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Marlon Chigwende (L), former Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa at Carlyle; Kayode Akinola (R), Director, Africa at KKR. Credit: LinkedIn

Former Africa heads at Carlyle and KKR to set up private equity firm Arkana Partners

Kayode Akinola quits KKR to start firm with Marlon Chigwende. New firm to target investments of less than $100 million in equity.

Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment and incoming Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Nigeria's Amina Mohammed has been appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General

Since taking office in May 2015, Nigeria’s president Buhari has come under criticism not just for his handling economy but also for a seemingly under-performing cabinet.

Food for thought: Cover of ‘Longthroat Memoirs’ by Yemisi Aribisala © Cassava Republic

Publisher's expansion brings Nigerian writers to world stage

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned in 2009 about the danger of hearing a “single story” about a person, country or continent.

Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Facebook Africa. Credit: Memeburn

Facebook is boosting its advertising teams in Africa

Facebook is building a team of young executives to win digital advertising dollars from small and medium sized businesses across Africa’s major markets.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder, Andela. Credit: thescoopng.com

Andela Co-Founder Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is leaving to start payments company Flutterwave

Just eight weeks after raising $24 million in a funding round led by Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation, Andela, one of Nigeria’s best-known startups, is saying goodbye to its co-founder Iyinoluwa ‘E’ Aboyeji.

MTN's latest turnaround strategy involves poaching top executives from its arch rival

MTN's latest turnaround strategy involves poaching top executives from its arch rival

Africa’s largest telecom is appointing a new CEO, and shaking up its board and top executives.

Rob Shuter, incoming CEO, MTN Group

South Africa's MTN names Vodafone Europe Head Rob Shuter as CEO

South African mobile phone operator MTN Group named the head of Vodafone Europe as its new CEO on Monday, bringing in an outsider with a risk-management background 10 days after it agreed to pay a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria.

Nico Bezuidenhout, incoming CEO, FastJet

FastJet names Mango Airlines CEO Bezuidenhout as CEO

FastJet has hired Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of Mango Airlines, South African Airways’ low cost unit, as CEO to help revive the U.K. discount airline following a plunge in its share price and an escalating spat with a top investor.

Philip Akesson, Country Manager, Travelstart Nigeria

Travelstart appoints Philip Akesson as Nigeria Country Manager

Travelstart has just announced the hiring of Philip Akesson as Nigeria Country Manager, effective June 1st, 2016. Akesson will be based in Travelstart Nigeria’s office in Ikeja, Lagos.

Fatma Samoura, newly-appointed FIFA Secretary General

Fact of the Day: FIFA's new Secretary General is the first African and first woman to hold the job

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, appointed Senegal’s Fatma Samoura as its new secretary general.

Nhlanhla Nene, South Africa's former Minister of Finance

South Africa's former Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene appointed as Advisor at Thebe Investment

Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has been appointed as an advisor at Thebe Investment Corporation to help roll-out the firm’s growth plan, his second private sector job in a week.

Abdul-Nashiru Issahuku, newly-appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana. Credit: theafricareport.com

Abdul-Nashiru Issahuku appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana

Abdul-Nashiru Issahuku has been appointed the next Governor of Ghana’s central bank, the Bank of Ghana (BoG).

Kennedy Uzoka, incoming Managing Director of UBA Group

Nigeria's UBA Group appoints Kennedy Uzoka as Managing Director, Victor Osadolor as Deputy MD

Lagos-based UBA Group has appointed Kennedy Uzoka as Group Managing Director, with effect August 1st, 2016 and contingent on the approval of Nigeria’s Central Bank.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange CEO Oscar Onyema appointed to second five-year term

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has approved the appointment of Oscar Onyema to a second five-year term as Chief Executive Officer of the Exchange effective immediately.

Sim Shagaya, Chairman & former CEO, Konga

Konga Founder Sim Shagaya steps down as CEO

Nigerian tech entrepreneur Sim Shagaya has announced he is stepping down as the CEO of Konga. Konga is one of Africa’s leading ecommerce companies.

Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria

Jumia Nigeria appoints Juliet Anammah as CEO

E-commerce giant Jumia has appointed Juliet Anammah as the CEO of Jumia Nigeria.

Gary Steinberg, former ‎Chief, Investment Unit at the International Monetary Fund. Credit: telegraph.co.uk

Former IMF investment head joins Nigeria's CBO to launch Africa-focused fund

Gary Steinberg will help CBO launch its first fund to support small West African businesses.

Ibrahim Lamorde, former Chairman of Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Nigeria's President Buhari fires anti-corruption chief Ibrahim Lamorde

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the head of the country’s anti-corruption agency.

Sifiso Dabengwa, former CEO, MTN Group

South Africa's MTN suffers first high profile casualty over Nigeria fine

Mobile operator, MTN’s chief executive officer, Sifiso Dabengwa has resigned as a the fallout over a Nigerian fine of $5.2 billion continues to haunt Africa’s largest mobile operator.

Kushal Dutta, Managing Director, Jovago Nigeria. Image credit: footprint2africa.com

Kushal Dutta appointed Managing Director of Jovago Nigeria

Jovago, Africa’s largest hotel booking portal, has appointed Kushal Dutta as the Managing Director of Jovago Nigeria.

Yemi Lalude, Managing Partner, TPG Africa

Private equity firm TPG Growth appoints Harvard-trained Yemi Lalude as Managing Partner of TPG Africa

TPG Growth, the global middle market and growth equity platform of private equity firm TPG Capital, has announced the appointment of Yemi Lalude as Managing Partner of TPG Africa.

MTN appoints Charles Molapisi as CEO for Zambia

MTN appoints Charles Molapisi as CEO for Zambia

MTN Group has appointed Charles Molapisi as the CEO of MTN Zambia.

Brian Molefe, CEO, Eskom

Brian Molefe made permanent CEO of South Africa's power utility Eskom

South Africa’s cabinet has appointed Brian Molefe as chief executive of power utility Eskom on a permanent basis, the public enterprises minister said on Friday.

Peter Matlare, CEO, Tiger Brands

Tiger Brands CEO Peter Matlare to step down at year-end

Tiger Brands Ltd. said Chief Executive Officer Peter Matlare will leave South Africa’s largest food producer at the end of the year.

Omobola Johnson, Nigeria's former Minister of Communication Technology and incoming Partner at venture capital firm TLcom Capital

Nigeria's former tech minister Omobola Johnson is now a venture capitalist

London-based venture capital firm, TLcom, has appointed Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s former minister of communications and technology, as lead partner as it kicks off its West African operations.

Hennie Heymans, incoming Managing Director, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express appoints Hennie Heymans as Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Hennie Heymans, currently Managing Director of DHL Express South Africa, has been appointed as Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, joins Lazard as Senior Advisor

Nigeria's former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joins US investment bank Lazard as Senior Advisor

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria‘s former Minister of Finance, has announced that she will be joining US-based investment bank Lazard as a Senior Advisor, as part of the firm’s sovereign advisory group.

First Bank of Nigeria's head office, Lagos, Nigeria

Ibukun Awosika appointed Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria. Urum Kalu "UK" Eke appointed Group MD of parent company FBN Holdings

FBN Holdings Plc recently announced major changes to its leadership team, effective January 1 2016.

Akinwumi Adesina assumes office as 8th President of the African Development Bank Group

Adesina assumes office as 8th President of the African Development Bank Group

Former Nigerian Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina formally assumed office as the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Cynthia Gordon, incoming CEO of Millicom Africa

Millicom appoints Cynthia Gordon as CEO of Africa division

Millicom announced the appointment of Cynthia Gordon as Executive Vice President and CEO of its Africa Division.

Nigeria state oil group NNPC taps private sector for top ranks

Nigeria state oil group NNPC taps private sector for top ranks

The new head of Nigeria’s state oil company has tapped the private sector as part of an overhaul of senior ranks intended to clean up the entity at the heart of the country’s economy.

Mustafa Chike-Obi, CEO, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)

Nigeria’s president replaces "bad bank" AMCON CEO Mustafa Chike-Obi with Ahmed Lawan Kuru

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced the CEO of the government-owned “bad bank” set up to resolve a financial crisis five years ago. This is Buhari’s second change of leadership of a key state company in a month.

James Mworia, CEO, Centum Investment Group

How Centum's 37-year-old James Mworia rose from intern to CEO in just seven years

When James Mworia joined Nairobi-based investment company Centum in 2001 as a 23-year-old intern, his ambition was to “become CEO someday”.

Oluwatomi Ayodele Somefun, Managing Director, Unity Bank

Ayodele Somefun appointed Managing Director of Nigeria's Unity Bank

Nigeria’s Unity Bank has appointed Mrs. Oluwatomi Ayodele Somefun as the bank’s Managing Director, effective August 11th, 2015.

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, incoming Group Managing Director of NNPC

Nigeria appoints former ExxonMobil Vice Chairman Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as Group Managing Director of state oil firm NNPC

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of the state oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

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

Former Director General of Nigeria's SEC Arunma Oteh appointed World Bank Vice President and Treasurer

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim today announced the appointment of Arunma Oteh as Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank.

JPMorgan hires HSBC trader Lebogang Moropa to start up South Africa prime brokerage business

JPMorgan hires HSBC trader Lebogang Moropa to start up South Africa prime brokerage business

JPMorgan Chase & Co. rehired a trader from HSBC Holdings Plc as the biggest U.S. bank sets up prime brokerage operations in South Africa for the first time.

Kash Pandya, CEO, Helios Towers Africa (HTA). Credit: techcabal.com

Helios Towers Africa names Kash Pandya as new CEO

Mobile towers company’s founder and chief executive moves upstairs as newcomer arrives. Helios Towers Africa (HTA) on Wednesday named Kash Pandya as its new chief executive.

Transnet CFO Anoj Singh: Singh has been seconded to Eskom for six months

Transnet CFO Anoj Singh joins CEO at Eskom to tackle South Africa power gap

South Africa’s power utility recruited a second top executive from the country’s state-owned rail operator as Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. struggles to plug a deficit in electricity supply.

Sunday Oliseh, Coach of Nigeria's national football team, the Super Eagles

Nigeria appoints former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh as new coach

Nigeria have appointed former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh as their new coach.

Mteto Nyati, CEO, MTN South Africa

MTN appoints Mteto Nyati to be CEO of South African business

MTN Group Ltd. appointed Mteto Nyati to lead its South African business, promoting the former Microsoft Corp. executive to run the wireless carrier’s second-biggest unit.

US private equity firm KKR made its maiden investment in Africa in 2014, spending $200M on a stake in an Ethiopian flower farm.

Private equity giant KKR hires ex-Bolloré Group executive Dominique Lafont to head push into Africa

KKR appointed the former chief executive of Africa’s biggest ports and logistics network as a senior adviser, in a sign the private equity house is looking to invest in the region’s infrastructure.