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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.

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app (Infographic)

As WhatsApp launches its web app for iOS – porting the 900 million-strong messaging service to allow iPhone users to send and receive messages through a browser – the top country it’s used in (South Africa) offers a timely reminder of just how good a messaging service it is.

Doug Smart, General Manager, KFC Africa

How to succeed in selling to consumers in South Africa

Doug Smart, KFC’s general manager in Africa, is mulling the challenges his company faces in appealing to a cross-section of South Africans one morning at a restaurant in Johannesburg.

Twins Kessie and Eku Edewor

The Nigerians have arrived ... and London is paying attention

Richard Vedelago is 29 years old and worth more millions than he’s prepared to tell. ‘Money talks, but wealth whispers,’ he says with a smile, sitting back in the bar at Claridge’s – his idea – and lazily sipping an elderflower juice.

Arik Air

Nigeria's Arik Air now accepting international mobile payments powered by SlimTrader

Arik Air has activated international payments on its mobile platform. Customers from anywhere in the world can now access Arik Air’s mobile site, search for tickets, select flights, and pay using credit and debit cards from Visa and MasterCard.

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport will be available in South Africa from early November

BlackBerry’s square screen smartphone, the Passport, is coming to South Africa in early November 2014.

BlackBerry Passport

Given BlackBerry's strong popularity in Nigeria and South Africa, will the newly-launched BlackBerry Passport be a hit on the continent?

BlackBerry released its new Passport phone today, a keyboard smartphone with a 4.5-inch​ screen aimed at corporate users.

BlackBerry Z3

Robust BlackBerry Z3 sales in emerging markets, including Nigeria and South Africa, may bring early return to profitability

Late last month, International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast that the growth of smartphone sales in mature markets in 2014 would slow to a low single digit of 4.9% with emerging markets continuing to soar at 32.4%. The exponential growth rate in emerging markets is now 6.5 times of that in developed countries.

south-africa mobile

There's at least one country where BlackBerry utterly dominates the smartphone market

In most parts of the world, Samsung smartphones rules the market by virtue of their ubiquity, affordability, and variety.

Easy Taxi

Easy Taxi, which operates in 32 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Egypt, secures additional $40M in series D fund raising

Easy Taxi, a leading mobile taxi app in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia, secured USD 40m in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with participation of Tengelmann Ventures, the investment company of Germany’s multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group.

BlackBerry Z3

Android-compatible BlackBerry Z3 launched in Nigeria

BlackBerry has unveiled its Z3 smartphone in Nigeria, offering users who buy the device this month free application downloads valued at NGN8,000 (US$50).