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The ICC begins deliberations today to determine if there is enough evidence to put  former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen on trial. Ongwen faces 67 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes in northern Uganda committed between 2002 and 2005 while LRA leader, Joseph Kony, remains one of the ICC’s most wanted fugitives. Watch a live video stream of today’s proceedings on the ICC website for continuing coverage (BBC News).

Burundi’s government says it welcomes members of the UN Security Council who are visiting Bujumbura this week. A senior adviser to President Pierre Nkurunziza,Willy Nyamitwe, says everything the international community has been hearing about the crisis in Burundi is false. The UNSC is in Burundi for a 2nd time in less than a year to, urge government and opposition members to come together to begin ‘substantive dialogue’ and end the escalating violence in the country (VOA News).

ICYMI Nigeria’s stock market has lost $10.5 billion dollars in the 1st 3 weeks of 2016, nearly as much as it did in all of last year as oil prices continue to drop globally (Quartz Africa).


Trust Matsilele (@TrustMatsilele) checks in on day 1 of the World Economic Forum in Davos to find out, ‘how will Africa benefit from WEF’s 4th industrial revolution drive?’ (CNBC Africa).

Biz Dev

Managing Partner at Ghana’s Chanzo Capital, Eric M.K Osiakwan (@eosiakwan) looks at the impact of mobile internet on the continent and says, ‘Africa’s boom is not over’ (Medium).

Civic Tech

International Journalism Fellow with  , Stephen Abbott Pugh (@stephen_abbott) looks at the 3rd global open data index from Open Knowledge to find out, ‘what the latest rankings show about Africa’ (International Journalists’ Network).

Generation Next

While #WEF2016 is happening in Davos, Shaping Davos is taking place online and in 20 cities around the world, as young influencers join in conversations to help find local solutions to global issues. Check out these videos from day 1, including an appearance from Emmanuel Gamor (@EAGamor), digital innovation director at Impact Hub Accra, discussing how to create ’75 million entrepreneurs’.

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