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From New York to Lagos: The inspiration behind a new taxi app in Nigeria

The Easy Taxi Nigeria app links customers with reputable drivers in Lagos and Abuja.

Why a former doctor decided to start an online supermarket in Nigeria

“Gloo.ng is an outpouring of affection to my wife, and by extension, to all our target users,” says founder.

Entrepreneur talks about launching the first Egyptian co-working space

“If you have an idea and are passionate about it, just do it,” says founder of The District.

Nigeria vs SA: GDP is not everything, says Martyn Davies

Analyst says it is important to look at the bigger picture of Nigeria’s new label as top economy in Africa.

‘Mobile money has moved from this new thing into an industry,’ says MasterCard

Some 70% of world’s active mobile money users are in sub-Saharan Africa.

Off the beaten track: Business lessons from building bamboo bikes

Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative co-founder Bernice Dapaah speaks about the challenges of starting a business.

Is South Africa still considered the gateway into Africa? Yay or nay?

KPMG economist talks about South Africa’s value as an entry point for business in Africa.

Every1Mobile creating and connecting communities of mobile phone users

Every1Mobile provides users with content, products and services to help them fast track into the formal economy.

Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba’s advice for entrepreneurs

“If you are going into business you must understand the consequences,” says prominent South African businessman.

Investing in startups: Why back the jockey and not the horse?

Seed fund 88mph invests in tech entrepreneurs who show promise.

Young developer looks to take Joburg’s Maboneng Precinct model to Ghana

“The idea is to create a mixed-use development by recycling an old building in an old downtown area.”

Why formal trade in Africa lags, while informal prospers

“Informal flows are extraordinarily developed and actually very good at getting to market.”

Meet the Boss: Herman Mashaba, founder, Black Like Me

“As much as I do use my instinct, I also take calculated risks,” says South African businessman.

Ethiopian spice exporter discovers new markets in Africa

With clients around the world and across Africa, Feed Green Ethiopia Exports is seeing business success.

Five ways Africa can become a global force in farming

With its land and water resources, Africa has the potential to feed itself and become an exporter.