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Andela Raises $40M To Connect Africa's Engineering Talent With Global Technology Companies

Andela Raises $40M To Connect Africa's Engineering Talent With Global Technology Companies

Andela, the company that builds high-performing engineering teams with Africa’s most talented software developers, announced on Tuesday that the company has secured $40M in Series C funding.

Ashish Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

Ashish Thakkar to leave the board of Atlas Mara, the African banking group he co-founded with Bob Diamond

Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond is to be left as the sole founder on the board of African financial services group Atlas Mara, as it was announced earlier this month that co-founder Ashish Thakkar would be leaving.

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

Hyatt to double its Africa presence and open six hotels by 2020

Hyatt Regency Johannesburg Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced on Tuesday that Hyatt expects to double the number of Hyatt hotels in Africa,…

Jim Ovia, Founder, Zenith Bank

What it took to build Nigeria's largest bank: Jim Ovia, Founder, Zenith Bank (Video)

Jim Ovia, the Founder of Zenith Bank, talks about literally building the roads to his banking empire.

Kigali, Rwanda

East Africa is a Rising Hub: Jad Abbas, Director, The Abraaj Group

Being local is key. Simply put, it helps us to identify great businesses, work in partnership with investee companies, and manage risks. That philosophy has always been core to the investment thesis across each of the markets we work in and Africa is no exception.

Tayo Oviosu, Founder & CEO, Paga

He's Banking the Unbanked in Nigeria and Beyond

“I knew that whatever I wanted to do had to pass the big idea test.” For Tayo Oviosu, 39, that big idea was Paga, now the largest distribution network for financial services in Nigeria, reaching more than 6 million people.

Fintech could do away with the need for ATMs. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

African fintech startups like Flutterwave and Paystack are raising record funds to drive financial inclusion (Infographic)

If you follow the right accounts for young African tech entrepreneurs on Twitter, it can feel like there’s a never ending debate about who gets funding or not in Africa.

Sim Tshabalala, CEO, Standard Bank Group

Africa's Biggest Bank Names Tshabalala as First Sole Black CEO

Standard Bank is now only South African lender with black CEO. Kruger will remain an executive director of the bank.

Akeem Lawal, Divisional CEO, Switching & Processing, Interswitch. Credit: SlimTrader

Interswitch Nigeria Sees Delayed IPO Concluded by End-2019

Interswitch Ltd., a Nigeria-based payments-processing company, expects to complete its delayed dual listing in London and Lagos before the end of 2019.

Capitec Bank

The Budget Bank Rattling South Africa's Financial Sector

A budget bank is booming in South Africa’s economic slump, challenging the decades-long dominance of the “big four” lenders and prompting a price war that is driving down banking costs in a country where many people can’t afford an account.

Jim Ovia, Founder, Zenith Bank. Credit: guardian.ng

Nigerian Banker Jim Ovia Gains $84 Million In One Year As Zenith Bank Shares Soar

Nigerian banker Jim Ovia has made at least $84.5 million in paper gains over the last one year as shares of Zenith Bank, a Nigerian-Stock Exchange-listed commercial bank in which he holds a minority stake, surged 59.32%.

Quick Guide for Those Who Can't Figure Out the Naira's Worth

Quick Guide for Those Who Can't Figure Out the Naira's Worth (Infographics)

Monetary policy officials unified some of their multiple exchange rates when they let currency dealers quote naira levels used in actual trades this month.

Nigerian Investor Sets Up $135 Million Commodities Exchange

Nigerian Investor Sets Up $135 Million Commodities Exchange

A Nigerian startup is developing a new agricultural commodities exchange in Africa’s most populous country to take advantage of the government’s efforts to boost farming output to reduce reliance on oil.

This South African bank's stock price has jumped 50,000% since 2002

This South African bank's stock price has jumped 50,000% since 2002 (Infographics)

Nothing, outside a financial-market collapse on the scale of the Great Recession, can faze Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd.

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.