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How mobile money is transforming Africa

I live in the heart of Silicon Valley and am still dependent on a piece of plastic I have to carry around with me everywhere.

Start-up snapshot: Early-warning system to prevent devastating shack fires

How we made it in Africa

After selling company for $500k, Joel Mwale now wants to change the way we learn

At the young age of 21, Joel Mwale has already achieved a lot.

Mark Mobius: Africa’s power sector offers ‘potentially attractive opportunities’

If the challenge posed by Africa’s electric power deficit is monumental, so is the effort currently going into addressing the problem.

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.”

Ex-Apple CEO’s mobile phone brand Obi wants to crack the African market

Obi phones are targeted at “young, tech-savvy and aspirational youth”.

Ten reasons why 2015 is a crucial year for Africa

The year ahead holds incredible opportunity – as well as considerable risk.

How local companies can benefit from China’s presence in Africa

Negative perceptions stand in the way of local companies forging business partnerships with their Chinese counterparts.

Start-up snapshot: Website creation platform looking to target African SMEs

“The best moment for me was definitely the very first day when the first customer signed up, created his own site with his own domain and paid.”

Eight African business trends to profit from in 2015

Africa is rich in distinct market trends.

Why South African township marketing agency sees opportunity in Zimbabwe

Anisa Kale, co-founder of Keys Communications, talks about the decision to expand her agency into Zimbabwe.

Six emerging real estate investment hotspots in Africa

According to property portal Lamudi, likely real estate opportunities in 2015 lie in emerging cities.

Africa Tech Trends: Employing technology to root out corruption

The western world has WikiLeaks, now Africa has AfriLeaks.

Start-up snapshot: Detecting substance abuse in employees with camera device

“OculusID is a platform for non-invasive and hygienic testing. The technology itself is advanced,” says Ashley Uys.

Doing business in Kenya: What do Chinese companies really think?

It is very rare in Kenya to see the CEO of a Chinese-owned company discussing their interests in the country.