March 2017 African Business News


Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is Africa's most valuable startup ecosystem

Lagos has the most valuable startup ecosystem in Africa, with the local entrepreneurship scene worth US$2 billion, according to a new report.

Peter Baird, Managing Principal, African Private Equity, Investec Asset Management

Investec Hires Baird To Lead Africa Private Equity Efforts

International asset manager Investec Asset Management has named Peter Baird as managing principal for its Africa-oriented private equity funds.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Economist explains: The demand for Nigerian debt

Nigeria’s economy shrank by 1.5% in 2016, its first annual contraction in 25 years.

A woman walks past the London Stock Exchange building in the City of London, Britain, January 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

South Africa's Brait suspends LSE listing plan on Brexit uncertainty

South Africa’s Brait SE has suspended plans to list on the London Stock Exchange.

Aliko Dangote (L) poses for a selfie picture with Director General of BPI Nicolas Dufourcq

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote to invest $700M to create West Africa's largest sugar plantation

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote plans to invest $500 million in establishing a sugar processing facility in Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities.

Ecobank Mobile

Ecobank targets 700% customer growth from mobile banking

Ecobank expects its new digital banking platform to help to boost its customer base across the continent to 100 million from 13 million by 2020.

Top 3 Mortgage Growth Markets in 2017 - Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria

Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria are the top 3 mortgage growth markets in 2017: Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has identified the top three markets globally in 2017 by fastest growth in mortgaged households.

WSJ Africa Bureau Chief Joe Parkinson (Left), Kenya's Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge (Center) and Nigeria's Sovereign Wealth Fund's CEO Uche Orji (Right)

Kenya and Nigeria Officials Have Different Economic Outlooks (Videos)

Kenya’s Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge and Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund’s CEO Uche Orji discuss their nations’ growth prospects.

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. Credit: WSJ

Rwanda's President on Africa's Fate in an Age of Trump-Style Populism (Videos)

Rwanda’s economy is one of Africa’s best performers, and many say President Paul Kagame has played a big role in that.

Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

Harvard Business School Interview: In My Humble Opinion by Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

World Bank VP and Treasurer Arunma Oteh (Harvard MBA, 1990) has a clear sense of why she likes her job.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. Credit: WSJ

The five keys to a more prosperous Africa: Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, lays out his vision for economic growth and a better life for Africans.

Airbnb Aims to Double Growth in Africa This Year

Airbnb aims to double growth in Africa this year to reach 1.5 million customers

Airbnb expects to maintain its rapid growth in Africa this year and double its customer numbers to 1.5 million,.

Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder, Ndalo Media: The biggest enabler for African success is actually not necessarily external: Credit: Red Photographic/WSJ

How to encourage innovation in Africa: Khanyi Dhlomo, Ndalo Media Founder & Ashish Thakkar, Mara Group Founder

Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it.

National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), designed by David Adjaye. Credit: ozy.com

David Adjaye and the New African Architecture

When David Adjaye set out to document African architecture in metropolitan cities across the continent, he did so informally.

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split company. Credit: qz.com

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split Safaricom

Kenya’s telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it had no plans to break up any company in the sector.

Ebenezer Asante, CEO, MTN Ghana. Credit: marcopolis.net

MTN Ghana prepares for IPO in 2017

MTN Ghana aims to complete preparations to list its shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in 2017.

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari (L) and Chinese President, Xi Jinping (R) shake hands during the signing ceremony at Great Hall of the People. Credit: Forbes/Kyodo News/Getty Images

How China's $60B for Africa will drive global prosperity: Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL

As a long-term investor and developer of infrastructure in West Africa, I have been tracking China’s courtship of African nations over the last decade.

Albert Alsina, Mediterrania's CEO and Managing Partner. Credit: peafricaevents.com

PE house Mediterrania reveals €250m target for third Africa fund

Spain-based buyout house Mediterrania Capital Partners plans to raise up to €250m capital for its third Africa vehicle.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange to seek approval for public listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange plans to seek approval from its members on March 30 to proceed with the process of becoming a publicly listed company.

Private equity in Africa steps up a gear in 2016

Private equity in Africa steps up a gear in 2016: African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Private equity investment in Africa continues to go from strength to strength, evidenced by a new report from the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).

Aliko Dangote, CEO, Dangote Group

Aliko Dangote: In for the long haul

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, is optimistic that the only place to invest in today is Africa.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Open in Nigeria

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Open in Nigeria

Krispy Kreme to open twenty shops in Nigeria over a period of five years.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Vodafone slams proposed split of Kenya's M-PESA as 'ridiculous'

Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented.

Africa Rising - What Investors Want to Hear

Africa Rising: What Investors Want to Hear (Infographic)

The “Africa Rising’’ narrative has been put on hold, due to a couple of macroeconomic factors impacting the economic growth of the giant countries of Africa.

Mteto Nyati, outgoing CEO, MTN South Africa

MTN South Africa's CEO Mteto Nyati resigns, to be replaced by Motsa

Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator MTN Group said on Tuesday that Mteto Nyati, the chief executive of its South African unit, will be resigning in March and will be replaced by Godfrey Motsa on the same day.

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, announced on Monday it has acquired a minority equity interest in Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company.

Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa

Barclays Africa 'divorce settlement' is not a sale deal: Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa

The British bank’s sell-down of its majority stake in its African subsidiary is still some way off.

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

A Kenyan lawmaker proposed breaking up Safaricom, the country’s biggest telecoms operator, on Tuesday because of its role in providing mobile financial services.

Cyril Collon, General Partner, Partech Ventures

African tech startups raise record-breaking $370M in 2016: Partech Ventures (Infographic)

At Partech Ventures, we have been tracking for the past 3 years the dynamics of African tech investment, to better understand the investment landscape on the continent.

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Hotels.ng, Nigeria’s leading hotel booking company has rolled out a new service – online flight bookings – on its website.

Africa's best-performing hedge fund launches food-focused private equity fund

Africa's best-performing hedge fund launches food-focused private equity fund

Polar Star targets agriculture as food demand outstrips supply. Commodity hedge fund beats peers over five-year period.

Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria's Minister of Finance

Nigeria to tap private capital, boost spending on infrastructure

Nigeria aims to rise the proportion of government spending devoted to infrastructure to 30 percent from 10 percent and to mobilize private capital for additional funding.

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's Vice President

Buhari's sick leave re-energizes Nigeria's presidency

When protesters marched on Nigeria’s presidential villa earlier this month to complain about a biting recession, they were not repelled by baton-wielding policemen, the usual fate for anyone arriving uninvited at the gate of the country’s power center.