July 2017 African Business News


Telecoms regulator approves Etisalat Nigeria name change

Telecoms regulator approves Etisalat Nigeria name change to 9mobile

Nigeria’s telecoms regulator has approved Etisalat Nigeria’s name change after its Middle East parent pulled out following regulatory intervention to save the local company from collapse due to debt.

Johannesburg, South Africa

The top 10 wealthiest cities in Africa: AfrAsia Bank & New World Wealth (Infographic)

AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth recently reviewed the 10 wealthiest cities in Africa by total wealth held.

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

Mobile contributes $110 billion to Sub-Saharan African economies: Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

Sub-Saharan Africa is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing mobile market in the world.


Travelers at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport

African countries are welcoming more tourists than ever before

Africa’s tourist spots were some of the fast-growing and popular destinations in the world last year.

GT Bank, Nigeria's biggest bank by market value, has raised the maximum monthly dollar spend limit to $1,000 from

Nigeria Banks Boosting Dollar Spending as Liquidity Improves

Nigerian banks are boosting dollar-spending limits for payment cards denominated in local currency as much as tenfold because of improved foreign-exchange supply.

Malusi Gigaba, South Africa's Minister of FinanceMalusi Gigaba, South Africa's Minister of Finance

South Africa Weighs State Internet Company Merger

South Africa is considering a merger of state-owned technology companies Broadband Infraco and Sentech to help to accelerate the rollout of high-speed internet to the population within three years, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Joseph Nnanna, Chairman of Etisalat Nigeria & Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Etisalat Nigeria rebrands to 9mobile

Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS), trading as Etisalat Nigeria, has adopted 9Mobile as a new brand identity following a meeting held on 13 July.

Aliko Dangote, CEO, Dangote Group

Africa's Richest Man Invests $4.6 Billion in Nigeria Farming

Dangote Group, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $3.8 billion in sugar and rice and $800 million in dairy production in the next three years as the company seeks to expand and deal with a shortage of dollars in its home market of Nigeria.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange on course to list its own shares

A bill that has passed a second reading by Nigeria’s parliament could pave the way for the Nigerian Stock Exchange to issue its own shares

Etisalat Nigeria's new CEO targets profit after regulator rescue

Etisalat Nigeria's new CEO targets profit after regulator rescue

Etisalat Nigeria is focused on getting the telecoms group back on track to make a profit after it was saved from collapse, while working on the paperwork to eventually raise new capital.

Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com

Amazon Web Services cloud platform considering hosting data centers in South Africa

Amazon Web Services is hoping to build cloud data centers in South Africa – an expansion was strongly hinted at by CTO Werner Vogels during the recent AWS Summit in Cape Town.

Africa's Liquid Telecom raises $700m in bond and term-loan issue

Africa's Liquid Telecom raises $700m in bond and term-loan issue

Liquid Telecom, an unlisted pan-African telecoms group, has raised $700m in a bond and term-loan issue that will help it refinance debt and provide a war chest for further acquisitions.

Is Nigeria's $300 million diaspora bond a worthwhile investment

Is Nigeria's $300 million diaspora bond a worthwhile investment?

Having been in the pipeline for some time now, Nigeria’s $300m London Stock Exchange-listed diaspora bond went down very well with investors, being 130% oversubscribed.

Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne

MainOne CEO Funke Opeke on the challenges of and opportunities for investing in Africa

While many fear investing in Africa, one woman has not been afraid of doing so. Funke Opeke is the Founder and CEO of one of the continent’s largest ICT companies, MainOne.

Abraaj Group to buy African coffee chain Java House

Abraaj Group to buy African coffee chain Java House

Abraaj Group, an emerging markets focused fund group, has agreed to buy African coffee chain Java House from private equity rival Emerging Capital Partners and Kevin Ashley, the Nairobi-based company’s executive chairman.

Edwin Dande, Managing Partner & CEO, Cytonn Investments

Meet the Kenyan entrepreneur who built an $800 million asset management firm

Kenyan-born Edwin Dande is the Founder of Cytonn Investments, an alternative investment management and real estate company, with offices in Nairobi and the DC Metro area.

Orange & Vodafone are seeking to purchase 65% of Etisalat Nigeria

Orange, Vodafone are reportedly seeking to purchase 65% of Etisalat Nigeria

Orange Telecom and Vodafone are seeking to purchase 65 percent of Etisalat Nigeria following the departure of the UAE-based Etisalat Group from its Nigerian business, reports Brandish citing unnamed sources.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Rent is cheap in Johannesburg but expensive in Lagos, according to new study

People flocking to South Africa’s economic hub are likely to find some of the world’s cheapest rents.

The Silo: Is this Africa's best new hotel?

The Silo: Is this Africa's best new hotel? Check out photos

Cape Town’s The Silo Hotel — named after the former grain-silo complex in which it is housed — opened its doors in March as an instant Cape Town landmark.

The Pinnacle, Nairobi, Kenya

Work begins on the tallest skyscraper in Africa

The mighty peaks of Kilimanjaro and Kenya are the highest points in Africa, towering over the East Coast nations.

Sahel Capital closes agribusiness fund FAFIN at $65.9 million

Sahel Capital closes agribusiness fund FAFIN at $65.9 million

Sahel Capital, fund manager for the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (“FAFIN”), is pleased to announce the successful $65.9 million final close of its debut fund.

Lagos, Nigeria

Fact of the Day: Nigeria to be 3rd most populous country by 2050 (Infographics)

By 2050 around 2.2 billion people could be added to the global population and more than half of that growth will occur in Africa.

Pictures of Sudan's Nubian pyramids

One of Africa's best kept secrets - its history

Africa has a rich and complex history but there is widespread ignorance of this heritage. A celebrated British historian once said there was only the history of Europeans in Africa.