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Carlyle private equity fund eyeing investments linked to emerging middle class

The Carlyle Group has seen greater than expected investor interest in a fund focused solely on sub-Saharan Africa.

Yes, Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy, but don’t expect a quick buck

Investors interested in Nigeria should be prepared, and be in it for the long term.

Gossy Ukanwoke – Nigeria’s online university pioneer

Offering courses in a variety of subjects, Beni American University students access all material online.

Domino’s Pizza coming to Southern Africa: What you need to know

Domino’s is another US fast food brand entering the African market.

Innovating in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos

To get around traffic problems in Lagos, DHL Express transports express cargo via boat.

Is Facebook planning to use drones to connect Africa?

Facebook might soon be providing internet access to rural parts of Africa through high-altitude drones.

Nigeria overtakes South Africa as continent’s largest economy

After months of speculation, Nigeria today officially overtook South Africa as the largest economy on the continent.

What investors think about private equity in Africa

A report shows investors are increasingly willing to back African-focused private equity funds.

‘We didn’t cancel a single flight during the crisis,’ says DHL Mali country manager

“Mali has gone through a difficult time. It is getting back slowly.”

From phones to fashion to rice: Online shopping gaining traction in Africa

A number of companies are vying to become the Amazon of their respective territories.

Don’t ignore Nigeria’s smaller neighbour Benin

Consulting firm A.T. Kearney has ranked Benin as the 11th most attractive market for retailers in Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s top five retail markets

The African Retail Development Index highlights markets that hold potential for growth in retail.

German agriculture boss endorses foreign investment in African farming

“I don’t think you have a region in the world with a bigger opportunity than Africa,” says agribusiness boss.

Putting Malawi on the radar as a tourism destination

One of Africa’s “best-kept secrets”, Malawi is set for growth in its tourism and hospitality industry.

Knight Frank identifies Africa’s key wealth hubs

Nairobi is “the most important African business centre between the Mediterranean and Johannesburg”.