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Continental reach: The rise of the pan-African bank

Africa-based banks, once largely domestic, are expanding across the continent and now dominate the banking sector in many countries.

How Kenya’s James Mworia rose from intern to CEO in seven years

Business and career advice from James Mworia.

How mPedigree built a business by combating counterfeit products

We talk to Bright Simons about mPedigree’s business model, how his service works and where he sees future profits coming from.

Nigeria: Tomato paste could prove a tasty investment

The domestic production of tomato paste in Nigeria could potentially be an attractive opportunity.

Investing in Africa: Shedding the developed market mind-set

Many of the key lessons for businesses entering Africa stem from the differences between operating in a developing country and developed country markets.

Business Focus

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    Can tractor sharing boost the incomes of small-scale farmers?

    '28 August 2015'
    An Uber-like service for tractors.
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    How mPedigree built a business by combating counterfeit products

    '26 August 2015'
    We talk to Bright Simons about mPedigree’s business model, how his service works and where he sees future profits coming from.
  3. Ecobank is Africa’s biggest lender by geographic reach.

    Continental reach: The rise of the pan-African bank

    Africa-based banks, once largely domestic, are expanding across the continent and now dominate the banking sector in many countries.
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    How Ma3Route found a way to monetise Nairobi’s traffic jams

    Crowdsourcing traffic information.

Foreign Investment

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    Into Africa: The continent’s ‘cities of oppportunity’

    '14 August 2015'
    The forces driving the growth of some key African cities.
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    Linking US-based investors with opportunities in Ethiopia

    '12 August 2015'
    Renew makes it possible for Americans to make small investments in Africa, and gradually build confidence in the continent and the opportunities it offers.
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    Energy projects: Three ways African governments can better attract private capital

    '6 August 2015'
    Genesis Electricity's CEO highlights three policies that governments should pursue.
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    Author Q&A: Coca-Cola’s success in Africa and the promising construction sector

    '27 July 2015'
    Aubrey Hruby, co-author of a new book 'The Next Africa', discusses US investment in Africa and why she would put her money in construction.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Yale graduate on starting a clinic-to-patient communication service in Uganda

    '28 August 2015'
    Kaakpema Yelpaala talks about his web app that allows healthcare professionals to communicate with patients via mobile phones.
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    Medical records at a touch of an app? Q&A with CenHealth’s founder

    '25 August 2015'
    We talk to South African Joel Ugborogho about his new health tech start-up.
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    Why this South African is bringing the Sowetan princess ‘Barbie’ to the market

    '20 August 2015'
    Maite Makgoba shares her plans to challenge the Barbie brand with the Momppy Mpoppy doll.
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    Agriculture entrepreneur taps into urban demand for fresh produce

    '14 August 2015'
    Yvette Ondachi gave up her corporate job to venture into farming.

Business Advice

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    Five recruitment myths: Your talent acquisition strategy could be harmed

    '28 August 2015'
    Many organisations still cling onto ideas about recruiting employees that are outdated.
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    Four signs that your small business has finally arrived

    '25 August 2015'
    Here are a few ways that you’ll know that your company has grown from a shaky fledgling into a successful and sustainable business.
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    Centum CEO James Mworia shares advice for success in business

    '24 August 2015'
    'Don’t look for validation in other people. I have decided that I will not let other people’s opinion become my reality.'
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    Eight insightful business tips from celebrated entrepreneur Bright Simons

    '21 August 2015'
    'I think innovation is very much the ability to ask those questions that nobody thinks are important.'

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Akinwole Omoboriowo II, CEO, Genesis Electricity

    '13 August 2015'
    'In Africa you need to keep your business model very simple.'
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    Meet the Boss: Jeremy Johnson, CEO, Andela

    '4 August 2015'
    Jeremy Johnson is CEO of Andela, a company that trains young African software developers and matches them with top international companies.
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    Meet the Boss: Pierre van Tonder, CEO, Spur Corporation

    '23 July 2015'
    'I think we have some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs across the continent because they have to deal with adversity and different obstacles every single day.'
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    Meet the Boss: John Buckley, MD, Safarilink Aviation

    '21 July 2015'
    John Buckley is co-founder and managing director of Safarilink Aviation, a Kenyan airline that operates scheduled and private charter flights to popular tourist destinations across East Africa.

Recent articles

  1. Ghana's offshore oil industry contributed significantly to the country's economic growth over the past two years.

    African oil & gas organisations plan for a response to low oil prices

    '28 August 2015'
    Overall, activity in the oil & gas industry across the African continent has slowed in the wake of the declining oil price in late 2014.
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    Can tractor sharing boost the incomes of small-scale farmers?

    An Uber-like service for tractors.
  3. Kaakpema Yelpaala 200x240

    Yale graduate on starting a clinic-to-patient communication service in Uganda

    Kaakpema Yelpaala talks about his web app that allows healthcare professionals to communicate with patients via mobile phones.
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    Five recruitment myths: Your talent acquisition strategy could be harmed

    Many organisations still cling onto ideas about recruiting employees that are outdated.
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    DHL invests about 47 million euro in sub-Saharan Africa

    '27 August 2015'
    Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group, visited South Africa and Nigeria this week. The visit demonstrated the overall importance of emerging markets in the Group’s Strategy 2020: Focus.Connect.Grow., and in specific the encouraging development of sub-Saharan Africa.