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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.

Five ways to do better business with Africa’s small-scale farmers

How Germany’s Bayer CropScience is courting small-scale farmers in Africa.

How Standard Chartered is using smartphones to understand Nigeria’s economy

Accurate market data is often hard to come by in many African countries.

Emirates – the national airline of Africa?

“There is always business to be done in Africa,” says Tim Clark, president of Emirates.

Blackstone’s Steve Schwarzman on Dangote and investing in Africa

Blackstone CEO discusses the firm’s recent investment in Africa.

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes sees opportunities for low-cost air travel in Africa

“Connectivity between Africa and Asia is very poor. That is something I’d love to get into.”

How Strive Masiyiwa won his first mobile licence by recognising the informal economy

“I understood the informal sector was real.”

Meet the Boss: Enase Okonedo, dean, Lagos Business School

“I’m a strong advocate of work-life balance.”

Sisal production akin to ‘printing money’ suggests METL Group boss

“Today the prices of sisal in the world are US$2,000 a ton, and my cost of production is $700 a ton.”