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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has taken a step towards drawing up a new constitution and scrapping a nationality clause which helped drag his West African nation into a decade-long crisis and bedevilled his own initial bids for the presidency. (Reuters)

Nigeria as Africa’s investment destination was the focus of African businessman and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu while in Paris on the invitation of the French Senate, Business France and Banque publique d’investissement (BPI). (Africa.com)

Liberia’s main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), is calling on all officials implicated in the ongoing alleged corruption scandal to recuse themselves from their current positions while the prosecutorial process takes place.  Mulbah Morlue, vice chairman for operations and mobilization for the CDC says more than 300 Liberians will embark on a hunger strike Wednesday to drive home their point. (VOA)

CivicTech

The 2016 Nigeria International Technology Exhibition and Conference (NITEC) is holding in Lagos from June 23 – 24, 2016 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island. NITEC is a conference that brings together various players in the Nigerian tech ecosystem to discuss issues and develop ways to improve the sector. (Techcabal)

What we need

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Google, and the European Commission have created and agreed upon a code of conduct that outlines how they should combat illegal hate speech on their platforms. It means that the companies involved must review the majority of valid requests for the removal of illegal hate speech in the 28 member states of the European Union in less than 24 hours. (Quartz)

Arts & Culture

It’s been nearly four decades since the original Roots miniseries, based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, first aired on TV over eight nights to an audience of 130 million viewers, becoming a huge hit. Not only did the series receive numerous accolades from Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody awards, it was historic as it confronted Americans with the brutality and lasting legacy of slavery on black Americans, and encouraged interracial dialogue. (Okayafrica)


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