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BRICs economist Jim O’Neill invests in Nigerian mobile payments company

O’Neill backs Paga as “the number one way to pay and get paid in Nigeria”.

Kenyan doctor shares seven tips on how to succeed against all odds

Expand your boundaries and be persistent, advises Dr Betty Gikonyo.

Social media in Nigeria – mobile chat dominates

A recent report highlights social media trends in Africa’s biggest economy.

Dreaming big is how Kenyan doctor built her own private hospital

Her medical training stood Dr Betty Gikonyo in good stead to become CEO of The Karen Hospital.

Potato chip manufacturer talks about getting Nigerians to buy local

“We as Nigerians always believe that foreign brands are better than locally made brands… which poses a challenge to us.”

Seven reasons why most startup businesses fail

Kenyan entrepreneur Sriram Bharatam shares his thoughts.

Carlyle private equity fund eyeing investments linked to emerging middle class

The Carlyle Group has seen greater than expected investor interest in a fund focused solely on sub-Saharan Africa.

Yes, Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy, but don’t expect a quick buck

Investors interested in Nigeria should be prepared, and be in it for the long term.

Seven South African tech startups hoping to grab your attention

From pet food to dating to rentals, 88mph has a range of startups under its wing.

From New York to Lagos: The inspiration behind a new taxi app in Nigeria

The Easy Taxi Nigeria app links customers with reputable drivers in Lagos and Abuja.

Private equity firm backing affordable housing projects in Africa

“We want to build houses and get supply of houses into this middle-income market.”

How David Mwendele is making money to fund his youth charity

“I was very frustrated seeing fellow youth who were not lucky enough to get an education suffering.”

Why a former doctor decided to start an online supermarket in Nigeria

“Gloo.ng is an outpouring of affection to my wife, and by extension, to all our target users,” says founder.

Gossy Ukanwoke – Nigeria’s online university pioneer

Offering courses in a variety of subjects, Beni American University students access all material online.

Takeaways big business as Famous Brands expands across East Africa

Restaurant company plans to launch its Mugg & Bean coffee shop chain in Nairobi.