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Banking on BRICS

“If the BRICS countries are able to achieve unity of purpose, I think this group and its new development bank could become very powerful in changing the global financial landscape.”

No maternity leave: Being a woman entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry

South African Theresa Cupido talks about women entrepreneurship and growing a business in road marking and civil engineering field.

Meet the Boss: Jabu Basopo, GM Southern and East Africa, Visa Inc.

Jabu Basopo says there are three main components that contribute to success in leadership.

Consultant highlights five myths about doing business in Africa

Martin Tronquit, managing partner of research firm Infomineo, looks at five misconceptions about Africa.

Visa pushing for electronic payments in sub-Saharan Africa

Visa boss highlights the need to create awareness on the benefits of electronic payments.

Liquor giant replacing imports with local manufacturing in key African markets

Distell has acquired land for factories in both Angola and Nigeria.

Meet the Boss: Terry Mungai, CEO, Ashleys Kenya

“When a client is not satisfied it really bothers me.”

Pakistani businessman moves from Dubai to set up restaurant in Nairobi

“Succeeding in Kenya depends on how much patience and risk appetite you have.”

Meet the Boss: Francis Kibhisa, MD, Rex Energy (Tanzania)

“The main problem I see with young African guys is they want to grow overnight.”

How Kenya’s Terry Mungai built her beauty empire

Terry Mungai’s rise to the top was not without its challenges.

Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital emerges from the shadow of war

Once rocked by war and ethnic tensions, Abidjan is again rising.

Pros and cons of buying a franchise business: Perspectives from an entrepreneur

Johan Kilian talks about his decision to become a Pie City franchisee.

How Esther Muchemi’s early bet on the growth of mobile telecoms paid off

Esther Muchemi, CEO of Samchi Group, sees opportunity where others see challenges.

Tanzanian solar pioneer on adapting energy models to meet rural needs

Tanzanian solar solutions pioneer Rex Energy is developing inexpensive energy models for rural households.

Africa’s middle class might be smaller than previously thought

Many Africans previously seen as “middle class” are in fact highly vulnerable to various economic shocks.