Finance

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.

African private equity exits hit record high in 2016

African private equity exits hit record high in 2016 (Report): EY & AVCA

The number of exits achieved by PE firms in Africa is trending upwards, evidenced by a record number of exits in 2016.

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Africa’s startup boom is moving into the used-vehicle space. Nigeria based Cars45.com raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group, a holding company whose backers include Balderton Capital, EchoVC, TPG Growth, and NEA.

Carole Wamuyu Wainaina, incoming COO, Africa50 Infrastructure Fund

Carole Wamuyu Wainaina is Named Chief Operating Officer for Africa50

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform capitalized by the African Development Bank, 23 African countries, and two African Central Banks, has appointed Carole Wamuyu Wainaina as Chief Operating Officer.

World Bank launches program, XL Africa, to support Africa’s top tech entrepreneurs. Credit: infodev.org

World Bank launches program, XL Africa, to support Africa's top tech entrepreneurs

With support from prominent African investment groups, XL Africa will help 20 selected startups attract early stage capital of between $250,000 and $1.5 million.

Mthuli Ncube, Head of Quantum Global Research Lab

Here are the top & bottom 10 investment destinations in Africa, according to Quantum Global (Infographic)

Botswana is the most attractive economy for investments flowing into the African continent, according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab.

Shoprite

Africa growth to rebound in 2017: Africa Capital Group (Infographic)

After the U.S. election in November, many Africa investors became concerned that a move toward a more isolationist trade policy in the U.S. would hinder business, trade and capital flows to and from Africa.

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.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

The Case for Bargain Hunting in South Africa

Charles Roth, of Thornburg Investment Management, has made the case that markets have over-reacted to the recent political shake-up in South Africa, driving asset prices below their underlying value.

Mezze on the deck - Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham. Credit: starwoodhotels.com

Marriott International Opens First Property in Kenya

Marriott International, Inc. on Monday announced its first property in Kenya with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham.

Two Rivers Development, Nairobi, Kenya

Listed Real Estate in Eastern Africa and Beyond: What Next?

East African property markets have demonstrated desirable levels of resilience over the past few years.

Paul Kavuma, CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners

Catalyst Principal Partners completes first close of second fund with over $100 million in commitments

Catalyst Principal Partners has completed a first close of its successor private equity fund, Catalyst Fund II LP (“Fund II”) at $103 million.

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.

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes in recent years. Credit: Rogan Ward/Reuters/Al Jazeera

S&P downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded South Africa’s rating to junk status.

Pravi Gordhan, South Africa's former Finance Minister

South Africa's President Zuma sacks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in major cabinet reshuffle

Major cabinet reshuffle comes as calls for South African president to quit grow.

Lidya

Leading Nigerian fintech startup Lidya closes $1.25M seed funding round

Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, announced in late March that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.

South Africa’s former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Centre) arrives at the parliament to deliver the annual budget speech in Cape Town, South Africa in February. The minister was replaced by President Jacob Zuma on March 31, 2017, as part of a cabinet shuffle that changed 10 of the country’s 35 ministers. Credit: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/The National

South Africa's President changes 10 of the country's 35 ministers in cabinet shuffle

South African president Jacob Zuma faced a widening public backlash from senior members of the ruling African National Congress including his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede,Nigeria, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Council

The Nigerian Stock Exchange gets green light for public listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has been given a green light by its members to become a publicly listed company, it said on Thursday.

Lamin Manjang, Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA)

Kenya sets sights on green bonds after mobile phone issue

Kenya aims to issue its first ‘green’ bond this year, the initiative’s backers said on Friday, bolstering the nation’s reputation for financial innovation after the government launched the world’s first mobile phone bond earlier this month.

Waitresses place a series of orders at the Orbit Place Java House, a chain of Kenyan cafes

East African assets attract private equity interest

Family businesses seek sales amid growth in buyout groups in the region

Peter Baird, Managing Principal, African Private Equity, Investec Asset Management

Investec Hires Baird To Lead Africa Private Equity Efforts

International asset manager Investec Asset Management has named Peter Baird as managing principal for its Africa-oriented private equity funds.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Economist explains: The demand for Nigerian debt

Nigeria’s economy shrank by 1.5% in 2016, its first annual contraction in 25 years.

A woman walks past the London Stock Exchange building in the City of London, Britain, January 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

South Africa's Brait suspends LSE listing plan on Brexit uncertainty

South Africa’s Brait SE has suspended plans to list on the London Stock Exchange.

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities.

Ecobank Mobile

Ecobank targets 700% customer growth from mobile banking

Ecobank expects its new digital banking platform to help to boost its customer base across the continent to 100 million from 13 million by 2020.

Top 3 Mortgage Growth Markets in 2017 - Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria

Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria are the top 3 mortgage growth markets in 2017: Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has identified the top three markets globally in 2017 by fastest growth in mortgaged households.

WSJ Africa Bureau Chief Joe Parkinson (Left), Kenya's Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge (Center) and Nigeria's Sovereign Wealth Fund's CEO Uche Orji (Right)

Kenya and Nigeria Officials Have Different Economic Outlooks (Videos)

Kenya’s Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge and Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund’s CEO Uche Orji discuss their nations’ growth prospects.

Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

Harvard Business School Interview: In My Humble Opinion by Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

World Bank VP and Treasurer Arunma Oteh (Harvard MBA, 1990) has a clear sense of why she likes her job.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. Credit: WSJ

The five keys to a more prosperous Africa: Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, lays out his vision for economic growth and a better life for Africans.

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split company. Credit: qz.com

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split Safaricom

Kenya’s telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it had no plans to break up any company in the sector.

Ebenezer Asante, CEO, MTN Ghana. Credit: marcopolis.net

MTN Ghana prepares for IPO in 2017

MTN Ghana aims to complete preparations to list its shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in 2017.

Albert Alsina, Mediterrania's CEO and Managing Partner. Credit: peafricaevents.com

PE house Mediterrania reveals €250m target for third Africa fund

Spain-based buyout house Mediterrania Capital Partners plans to raise up to €250m capital for its third Africa vehicle.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange to seek approval for public listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange plans to seek approval from its members on March 30 to proceed with the process of becoming a publicly listed company.

Private equity in Africa steps up a gear in 2016

Private equity in Africa steps up a gear in 2016: African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Private equity investment in Africa continues to go from strength to strength, evidenced by a new report from the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Vodafone slams proposed split of Kenya's M-PESA as 'ridiculous'

Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented.