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Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange working with MTN on 2017 listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is working with South African cell operator MTN on a listing of its shares in the country this year, the head of the bourse said on Thursday.

More Nigerians are embracing electronic payments

More Nigerians are embracing electronic payments (Infographics)

Five years after Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) launched its Cash-less Nigeria project to reduce the amount of physical cash circulating in the economy, it is finally catching on.

Arnold Parker, Managing Director, AFB Ghana

Letshego acquires AFB Ghana in second West African acquisition

African finance group Letshego Holdings has acquired a 100% shareholding in AFB Ghana Plc. AFB is a licensed non-bank financial institution and offers innovative credit products to over 60,000 customers across its network of more than 25 branch and customer access points.

Edwin Dande, Managing Partner & CEO, Cytonn Investments. Credit: capitalfm.co.ke

Kenya set to remain a hotspot for private equity investments in East Africa

According to Cytonn Investments, Kenya will remain a hotspot for private equity (PE) with global deal makers expected to continue to be attracted by the country’s improved business environment.

First Bank of Nigeria ATMs

How Nigeria's banks are innovating

Nigeria’s relatively significant exposure to the oil and gas sector increased pressures on balance sheets and operations.

Africa’s rising middle class – and why it matters. Credit: newafricanmagazine.com

Africa's rising middle class - and why it matters

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), as far back as 2011 there were already 313 million people – or 34 per cent of the continent’s total population – that could be referred to as middle class.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Safaricom's M-PESA has Kenya's government worried what happens in the event of a crash (Infographic)

At the time of M-Pesa’s launch in 2007, few could have conceived the mobile money service would be as ubiquitous and deeply entrenched in the lives of millions of Kenyans as it is today.

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

It has long been known that e-health has tremendous potential to make the delivery of healthcare in Africa more efficient. It is now becoming clear that this will be in the diagnostics space.

Bola Onadele, CEO, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

Meet the Boss: Bola Onadele, CEO, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

The Financial Markets Dealers Quotations (FMDQ) OTC Securities Exchange is a Nigerian marketplace that trades debt securities and currency, specifically dollar against naira.

Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Dress Me Outlet. Credit: konnectafrica.net

From Wall Street to e-commerce in Nigeria

“To scale through the start-up phase is very difficult. It requires a lot of tenacity and, like I always say, it requires experience.” So says Nigerian Olatorera Oniru.

Africa's banker of tomorrow

Armed with fintech and fueled by data: Africa's banker of tomorrow

Markets in Shanghai closed up today on news that the Chinese bullet train manufacturer Fujian Corp won the contract to connect Casablanca to Abidjan.

Kenyan banks want a bigger share of the mobile money action. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenyan banks are closing in on what they think will be the perfect M-PESA disruptor (Infographic)

Early next year, Kenyan banks are expected to unveil a digital and mobile money transfer platform to rival M-Pesa’s longstanding dominance as the scramble for cashless payments intensifies.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Nigerian Banks in Distress? Not Exactly

Nigeria’s economy has spent much of 2016 in recession for the first time in over two decades. Unsurprisingly there has been speculation about the strength of its banking system.

Ghana’s President-Elect, Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana's new president: Jobs, jobs, jobs

Nana Akufo-Addo, the 72-year-old leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was elected Ghana’s president on December 9 by a margin of 1 million votes.

The case for South African hedge funds

The case for South African hedge funds: Jaclyn Petrone, Director of International Business Development, Laurium Capital

Over the years as international investors have searched for yield and found themselves looking towards Africa, many have invested with a long-term mindset focused on private and public equity strategies.

Felichesmi Mramba, Managing Director, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO)

Tanzania plans Ethiopia energy imports as 12-nation regional power pool emerges

Tanzania expects to begin importing electricity from Ethiopia in 2019 when the eastern African nations complete interconnection grids currently to form a regional power pool.

Zoya Sisulu, ‎Head of Debt Primary Markets, South Africa, Standard Bank. Credit: Business Day (South Africa)

African debt capital markets resilient in face of growth challenges

Debt capital markets across Africa’s sub-regions have remained robust despite the macroeconomic and political challenges presented.

Across Africa, 3 in 4 countries improve business environment

Across Africa, 3 in 4 countries improve business environment (Infographic)

Almost three-quarters of African countries saw an improvement in their business environments in 2016, according to the Doing Business 2017 report published in October by the World Bank.

MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria begins IPO discussions

MTN has commenced talks with the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding an initial public offering in 2017.

Chauffeur driven: Uber in Lagos. Credit: FT

Uber gears up to ease stressful commutes in Nigeria

Car-hailing app Uber has frequently attracted controversy — whether over workers’ rights, management practices and its attitude to regulation.

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Three years ago, MallforAfrica joined the raft of Nigerian tech start-ups attracting private equity and venture capital backing.

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group announced last week that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of CMC Networks.

Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: investinginafrica.net/Ninara

Kenya's top three dividend stocks

Dividend stocks can provide a great foundation for an investment portfolio.

Tunde Kehinde, Co-Founder, Africa Courier Express (ACE)

Africa Courier Express (ACE): The app that's beating the traffic in Lagos (Photos)

On the streets of Lagos, motorcycles, cars and daredevil cyclists weave through the lanes, jostling for space to avoid getting stuck in the chaotic traffic jams.

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.

Bryan Leith, COO, KPMG Africa

Africa's Economic Prospects: Bryan Leith, ‎COO, KPMG Africa

While on a road show for US clients, Bryan Leith, chief operating officer of KPMG’s global Africa practice, sat down with Global Finance to discuss the continent’s economic prospects.

East African Community a bright spot amidst emerging markets gloom

East African Community a bright spot amidst emerging markets gloom

While many countries are registering a sharp slippage in economic growth, East African economies, Ethiopia included, are expected to deliver above 6 percent economic growth, the World Bank has said in its latest report.

There's still room for growth. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

The "Africa Rising" story isn't over yet, despite China's slowdown and flagging growth in Nigeria and South Africa

The idea that African economies are on the way up first became popular around 2010, buoyed by a commodities boom and improved governance across the continent. Now, with flat commodity prices and slowing demand from China, the narrative of “Africa Rising” has mostly fallen out of fashion.

Bob van Dijk, CEO, Naspers

Africa's most valuable company Naspers worth less than what it owns (Infographics)

Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested $34 million in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88 billion.

Africa's largest pension fund PIC is looking to increase stake in Barclays Africa

Africa's largest pension fund PIC seeks central bank approval to increase Barclays Africa stake

Africa’s biggest pension fund, Public Investment Corporation, has sought approval from South Africa’s central bank to raise its stake in Barclays Africa.

Mitsubishi UFJ Said to Weigh Adding Bank Offices in Africa Push

Mitsubishi UFJ Said to Weigh Adding Bank Offices in Africa Push

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is considering opening offices in Kenya and Morocco to boost its African business as Japanese companies seek natural resource and infrastructure-related opportunities on the continent.

Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, Uber Lagos. Credit: marcopolis.net

Uber Partners First Bank to Offer Loans to Nigerian Drivers

Uber Technologies Inc. is partnering with FBN Holdings Plc’s First Bank Nigeria to provide loans to drivers.

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.

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.

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.

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa Inc., the world’s largest payments network, introduced a mobile-phone application to enable cashless transactions in Kenya, where the majority of wireless payments are being done through the nation’s biggest telecommunications company, Safaricom Ltd.

How to begin investing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange

How to begin investing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange

Kenya boasts a diverse economy, improving infrastructure, and a young, dynamic population. However, Kenyan stocks are trading at multi-year lows, offering investors a great entry point for exceptional long-term returns.

Diane Radley, Old Mutual Investment Group

Why Old Mutual is investing millions in Nigeria's property and agriculture markets

This month, South African financial services firm Old Mutual Investment Group announced a partnership with Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund for the investment of US$700m in real estate and agriculture.

Deepak Malik, Africa Regional Director, Norfund

Norway-Backed Fund on Hiring Spree in Africa Finance Venture

A new development-finance venture that will control banking and other assets worth more than $660 million across sub-Saharan Africa plans to hire as many as 20 people including analysts to manage its investments and help it spend another $300 million on acquisitions.

South Africa Leapfrogs Nigeria: Back to No. 1 spot in Africa on currency fluctuations. Credit: Bloomberg/IMF

South Africa's economy regains rank as Africa's biggest on rand appreciation (Infographic)

South Africa’s economy regained the position of Africa’s largest in dollar terms more than two years after losing it to Nigeria as the value of the nations’ currencies moved in opposite directions.

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.

What Africa's banking sector needs to do to survive

What Africa's banking sector needs to do to survive: Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology

Across Africa, banking is being redesigned. Technology has emerged as a competitive weapon in driving operational excellence and superior service quality.