Africa’. Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) six years ago to support an emerging generation of young African entrepreneurs, activists and public officials.  (VOA)

The disputed leader of Boko Haram has said he is still in charge of Nigeria’s militant Islamist group despite a statement by so-called Islamic State that he had been replaced. Abubakar Shekau denounced the IS declaration that Abu Musab al-Barnawi was now leader. (BBC)

South Africa‘s opposition Democratic Alliance led in three major cities on Thursday as votes were counted in local elections, threatening to deal the biggest electoral blow to the African National Congress since the end of apartheid two decades ago. The ANC – which ended white-minority rule when it swept to power in the country’s first democratic elections in 1994 – held a big lead in the national count. (Reuters)

Biz development

Last June, the Nigerian Government indicated its interest in startups by announcing Aso Villa Demo Day, a two-part pitch event that gives startup founders the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the President. The first pitch event happened in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt. Thirty startups made it to the finals. (Techcabal)

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President Barack Obama turns 55 today. POTUS was greeted in song with “Happy Birthday” Wednesday by about a thousand participants at this year’s Young African Leaders summit in Washington. Happy Birthday Mr. President!


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