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Blackstone’s Steve Schwarzman on Dangote and investing in Africa

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

Ex-banker trades cushy Bank of America job for the family business in Kenya

“Here I can be a big fish in a small pond.”

Africans flock to South Africa in search of the perfect body

Agencies specialising in medical safaris say they have seen a surge in African customers.

Do the reports on ‘Africa rising’ really reflect reality?

I am very positive about Africa. However, I am also sceptical about the various reports being produced that market the ‘Africa rising’ narrative.

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: Karl Westvig, CEO, AFB

“You can’t build a big business without trusting people.”

Why African companies should view China as a market, not as competition

“China is no longer the factory of the world. China is becoming the market of the world.”

New survey reveals growing war for talent in Africa

Competition for talent is increasing in Africa.

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.”

Jas Bedi: The Kenyan industrialist who sees opportunity in everything

“I never look at a problem and moan and groan. To me everything is opportunity.”

No escalator to the top, says ‘pan-African’ businessman Kris Senanu

“You have to take the stairs, and at each step there will be barriers.”

Africa Tech Trends: Consolidation in South Africa’s e-commerce industry

Africa Tech Trends is a fortnightly column by Tom Jackson focusing on the most important developments in Africa’s technology industry.

AFB’s lending model based on trust rather than collateral

How we made it in Africa speaks to Karl Westvig, CEO of financial services firm AFB.