News & Features from Staff Writer 4


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The rise of Africa's megacities

Over the last 35 years, the share of Africa’s population living in urban areas climbed from 27% to 40%.

Dangote Industries cement plant in Dakar, Senegal

Gulf investments in Africa beginning to spread far and wide

Traditionally, investments from the Arabian Gulf into Africa have focused on North Africa, owing partly to closer cultural ties and the Gulf’s focus on western markets. This scenario is slowly changing and so too are the pan-African investment strategies of Gulf investors.

Setting the record straight. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/James Akena

Africans on social media push a missionary group to take down offensive music video about life in Uganda

A music video released this month by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group working in Uganda, features five white women in traditional Ugandan dresses dancing with plastic jerry cans, knocking back deworming tablets, and eating sukuma wiki, or kale, with their hands.

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime. Credit: punchng.com

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime (Photos)

The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City.

Yemi Alade

The boom in Africa's music industry continues

Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in the continent’s thriving music industry.

Novare Lekki Mall (Illustration)

Nigerian property crash attracts brave investors betting for the long-term

A property market crash in Nigeria offers opportunities for brave investors betting that Africa’s most populous nation will deliver high returns when it climbs out of recession.

Dunkin' Donuts Arrives in South Africa to Challenge Krispy Kreme

Dunkin' Donuts Arrives in South Africa to Challenge Krispy Kreme

South Africans wanting hot glazed doughnuts with a gulp of coffee can now choose between two U.S. brands — Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme.

Ethiopia and Djibouti have launched the first fully electrified cross-border railway line in Africa.

Ethiopia and Djibouti have launched the first fully electrified cross-border railway line in Africa

Ethiopia and Djibouti have launched the first fully electrified cross-border railway line in Africa.

Africa is still one of the world's most attractive markets for private equity: Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Africa is still one of the world's most attractive markets for private equity: Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Africa remains one of the world’s growth opportunities for private equity investors, even though the market has already surged dramatically over the past decade and several economies face serious challenges.

Green White Green (Movie)

Nollywood: Nigeria stands out at the Toronto International Film Festival

Nigerian filmmakers, producers and actors are hoping a spotlight on Lagos at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will open Nollywood up to the world.

James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank (L); James Mworia, CEO, Centum Investment Group; Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Centum's James Mworia beats Mwangi, Collymore as Kenya's best paid CEO

James Mworia, Centum Investment Group’s Chief Executive, is corporate Kenya’s best paid CEO with an annual compensation of Sh201.1 million (Approximately $2 million).

An Instagram post showed girls protesting against hair rules at the Pretoria school.

Were South African school hair rules racist? Maybe not.

As I followed the recent protests at a South African girls’ school where students insisted on being allowed to wear afro hairdos to school, I recalled my own days as a student in what used to be one of Nigeria’s most prestigious boarding schools for girls.

Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered Looks Beyond Oil Industry for Angola Growth

Standard Chartered Plc will look beyond Angola’s oil and gas industry to pursue growth. The bank remains committed to Angola even as the country has had to deal with the plunge in crude prices.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast: Tech Hub on the Rise

Following years of political turmoil, Côte d’Ivoire is growing quickly and attracting investment. Now, the government is trying to position the country as west Africa’s technology and start-up hub.