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President Uhuru Kenyatta wins second term in Kenya elections

President Uhuru Kenyatta wins second term in Kenya elections

President Uhuru Kenyatta won re-election in Kenya on Friday, defeating veteran opposition leader and longtime rival Raila Odinga in a tense contest.

Let's rebrand Africa, says Akon.

Let's rebrand Africa, says superstar artist and producer Akon (Video)

“The number one brander in the universe is the United States, ” said Akon at the insightful, entertaining, applause-heavy talk he delivered at the recent YouthConnekt Africa Summit ’17 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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.

Make the right connections in the African power sector with B2B Matchmaking

Register now for POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2017 (Sponsored)

Africa’s premier power sector expo and conference will be staged from 18 – 20 July at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Media Eghbal, Head of Countries' Analysis, Euromonitor International. Credit: LinkedIn

Top 3 Largest Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (Audio): Media Eghbal, Head of Countries' Analysis, Euromonitor International

Sub-Saharan African economic growth is expected to pick up in 2017 after reaching the lowest level in 22 years in 2016.

Ismail Ahmed, Founder & CEO, WorldRemit

WorldRemit Africa revenue to double by 2020 on mobile money, says Founder & CEO Ismail Ahmed

Higher-paid African expatriates sending cash to home countries. Money-transfer company has Facebook backer Accel as investor.

Fitch downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk status

Fitch downgrades South Africa's credit rating to "junk" status

Ratings agency Fitch downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to sub-investment grade on Friday.

Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO, EbonyLife TV. Credit: CNN

Mo Abudu: The Nigerian media mogul building a global empire (Video)

How do you get from a talk show sofa to boardroom chair? If you ask Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu, it’s being motivated by an eagerness to dispel ignorance – more specifically about Africa.

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.

Job Opening - Agro Economist

Job Opening: Agronomist / Agriculture Economist / Agriculture Consultant

A newly formed commercial agriculture venture in Nigeria is looking to hire an Agronomist/Agriculture Economist/Agriculture Consultant.

Travelers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria

Trump's "Muslim ban" could hurt African visitors beyond banned countries

Over the past 48 hours, much of the coverage of President Trump’s executive order has focused on entry bans to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and rightly so.

Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group. Credit: CNBC Africa

I will build Dangote Group into a $100B business, I still have plans to buy Arsenal, says Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote (Video)

“If you are in Africa or in Nigeria for the short-term, then you shouldn’t be there,” says Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group.

Rachel Maddow, Host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC

Rachel @Maddow's coverage of #ECOWAS and the #Gambia crisis, in particular, was pretty pathetic #ABCView

Typical ignorant and condescending coverage commonly associated with the Western media’s coverage of #Africa

How private equity investors create value in Africa: EY/AVCA

Private equity activity in Africa at multi-year high (Infographics & Report): EY/AVCA

In EY‘s fourth annual analysis of private equity exits in Africa, it finds that even amidst economic uncertainty, private equity saw strong exit volume in 2015, bringing exits to a nine-year high.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Founder & CEO, Zuvaa. Credit: good.is

How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online (Photos)

What started with a compliment turned one young woman’s idea into a million dollar business. When Kelechi Anyadiegwu started her online African clothing store Zuvaa with $500 two years ago, her idea was to share African-inspired designs with consumers around the world.

Why Africa Remains Ripe for Private Equity: BCG

Why Africa Remains Ripe for Private Equity: BCG (Infographics & Report)

For the past decade, Africa has been one of the world’s hottest growth markets for private equity investment. In the early 1990s, a mere dozen Africa-based funds managed a combined $1 billion; today, more than 200 funds manage upwards of $30 billion.

Ngozi (L) and Chijioke Dozie: The brothers are Café Neo's Co-Founders and Co-CEOs. Credit: CNN

2 brothers have tapped into Africa's coffee renaissance (Video & Photos)

Nigeria is the seventh largest coffee producing country in the world, and two brothers there have decided to capitalize on this.

ABC is hiring

ABC is hiring: Manager, Online Marketing (Part-Time, Home-Based, Remote & Flexible Hours)

African Business Central (“ABC”) is looking to hire a part-time Online Marketing Manager to join our experienced marketing and business development team which partners with companies to advertise their products and services via ABC’s multiple marketing channels.

Spotlight on Southern Africa Private Equity: African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Spotlight on Southern Africa Private Equity (Report & Infographic): African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Between 2010 and 2016 H1, there were 277 reported private equity deals in Southern Africa totaling $3.5 billion.

Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana's presidential election

Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana's presidential election

President Mahama concedes defeat to former foreign minister Akufo-Addo, who was making his third bid for the top job.

Spotlight on East Africa Private Equity: African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Spotlight on East Africa Private Equity (Report & Infographic): African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Between 2010 and 2016 H1, there were 167 reported private equity deals in East Africa totaling $1.4 billion.

Is Donald Trump racist? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie certainly thinks so

Is Donald Trump racist? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie certainly thinks so (Video)

Renowned novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shuts down nonsensical argument being made by the American Spectator’s editor in chief American R Emmett Tyrrell.

Africa's largest pension fund PIC is looking to increase stake in Barclays Africa

Africa's largest pension fund PIC seeks central bank approval to increase Barclays Africa stake

Africa’s biggest pension fund, Public Investment Corporation, has sought approval from South Africa’s central bank to raise its stake in Barclays Africa.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now. Credit: qz.com/EPA/University of California

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo.

Mitsubishi UFJ Said to Weigh Adding Bank Offices in Africa Push

Mitsubishi UFJ Said to Weigh Adding Bank Offices in Africa Push

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is considering opening offices in Kenya and Morocco to boost its African business as Japanese companies seek natural resource and infrastructure-related opportunities on the continent.

Paul Kavuma, CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners

Catalyst Principal Partners acquires majority stake in Tanzanian pharma company for $125M

Catalyst Principal Partners, a leading East African focused private equity firm, has acquired a controlling stake in Zenufa Laboratories in Tanzania for $125 million.

GE Venture to Build World’s Largest LPG Power Plant in Ghana

GE Venture to Build World’s Largest LPG Power Plant in Ghana

General Electric Co., Endeavor Energy Resources LP and Sage Petroleum Ltd. won approval from Ghanaian lawmakers for the construction of the world’s largest liquefied petroleum gas fired power plant.

Kigali Heights, Kigali, Rwanda (Illustration)

Magnificent Kigali Heights to open in November

Kigali Heights, a new mega-commercial complex in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, has set November as the opening month for the $36 million property.

Nigeria's largest airline Arik plans $1B share offer & possible London Stock Exchange listing

Nigeria's largest airline Arik plans $1B share offer & possible London Stock Exchange listing

Nigeria‘s largest airline Arik Air plans to raise as much as $1bn through a private share placement next year and then a possible initial public offering (IPO) in Lagos and London, its managing director said.

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria, South Africa (Illustration)

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre to cement its place as Africa’s largest mall

Despite a slowdown in consumer spending across South Africa, Pretoria’s Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is undergoing a R2.5 billion revamp that will make it the largest mall in Africa, unseating Durban’s Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

South African billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer is one of the wealthiest men in the country with a net worth of $6.8B (Forbes, 2014).

South African Diamond Billionaire Oppenheimer Backs New Hedge Fund Startup

The family of South African diamond-mining billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer is backing a new hedge fund to be run by ex-Capricorn Capital Group Ltd. money managers Andrew Crawford and Stephen Carew.

BW Premier Collection, The Alba, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

Best Western continues Africa expansion with launch of first BW Premier Collection hotel on the continent

Best Western Hotels & Resorts adds another hotel to its East African portfolio. The newest addition is BW Premier Collection, The Alba, located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Coca-Cola to buy AB InBev's stake in African subsidiary Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

Coca-Cola to buy AB InBev's stake in African subsidiary Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

Coca-Cola Co said it would exercise its right to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev’s stake in Africa’s biggest Coke drinks bottler, after the brewer’s takeover of SABMiller.

93 Days: Movie honors Nigerian hero doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who helped stop spread of ebola

93 Days: Movie honors Nigerian hero doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who helped stop spread of ebola

As she lay on the hospital bed, weak and coughing, Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh wished her son a happy birthday over the phone. She asked him about his birthday presents and insisted his dad buy him a cake, after all, what’s a birthday without cake?

Africa's spending to exceed $5.6T by 2025: McKinsey

Africa's spending to exceed $5.6T by 2025: McKinsey

Africa’s household and business spending will top $5.6tn by 2025 and its manufacturing output could reach $93bn, according to a new McKinsey & Company report.

General Electric to invest $150 million in Nigeria

General Electric to invest $150 million in Nigeria

U.S. industrial firm General Electric plans to invest around $150 million in Nigeria by 2017, a senior executive said on Monday.

Amrod's In-House Branding

Carlyle Group to acquire Amrod, a South African Supplier of Promotional Products and Clothing

The Carlyle Group announced last week that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of Amrod, a fast-growing supplier of promotional products and clothing, serving distributors in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

Kenya Airways in talks with 3-4 parties on stake sale, says CEO Ngunze

Kenya Airways in talks with 3-4 parties on stake sale, says CEO Ngunze

Kenya Airways is talking to “about three or four” foreign institutional investors and airlines about buying a stake to raise cash for the carrier, its CEO said last month.

Uber expands food delivery business UberEats into South Africa

Uber expands food delivery business UberEats into South Africa

Uber Technologies started its UberEats food delivery service in South Africa last Thursday before it expands in the rest of the country and into the continent.

Kia Motors to assemble cars in Ethiopia

Kia Motors to assemble cars in Ethiopia

South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp signed a deal with an Ethiopian company last week to start assembling cars in Ethiopia and is thinking of similar operations elsewhere in Africa.

Wale Tinubu, CEO, Oando

Helios Investment Partners enters agreement to acquire 49% of Oando Gas & Power in $115.8 million deal

Oando has announced the execution of a definitive agreement with Helios Investment Partners to acquire 49% of the voting rights in Oando’s midstream business subsidiary, Oando Gas and Power Limited (OGP).

Shoppers walk past an Edgars store at a shopping center in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Bain in $1.5 billion South African Edcon debt for equity deal

Private equity firm Bain Capital has agreed a debt for equity swap deal valued at $1.5 billion for Edcon, the chief executive of the South African clothes retailer said last Tuesday.