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‘Parlez-vous Anglais?’ Not understanding in Abidjan

How we made it in Africa publisher Jaco Maritz shares his experiences from a recent visit to Ivory Coast.

Cecil John Rhodes didn’t do Africa nicely, but there are things we can learn from him

Despite his questionable approach to business, modern-day companies looking to sell into Africa can take a few hints from the mining magnate.

Company providing loans in the form of a new motorcycle

Tugende offers an affordable lease-to-own model to help motorcycle taxi drivers in Uganda own their own motorcycles.

Start-up snapshot: Producing high-quality tomato paste in Nigeria

“Our mission is to provide locally-produced food products to Nigerian consumers in a way that is profitable and sustainable.”

Ten African consumer trends to run with – and profit from – in 2015

Innovation opportunities for the year ahead.

Start-up snapshot: SweepSouth wants to disrupt domestic cleaning

“Our aim is to take the hassle out of getting your place cleaned.”

Beyond Lagos and Nairobi: Seven African cities of opportunity

Across the continent there are cities and towns enjoying rapid growth on the back of industries such as mining, agriculture and technology.

Start-up snapshot: Washist – Nigeria’s on-demand laundry service

“Hiring the wrong people would be one of the mistakes I have made. One major lesson learnt is to always be recruiting.”

Meet the Boss: Ed Barrow, MD, Hellofood East Africa

“Instincts and gut decisions should never be overlooked.”

Meet the Boss: Peng Chen, MD, Easy Taxi Kenya

“Neither business nor life is ever a straight shot to the goal. You have to be ready to adjust.”

French consumer brands eyeing West and Central Africa’s middle class

Five French consumer brands are expected to soon set up shop in number of sub-Saharan African countries.

Côte d’Ivoire seeking agribusiness partners

Only 35% of Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa is processed inside the country.

South African financing firm sees opportunity in private education

Business Partners recently launched a dedicated education fund.

Meet the hard-working founder of South African footwear retailer Tekkie Town

Even though he is the majority shareholder of one of South Africa’s largest unlisted retailers, Braam van Huyssteen still works long hours.

Which African countries will see the greatest growth in millionaires?

Mozambique is anticipated to be the fastest growing African market for millionaires from 2013 to 2023.