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Big business potential in East Africa’s smaller cities and towns

Unpacking the potential in cities and towns such as Nakuru, Eldoret and Kahama.

Meet the Boss: Farouk Jivani, CEO, Despec Africa

“When you are angry and you write an email, don’t press ‘send’ until you’ve read it again the next day.”

East Africa’s largest shopping mall to have strong international flavour

In October, Kenya-based investment company Centum will open the largest shopping mall in East Africa.

Start-up snapshot: Storage solutions for small living spaces

K-Home Design produces fabric-based shoe racks and document organisers.

How Nakumatt became one of East Africa’s largest retailers

Nakumatt Holdings is a significant player in East Africa’s retail sector, generating $700m in annual gross revenues.

Ethiopian tech hub making life easier for entrepreneurs

It is an uphill battle for Ethiopia’s young tech entrepreneurs.

Bring it on, Nakumatt tells foreign retailers set to enter Kenya

Kenyan retailer not fazed by foreign competition.

Ethiopia’s banking industry slowly evolving

Ethiopia’s financial services industry is one of the least developed in the region.

Chef wants to put Ethiopian cuisine on global map with cooking show

How we made it in Africa talks to chef Yohanis Hailemariam.

Start-up snapshot: Database of construction industry professionals

Kinehintsa is a database of buildings, service providers and professionals in the construction industry in Ethiopia.

‘Business school wasn’t going to teach me to run a business in Ethiopia’

How we made it in Africa talks to entrepeneur Abai Schulze.

Start-up snapshot: Manufacturing electrical hardware in Ethiopia

“The biggest risk is Chinese manufacturers.”

Pizza vs injera: Selling Italian food in Ethiopia

Selling pizza in a country where traditional foods are very popular is no easy task.

Meet the Boss: Dr Mohammed Nuri, CEO, Medtech Ethiopia

“When I am out of the office I forget about stuff. I have another life.”

Ethiopia: Ambitions to become a global force in leather production

Ethiopia’s leather industry is increasingly attracting investment.