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Making sense of Africa’s middle class

New study challenges some commonly held perceptions about the size of Africa’s middle class.

‘No secret to doing business in Africa,’ says Nakumatt MD Atul Shah

“Just deliver your promises to customers and respect the cultural norms.”

Restaurateur on why he is leaving KFC Kenya to rebuild the Kengeles brand

Gavin Bell hopes to take the lessons he has acquired running KFC to rebuild his brand Kengeles.

Ashish Thakkar on doing business in Africa… and becoming an astronaut

Ashish Thakkar is an entrepreneur with a vision of placing Africa at the centre of the world stage.

Why 100m Nigerians could soon have a MasterCard in their wallets

Nigeria’s controversial new MasterCard-branded identity card is a huge coup for the payments company.

Africa Tech Trends: Unexpected players entering the telecoms space

Tom Jackson on the latest developments in Africa’s technology industry.

Report reveals sub-Saharan Africa’s 10 most competitive economies

The World Economic Forum ranks the region’s most competitive countries.

40 African countries have a smaller GDP than US state of Vermont

Vermont has a larger economy than countries such as Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia and Mozambique.

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.”

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.

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

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

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.

Kenyan CEO attributes business success to lessons learnt from father

Simba Corp CEO acquired his business acumen from his father.

Profit vs non-profit: Why this Ugandan enterprise is no longer an NGO

“The best way to create a sustainable social impact is finding commercial solutions for social problems.”