Company information

Ghana’s first pension fund targeting the informal sector

The for-profit company sees opportunity in a market that's been largely ignored.

Selling food past its best-before date: Company discovers new market

Foodies sells the non-perishable food products that traditional grocers deem unsuitable for their shelves.

Africa’s immediate growth prospects have slowed, but with differing regional dynamics

Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth forecasts for 2016 have fallen to a two-decade low.

Why China’s WeChat is paying South Africans to eat Big Macs

Messaging platform WeChat partners with McDonald's in bid to gain traction in South Africa.

Why are African food companies struggling to compete with foreign products?

The market is growing fast, but continues to be dominated by imports.

[Sponsored] Business opportunity: Everything you need to start an online gaming business

Sahara Game Technology takes care of every aspect of the business, except bringing in the players.

Addis Ababa airport – a view into a parallel world

The four hours I spent waiting for my next flight provided some comfort in the wake of Trump, Brexit and growing nationalism.

The Somaliland entrepreneur solving problems unique to his home

"In Somaliland there are a lot of untapped areas and unfulfilled needs," says Mohamed Abdilahi Dahir.

Business Focus

  1. featured_images-2

    2017 economic outlook: welcome to the jungle

    10 December, 2016
    Next year is shaping up to be volatile, with any benefits from US expansion likely to be short-lived.
  2. owori-sam-200x240

    Business leader Samuel Owori says many Ugandans ‘grossly underpaid’

    8 December, 2016
    The former head of the African Development Bank calls for employers to 'dignify' their employees.
  3. Lagos Nigeria 200x240

    Africa’s immediate growth prospects have slowed, but with differing regional dynamics

    7 December, 2016
    Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth forecasts for 2016 have fallen to a two decade low.
  4. e-commerce 200x240

    Unpacking sub-Saharan Africa’s online retail industry

    7 December, 2016
    A comprehensive look at where the industry is headed in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Foreign investment

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    Profit-making idea: The number one country to invest in long-term

    2 December, 2016
    According to major fund investors, Nigeria is the country to watch.
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    Zambia: Ignoring golden rules of taxation can strangle your economy

    29 November, 2016
    The Zambian government should stop moving the goal posts.
  3. adrian-leuenbergersmall

    Private equity: Africa shifts from a seller’s to a buyer’s market

    28 November, 2016
    Q&A with Adrian Leuenberger, Quantum Global's group head of asset management.
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    Can Trump dump Africa?

    17 November, 2016
    What ignoring the continent would mean for America.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Tapping into Nairobi’s growing fitness trend

    5 December, 2016
    Reform Cycling and Strength Studio uses technology to set itself apart from an increasing number of competitors.
  2. mohamed-abdilahi-dahir-200x240

    The Somaliland entrepreneur solving problems unique to his home

    2 December, 2016
    'In Somaliland there are a lot of untapped areas and unfulfilled needs,' says Mohamed Abdilahi Dahir.
  3. dave-bester-200x240

    Selling food past its best-before date: Company discovers new market

    29 November, 2016
    Foodies sells the non-perishable food products that traditional grocers deem unsuitable for their shelves.
  4. saheel-shah-200x240

    Surviving sabotage: The Kenyan manufacturing business that lived to tell the tale

    23 November, 2016
    A Kenyan entrepreneur on the worst day of his career.

Business Advice

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    How to start manufacturing in Africa – without experience or capital

    8 December, 2016
    Lessons from first-time manufacturers who built their businesses from the ground up.
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    Innovation: Are you still doing things the way you did them two years ago?

    25 November, 2016
    Effective innovation starts with strong leadership.
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    Five principles for developing a killer, market-disrupting app

    18 November, 2016
    The South African wiCode creator, Bevan Ducasse, on his rules for success.
  4. kehinde-oriola-200x240

    Outsourcing key to start-up success, says DealDey CEO

    17 November, 2016
    The Nigerian deals website learned this lesson the hard way.

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Sefik Bagdadioglu, managing director, Jumia Market

    1 November, 2016
    'There are a lot of people who are trying to solve problems that do not exist.'
  2. bola3

    Meet the Boss: Bola Onadele, CEO, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

    18 October, 2016
    'Be honest about business, be very transparent and take care of your employees.'
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    Meet the Boss: Akshay Shah, managing director, Silafrica

    5 September, 2016
    ‘I think the best lessons of leadership are learned from other people.’
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    Meet the Boss: George Odo, MD for East Africa, AfricInvest

    28 August, 2016
    Private equity boss shares what keeps him awake at night, and why he has been successful in business.

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    Retrenchment a blessing in disguise for ambitious entrepreneur

    13 October, 2016
    From oil and gas to vending machines, mangoes and ICT.
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    Central Africa offers growth potential for airline industry, but challenges remain

    19 September, 2016
    Lufthansa country manager weighs in on regional opportunities.
  3. chad-sponsors-fc-metz-200x240

    Why Chad is sponsoring a French football team

    8 September, 2016
    FC Metz's new player jerseys now bear the slogan, 'Tchad: Oasis du Sahel' ('Chad: Oasis of the Sahel'). Here is why.
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    American entrepreneur’s journey from finance to running an ICT company in Africa

    5 September, 2016
    'The guy who is going to make it is the one who sticks in there, who doesn’t take no for an answer, and who goes down the unbeaten trail.'

Private equity

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    Private equity: Africa shifts from a seller’s to a buyer’s market

    28 November, 2016
    Q&A with Adrian Leuenberger, Quantum Global's group head of asset management.
  2. Money-1-200x240

    Africa’s shifting private equity landscape

    22 November, 2016
    The entry of new kinds of investors is transforming the market.
  3. Nairobi, Kenya

    East Africa strengthens its private equity investment potential

    21 November, 2016
    East Africa reported a total of 167 PE deals between 2010-2016 H1, with a total deal value of US$1.4bn.
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    North Africa continues to demonstrate private equity investment potential

    2 November, 2016
    Latest AVCA 'Spotlight on North Africa Private Equity' report indicates steady investor interest in the manufacturing, healthcare, education and consumer goods sectors.

Focus on Mining

  1. featured_images-2

    Zambia: Ignoring golden rules of taxation can strangle your economy

    29 November, 2016
    The Zambian government should stop moving the goal posts.
  2. jessica-van-onselen-and-shawn-duthie-200x240

    What are the best approaches to Africa’s economic development?

    13 October, 2016
    Diversification and beneficiation might not be the answers.
  3. pius-kasolo200x240

    Beneath the Surface: Pius Kasolo, CEO, ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc

    27 September, 2016
    'Apart from the cyclical commodity prices, the power deficit being experienced in the country is one of the greatest threats.'
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    Five countries, often overlooked, poised for 5%-plus growth

    12 September, 2016
    Strong growth in the face of challenging economic conditions across the continent.

Focus on technology

  1. featured_images-2

    Why China’s WeChat is paying South Africans to eat Big Macs

    25 November, 2016
    Messaging platform WeChat partners with McDonald's in bid to gain traction in South Africa.
  2. neo-marti-200x240

    Start-up snapshot: Customer feedback platform encouraging businesses to ‘bua’ (talk)

    24 November, 2016
    BUA is a website that enables customers to give feedback to businesses.
  3. bevan-ducasse-200x240

    Five principles for developing a killer, market-disrupting app

    18 November, 2016
    The South African wiCode creator, Bevan Ducasse, on his rules for success.
  4. kehinde-oriola-200x240

    Outsourcing key to start-up success, says DealDey CEO

    17 November, 2016
    The Nigerian deals website learned this lesson the hard way.

Recent articles

  1. economic_growth200x240

    2017 economic outlook: welcome to the jungle

    10 December, 2016
    Next year is shaping up to be volatile, with any benefits from US expansion likely to be short-lived.
  2. How to start manufacturing in Africa – without experience or capital

    8 December, 2016
    Lessons from first-time manufacturers who built their businesses from the ground up.
  3. owori-sam-200x240

    Business leader Samuel Owori says many Ugandans ‘grossly underpaid’

    8 December, 2016
    The former head of the African Development Bank calls for employers to 'dignify' their employees.
  4. Lagos Nigeria 200x240

    Africa’s immediate growth prospects have slowed, but with differing regional dynamics

    7 December, 2016
    Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth forecasts for 2016 have fallen to a two decade low.
  5. e-commerce 200x240

    Unpacking sub-Saharan Africa’s online retail industry

    7 December, 2016
    A comprehensive look at where the industry is headed in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
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