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Case study: How this Singapore tech company built a thriving business in Africa

“For an SME to thrive in Africa, it will need people with a sense of adventure and not pampered employees that are used to luxury comforts,” says ICT company.

The journey so far: Tunde Kehinde, co-founder, Lidya / Jumia

“The earlier you can learn on someone else’s dime before committing your life, taking money from investors and bringing people into your company, the better.”

How this Kenyan company saw an opportunity to link small-scale farmers with banks

“Financial institutions know that agriculture is a big, untapped market,” says Peris Bosire, co-founder of FarmDrive.

PARTNER CONTENT: Quantum Global

Renewables and Africa’s energy future

The cost of renewables – particularly solar panels – has fallen significantly over recent years, bringing mass produced clean energy into the realms of reality.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Start-ups in Africa are more likely to grow from client revenue than investment

Business leaders discuss what it takes to develop African 'unicorns' (start-ups with a valuation of over $1bn).

PARTNER CONTENT: DHL

Filling Nigeria’s fintech sector

Tech entrepreneur Tayo Oviosu returned to Nigeria from the US with a mission to build a business that would help financially empower ordinary people.

Does Trump’s ‘America first’ mean ‘Africa last’?

African leaders are wondering whether the Trump administration is adopting an 'Africa last' policy.

Doing business in rural Africa: Strategies for success

Taking advantage of the business opportunities offered by Africa’s rural communities is a long-term, resource-intensive exercise requiring a highly-focused approach.

Business Focus

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    The economic costs of illicit financial flows in Africa’s extractive sector

    25 July, 2017
    Trade misinvoicing, which is a major aspect of illicit financial flows, is a bottleneck on Africa’s growth.
  2. New approaches will enhance food security in Africa

    25 July, 2017
    Food demand in Africa is expected to rise by over 60% by 2050 due to population growth.
  3. Nigeria’s ‘queen of golf’ mentors next generation of potential pros

    25 July, 2017
    In Nigeria golf is still a rich man's game.
  4. Big shift in Nigerian shopping patterns due to tough market conditions

    18 July, 2017
    Challenging macro-economic forces have compelled Nigerian consumers to make fundamental changes in what, where and how they shop.

Foreign investment

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    Macron’s FrançAfrique: Old wine in a new bottle?

    25 July, 2017
    Africa should not be under the illusion that Macron is going to be a president with Africa at heart.
  2. Africa’s dilemmas with May’s Brexit quagmire

    17 July, 2017
    Africa must diligently follow the progress on the UK-EU Brexit negotiations to be able to strike the right deal at the right time.
  3. Case study: How this Singapore tech company built a thriving business in Africa

    14 July, 2017
    'For an SME to thrive in Africa, it will need people with a sense of adventure and not pampered employees that are used to luxury comforts,' says ICT company.
  4. Does Trump’s ‘America first’ mean ‘Africa last’?

    14 July, 2017
    African leaders are wondering whether the Trump administration is adopting an 'Africa last' policy.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Nigerian entrepreneur grows trendsetting jewellery business from scratch

    25 July, 2017
    We talk to Gbenga Ayo-Dada, the founder and creative head of Artsmith Collections.
  2. Congolese inventor has a solution to get rural Africa emailing

    25 July, 2017
    A device that makes sending an email over 100-times cheaper.
  3. How this Kenyan company saw an opportunity to link small-scale farmers with banks

    17 July, 2017
    'Financial institutions know that agriculture is a big, untapped market,' says Peris Bosire, co-founder of FarmDrive.
  4. Moroccan tech entrepreneur has a solution to combat illegal fishing

    10 July, 2017
    Drones controlled by special artificial intelligence software cost a fraction of operating traditional surveillance planes.

Profit-making idea

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    Profit-making idea: Manufacturing matches in Rwanda

    4 July, 2017
    'It is very easy to produce, but no-one has thought about doing it.'
  2. Profit-making idea: Potential for construction companies along Mozambique’s Nacala corridor

    27 June, 2017
    New logistics corridor offers business opportunities.
  3. Profit-making idea: Keep an eye on Senegal’s emerging oil and gas industry

    13 June, 2017
    An oil and gas boom would generate demand for products and services that support the hydrocarbons industry.
  4. Profit-making idea: What do dried egg yolk, sorbitol and sodium sulphate have in common?

    11 April, 2017
    Import substitution opportunities identified at Africa CEO Forum.

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Mário Lourenço, CEO, Cochan Group

    4 July, 2017
    'Leadership is learnt with time.'
  2. Meet the Boss: Olivier Jacquin, CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group

    1 July, 2017
    'Surround yourself with the right people to help deliver your vision.'
  3. Meet the Boss: Jaco Lotz, ‎International Business Development Executive, ADvTECH

    29 May, 2017
    'I’ve been frequently exposed to new challenges through changes in my career path.'
  4. Meet the Boss: Nick Langford, Country Head Kenya, Rendeavour

    23 May, 2017
    'No worthwhile business is ever done after 10:00 in the evening,' says property development boss.

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    How German firms can tap into Africa’s diversification drive

    3 February, 2017
    'Where I do see significant opportunities is in the midstream and downstream petroleum industry.'
  2. Understanding Cameroon’s untapped business opportunities

    16 January, 2017
    NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group, shares where he sees opportunities in Cameroon.
  3. On-the-ground realities in central Africa different to investors’ perceptions

    13 December, 2016
    Doing business in French-speaking central Africa is often different to what prospective investors assume, according to private equity boss.
  4. Start-up snapshot: The Cameroonian company using fish to farm crops – and vice versa

    30 November, 2016
    Save Our Agriculture is a start-up that focuses on producing aquaponics kits.

Private Equity

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    The journey so far: Lexi Novitske, principal investment officer, Singularity Investments

    29 June, 2017
    Talking tough situations and untapped business opportunities with Nigeria-based investor.
  2. Interview: Searching for Africa’s alternative investment opportunities

    30 May, 2017
    We speak to Paul Boynton, the CEO of Old Mutual Alternative Investments.
  3. Why this private equity firm is betting on a Kenyan biscuit manufacturer

    16 May, 2017
    Opportunities in the biscuit business in Kenya and beyond.
  4. Meet the Boss: Paul Kavuma, CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners

    15 May, 2017
    'It is quite difficult in leadership to listen and to really hear what other people are saying,' says private equity boss.

Recent articles

  1. Fundo Soberano de Angola retains high ranking on the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Transparency Index

    25 July, 2017
    FSDEA Scores 8 out of 10 in the 2017 Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index.
  2. The economic costs of illicit financial flows in Africa’s extractive sector

    25 July, 2017
    Trade misinvoicing, which is a major aspect of illicit financial flows, is a bottleneck on Africa’s growth.
  3. Nigerian entrepreneur grows trendsetting jewellery business from scratch

    25 July, 2017
    We talk to Gbenga Ayo-Dada, the founder and creative head of Artsmith Collections.
  4. New approaches will enhance food security in Africa

    25 July, 2017
    Food demand in Africa is expected to rise by over 60% by 2050 due to population growth.
  5. Nigeria’s ‘queen of golf’ mentors next generation of potential pros

    25 July, 2017
    In Nigeria golf is still a rich man's game.
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