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Meet the Boss: Karl Westvig, CEO, AFB

“You can’t build a big business without trusting people.”

Why African companies should view China as a market, not as competition

“China is no longer the factory of the world. China is becoming the market of the world.”

Jas Bedi: The Kenyan industrialist who sees opportunity in everything

“I never look at a problem and moan and groan. To me everything is opportunity.”

No escalator to the top, says ‘pan-African’ businessman Kris Senanu

“You have to take the stairs, and at each step there will be barriers.”

AFB’s lending model based on trust rather than collateral

How we made it in Africa speaks to Karl Westvig, CEO of financial services firm AFB.

Interior design boss sells creativity and imagination

How we made it in Africa talks to Moshe Noiman, founder of Classic Mouldings.

Meet the Boss: Jaswinder Bedi, CEO, Bedi Investments

“I wouldn’t call myself a workaholic, but my wife does.”

Group of risk-taking friends transform plantation into golf haven for Kenya’s rich

Where once stood overgrown bush and sisal plantations, now sits a luxury golf estate .

Meet the Boss: Kris Senanu, deputy CEO, AccessKenya

“I don’t believe in jobs. I believe in seeing opportunity.”

Vipingo Ridge golf estate – where Kenya’s wealthy can escape reality

At the Kenyan coast stands the 2,500 acre Vipingo Ridge golf development.

E-payment start-up SimplePay wants to beat cash in Nigeria

How we made it in Africa interviews the entrepreneurs behind SimplePay.

International hotel companies focusing on Ethiopia

Ethiopia currently houses only a handful of international hotel brands.

African fashion with a Swedish touch

There is currently “a big push for African designs” globally, says Cecilia Östman of fashion company Njema Helena.

The man who built Kenya’s Mimosa Pharmacy chain

How Chris Getonga built and sold a successful pharmacy chain.

Ethiopia ‘quite different’ from other African countries, says Swedish entrepreneur

“Ethiopia was never colonised and so it’s quite different from other African countries.”