Archive for the ‘Business Focus’ category

Entrepreneur explains why it is easier to be successful in Kenya than India

How we made it in Africa talks to Indian businessman Sriram Bharatam.

Rising brand consciousness among Zambian middle class

Abhilash Bajpai, director of home electronics and appliances retailer, Radian Stores, talks about the rise in brand consciousness he is seeing in Zambia.

No separation between work and pleasure in Lagos, says start-up coach

“I think the best thing about Nigeria, specifically Lagos, is the energy of the work culture.”

ATMs still have a future in Africa, says Diebold

While mobile payments is leapfrogging traditional financial services infrastructure in Africa, Diebold says there’s still strong growth potential for ATMs.

‘Facebook and online shopping? Yes! But please no internet banking’

Internet-loving Nigerians slow to adopt web banking.

Affordable housing: Nigeria’s big challenge also a ‘massive opportunity’

Nigeria ranks among the top five nations globally where low-income families struggle to access affordable housing.

Marketing on a budget in Africa: Mi-Fone’s founder shares his strategies

Alpesh Patel, founder of Africa’s Mi-Fone, shares some of the strategies the brand has employed to place it in the game.

Africa Tech Trends: Cross-border remittances set to get easier in East Africa

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

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.

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

“I understood the informal sector was real.”

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.

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.”

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.