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Private equity firm backing affordable housing projects in Africa

“We want to build houses and get supply of houses into this middle-income market.”

How David Mwendele is making money to fund his youth charity

“I was very frustrated seeing fellow youth who were not lucky enough to get an education suffering.”

Takeaways big business as Famous Brands expands across East Africa

Restaurant company plans to launch its Mugg & Bean coffee shop chain in Nairobi.

Oil discoveries likely to drive demand for hotels in Kenya

Local and international hotel brands are growing operations in Nairobi.

Meet the Boss: Eline Blaauboer, managing partner, TBL Mirror Fund

After its success on a small scale, private equity fund manager would like to work with more businesses.

Nairobi salon owner sees big money in the beauty business

With a recent private equity investment, Kenyan salon chain hopes to expand across East Africa.

Meet the Boss: Ashok Shah, CEO, Apollo

“You cannot get rich very quickly,” says Kenyan insurer.

East Africa ‘has all the ingredients for private equity’

TBL Mirror Fund looking to “buy into the growth story” of entrepreneurial businesses.

Ashok Shah’s tale of winning in the insurance game

After almost four decades in the industry, Kenya’s Apollo has seen its ups and downs.

African Land Investments eyeing malls in key markets across the continent

Property investment firm aims to grow its portfolio to US$500m.

How Freddie the Dreamer introduced technology in rural Tanzania

“If you go to my village today almost 90% of the youth know how to use computers. I am very proud of that.”

Meet the Boss: Tunji Olowolafe, chairman, GZ Industries

“We need to educate all our people. That way we will achieve true freedom and prosperity.”

Nigerian manufacturer cashing in on demand for drinks in Africa

With more Africans drinking beer and soft drinks, GZI is well placed to expand its business.

Past Anzisha Prize finalists urge young entrepreneurs to enter for 2014

“We are looking for young people who have that intelligence, that drive, that hunger and that passion for what they are doing.”

E-commerce site connects craftswomen to global market

Online platform Soko enables Kenyan artisans to sell their handcrafted jewellery to a wider market.