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Africa property offers rich pickings for the brave

Africa property offers rich pickings for the brave

Some property pundits believe there are major opportunities for investors or companies on the continent.

A.P. Moller raises $550 million for Africa infrastructure fund, targets $1 billion in 12 months. Credit: Instagram/imagesbyomidire/estate intel

A.P. Moller raises $550 million for Africa infrastructure fund, targets $1 billion in 12 months

A.P. Moller Holding, a privately-held investments company with approximately $20bn under management, has launched an Africa-focused infrastructure fund.

Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, First Bank

Nigeria banks trying to stabilize 9mobile ahead of sale, FBN says

Nigerian lenders will try to stabilise the business of 9mobile, the country’s fourth largest telecoms group, until they can find new investors.

Standard Bank Starts Prime Brokerage on South Africa Hedge Funds Growth Bet

Standard Bank Starts Prime Brokerage on South Africa Hedge Funds Growth Bet

Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa’s largest lender by assets, plans to start a prime brokerage next month to benefit from regulatory changes in South Africa it expects will boost the hedge-fund industry.

Nigeria Moves Closer to Single Naira Rate

Nigeria Moves Closer to Single Naira Rate (Infographic)

Nigeria took a step to unify its multiple exchange rates by allowing banks to use a currency window for investors when quoting the naira rather than the official rate.

Flutterwave raises over $10 million in series A financing

Flutterwave, an online payments company founded by Nigerian 26-year old, raises over $10 million in series A financing (Infographic)

Flutterwave, which provides modern payments infrastructure for banks and businesses to make and accept payments across Africa, announced on Monday that it has raised over $10 million in a Series A round of funding.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the 26-year old Founder of Flutterwave and Andela

26-year-old founder wants to transform online payments in Africa

Aboyeji is the Co-Founder of Flutterwave, a payments API that makes it easier for banks and businesses to process payments across Africa.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Nigerian WiFi service provider Tizeti raises $2.1M in seed funding

Nigeria-based Tizeti, a WiFi service provider, has secured $2.1 million in seed funding. The investors included Western Technology Investment, Social Capital, Vy Capital, Picus Capital, Ace & Company, Lynett Capital Partners and Zeno Ventures.

Dominic Mensah, Prince Boakye Boampong, and Jesse Arhin Ghansah, the Founders of OMG Digital

Ghanaian new media company, OMG Digital, raises $1.1M in seed funding

Ghanaian tech startup, OMG Digital, has raised seed funding of $1.1 million from international investors.

Nigeria has raised $300 million from its first ever diaspora bond

Nigeria has raised $300 million from its first ever diaspora bond

Nigeria’s diaspora population sent home $21 billion in remittances in 2015 and the government wants in on some of that cash.

Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner, TLcom and Nigeria's former Minister of Communication Technology. Credit: ITU

VC firm TLcom rakes in $40 million for new Africa fund

London and Nairobi-based venture firm TLcom Capital has raised $40 million for its new Africa fund. The target is $100 million. TIDE Africa Fund will focus on tech startups in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Keli Gadzekpo, CEO, Enterprise Group Limited (Center, standing). On March 13th, 2017, Enterprise Group opened an ultra-modern service center in Kumasi.

LeapFrog announces $180 million investment in Ghana's Enterprise Group

LeapFrog Investments, the profit-with-purpose investor in emerging markets, announced on Friday a total investment of USD 180m in Ghanaian financial services market leader, Enterprise Group Limited (EGL).

Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Investors cheer Nigeria currency shift, want more

Nigeria’s recent tentative steps to free up its naira currency, particularly via a new trading window, have gone down well with some adventurous stock and bond investors who are cautiously returning to the markets they fled two years ago.

Nairobi, Kenya. The East African country is attracting private equity interest. Credit: Alamy/Financial Times

Private equity looks to East Africa for investment opportunities

Buyout groups investing in Africa are turning east and shunning the oil-rich western part of the continent as they grapple with the effect of low commodity prices on private equity’s final frontier.

Bob Diamond, Chairman of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays

Bob Diamond sells $200M Atlas Mara stake to boost holding in Union Bank of Nigeria

Atlas Mara raising $200 million to increase Union Bank stake. Fairfax Africa partners with firm by purchasing shares and bond.

EFG Hermes eyes acquisition in Nigeria, Kenya brokerage licence

EFG Hermes eyes acquisition in Nigeria, Kenya brokerage license

Egypt’s EFG Hermes wants to enter Nigeria through an acquisition and expects to get regulatory approval to start a brokerage business in Kenya this year as part of a big push into frontier markets, a senior executive told Reuters last week.

Examining the State of Hotel Development in Africa

Examining the State of Hotel Development in Africa

A total of 365 hotel chain development pipelines were reported in Africa in 2016, with 64,231 rooms.

M-Pesa

M-Pesa, Safaricom, Kenya regulators and Vodacom could be about to open up mobile money in Africa

M-Pesa, the mobile money system that is the pride and anchor of Kenya’s homegrown technology community, has had plenty of hype and excitement since its 2007 launch.

Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

Barclays to surrender control of Africa unit with £1.6bn sale

Barclays has been given regulatory approval for the sale of its remaining stake in its Barclays Africa Group, according to a unit of the business.

Novare Lekki Mall (Illustration)

African Property Delivers for Private Equity Investors: Derrick Roper, CEO, Novare Equity Partners

In Sub-Saharan Africa, private equity funds offer investors access to competitively priced assets that have strong growth potential in a region where stock exchanges are still developing.

Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners, Google and the IFC commit $100 million to pan-African wholesale broadband provider CSquared

Convergence Partners recently signed an agreement with Google, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) to invest in CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

XSML Capital announces final close of African Rivers Fund at $50 million

XSML Capital announces final close of African Rivers Fund at $50 million

XSML Capital, the fund manager active in Central & East Africa, last week announced its final close of the African Rivers Fund at $50 million.

Igho Sanomi, Founder & Chairman, Taleveras Group

How 42-year old Nigerian oilman Igho Sanomi built a commodities trading giant

Igho Sanomi, 41, is the founder of Taleveras, a $2 billion (revenues) international commodities trading company active over a wide spectrum of global energy markets including crude oil and refined petroleum products, natural gas and power.

Nairobi, Kenya

Private equity set to boom in Africa, says Baker McKenzie & the Economist Corporate Network

Africa looks set for a bright future on the private equity front with activity on the rise, according to a new report which predicts that around a billion dollars could be invested in the next five years.

afaricom hopes to spread across Africa. Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis

Safaricom is planning to expand M-Pesa mobile money across Africa

Safaricom is planning to take its successful mobile money service M-Pesa across Africa after building a dominant home base in Kenya and presence in its East African neighbors.

Lake Victoria

Britain's Equinox to invest $250 million in Kenya biogas power project

Britain’s Equinox Energy Capital is close to concluding a $250 million (£194 million) fundraising round to invest in a project in western Kenya to produce electricity from invasive lake weed water hyacinth.

Gerald Gondo, Business Development Executive, RisCura Africa. Credit: afsic.net

African fixed income investments coming into their own: Gerald Gondo, Business Development Executive, RisCura Africa

Given the continued global search for yield and growth in an increasingly low-yield world, debt markets in Africa should and will attract increasing attention from institutional investors.

Rate cuts & healthy FX reserves pave way for next bull run in Africa's markets

Rate cuts & healthy FX reserves pave way for next bull run in Africa's markets: Ryan Hoover, Portfolio Manager, Africa Capital Group

The sorry state of South African governance may be dominating headlines, but a closer inspection of Africa’s financial news reveals a heartening trend in the continent’s frontier economies.

Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Finance, South Africa

'No chance in hell' opposition will remove Zuma, Finance Minister says (Video)

South Africa finance minister says only ANC can decide on Zuma. Opposition parties have called for no-confidence motion.

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.