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Rachel Maddow, Host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC

Rachel @Maddow's coverage of #ECOWAS and the #Gambia crisis, in particular, was pretty pathetic #ABCView

Typical ignorant and condescending coverage commonly associated with the Western media’s coverage of #Africa

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Strive Masiyiwa builds broadcast empire to challenge MultiChoice

Econet Group is building a broadcasting empire that could challenge MultiChoice’s dominance in the payTV market across the continent.

Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Credit: myplaydatacharts.com

We Don Blow! The African Music Wave: Lanre Dabiri, Founder, PlayData

I’m at a traffic light, downtown Atlanta last summer and I notice a car that has also stopped for the light beside me playing really loud music.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Founder & CEO, Zuvaa. Credit: good.is

How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online (Photos)

What started with a compliment turned one young woman’s idea into a million dollar business. When Kelechi Anyadiegwu started her online African clothing store Zuvaa with $500 two years ago, her idea was to share African-inspired designs with consumers around the world.

Retail Africa: Africa's next retail giant

Retail Africa: Africa's next retail giant?

Steinhoff and Shoprite are planning to merge their African retail operations in a stock-for-stock deal, as announced in December.

Yemi Alade and D'Banj with their awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Credit: businessoffashion.com/Getty

Why Africa's Musicians Are a Marketing Goldmine

Stylish, dynamic and extremely popular, Africa’s music stars are brand ambassadors for many multinationals in Africa but the fashion industry has yet to grasp their value.

A Protea Hotels location now owned by Marriott International

Why Marriott's Expansion in Africa Could Mean Long-Term Gains

Marriott opened its first property in sub-Saharan Africa, the 254-room Kigali Marriott in Rwanda, in early October.

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.

Ngozi (L) and Chijioke Dozie: The brothers are Café Neo's Co-Founders and Co-CEOs. Credit: CNN

2 brothers have tapped into Africa's coffee renaissance (Video & Photos)

Nigeria is the seventh largest coffee producing country in the world, and two brothers there have decided to capitalize on this.

Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix

A new Netflix server in Nigeria will deliver faster streaming and content to its African users

News of Netflix’s expansion to Africa (and pretty much the rest of the world) in January was met with excitement on the continent.

Raphael Afaedor, Co-Founder & CEO, Supermart.ng. Credit: NdaniTV

How former Jumia MD is selling groceries online in Nigeria

Lagos’s infamous back-to-back traffic can turn a simple trip to the grocery store into a time-consuming ordeal.

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.

Volkswagen moves into Kenya & Rwanda in Africa expansion

Volkswagen moves into Kenya & Rwanda in Africa expansion

Volkswagen on Wednesday opened a new assembly plant in Kenya and launched plans for a ride-sharing service in Rwanda as it seeks to take advantage of surging car demand in Africa.

The checkout at Shoprite, Africa's biggest food retailer, in a shopping center in Warri, a fast-growing city in Nigeria's oil-producing region. Credit: nytimes.com

Shoprite & Steinhoff plot massive merger

Retail giants Shoprite and Steinhoff plan to merge to form what will indisputably be one of Africa’s largest retail businesses.

Kemi Adetiba

Nollywood's Must-Watch Director

It’s opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Kemi Adetiba is about to step onto the stage and into the spotlight.

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

When the pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv launched in 2012, the Nairobi-based company was one of the first to recognize the untapped potential of the online market on the continent.

Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: FT

Weekend guide to Lagos

The culturally rich city has plenty to offer in the way of art and entertainment.

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.

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.

Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: sothebysrealty.com

Fact of the Day: Johannesburg, South Africa is the #1 tourist destination in Africa for the 4th year in a row

South Africa’s major urban cities remain the most visited in the African continent, attracting millions of tourists, boosting local tourism and injecting billions of dollars into the economy.

These 6 Sectors of Africa's Economy Are Poised for Growth - McKinsey

These 6 sectors of Africa's economy are poised for growth: McKinsey

In 2011, we published an article in HBR examining the surprisingly rapid growth of African economies and consumer markets.

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.

Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration). Credit: hiltonworldwide.com

Hilton to open hotel in Africa's tallest development (Photos)

Iconic $110 million Hilton Nairobi Upper Hill marks Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ 50th property in Africa.

Monde Twala, VP of Viacom Africa’s BET, Youth and Music portfolio

Viacom and Turner Targeting Africa's Millennials With Multi-Platform Offerings

With more than half the population of Africa under the age of 18, networks are looking for more ways to target young audiences with cross-platform content, hoping to grow today’s generation of increasingly connected African youths into tomorrow’s brand-loyal consumers.

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.

Linda Ikeji Social

Linda Ikeji Social: Nigeria's super blogger Linda Ikeji launches social network and will share ad revenue with users (Video)

The name Linda Ikeji strikes fear into many a Nigerian celebrity. They’re often petrified their secrets are about be revealed in the powerful one-woman gossip machine that has dominated online media in Nigeria for the last decade.

A visitor takes photographs from the Ou Kaapse Weg as seasonal fog covers the city of Cape Town. Almost 7,000 visas were issued by the South African embassy in the UAE for the first seven months of this year. Credit: thenational.ae/Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Hotel developers will invest billions of dollars in African projects over the next few years

Hotel developers will invest billions of dollars in African projects over the next few years as they seek to take advantage of a fast-expanding middle class and growing business travel.

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa is the owner of Kwesé TV

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's Kwesé TV has signed deal to broadcast ESPN sports content in 19 African countries

Kwesé TV, a sports website owned by Econet Media, has partnered with American cable TV channel ESPN in a deal which will see Kwesé exclusively air hours of licensed content from ESPN including its iconic SportsCenter show across 19 countries in Africa.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now. Credit: qz.com/EPA/University of California

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo.

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria, South Africa (Illustration)

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre to cement its place as Africa’s largest mall

Despite a slowdown in consumer spending across South Africa, Pretoria’s Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is undergoing a R2.5 billion revamp that will make it the largest mall in Africa, unseating Durban’s Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

Setting the record straight. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/James Akena

Africans on social media push a missionary group to take down offensive music video about life in Uganda

A music video released this month by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group working in Uganda, features five white women in traditional Ugandan dresses dancing with plastic jerry cans, knocking back deworming tablets, and eating sukuma wiki, or kale, with their hands.

Yemi Alade

The boom in Africa's music industry continues

Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in the continent’s thriving music industry.

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.

Tamassa Resort in Mauritius

Property fund Mara Delta agrees to buy Tamassa Resort in Mauritius

LUX* Resorts and Hotels sells Tamassa Resort for US$40 million in sale-and-leaseback deal.

BW Premier Collection, The Alba, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

Best Western continues Africa expansion with launch of first BW Premier Collection hotel on the continent

Best Western Hotels & Resorts adds another hotel to its East African portfolio. The newest addition is BW Premier Collection, The Alba, located in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Legend Hotel (Illustration); which will be located within the Murtala Muhammed International Airport boundaries in Lagos, Nigeria; will feature 54 guest rooms, including eight suites. Credit: Curio - A Collection by Hilton/estateintel.com

Hilton Expands Presence in Nigeria with Signing of Hilton Lagos Airport

Hilton has announced the signing of a management agreement with Quality Inspection & Testing Services Limited to open a 350 guest-room and suite hotel at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria.

93 Days: Movie honors Nigerian hero doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who helped stop spread of ebola

93 Days: Movie honors Nigerian hero doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who helped stop spread of ebola

As she lay on the hospital bed, weak and coughing, Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh wished her son a happy birthday over the phone. She asked him about his birthday presents and insisted his dad buy him a cake, after all, what’s a birthday without cake?

Kia Motors to assemble cars in Ethiopia

Kia Motors to assemble cars in Ethiopia

South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp signed a deal with an Ethiopian company last week to start assembling cars in Ethiopia and is thinking of similar operations elsewhere in Africa.

Shoppers walk past an Edgars store at a shopping center in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Bain in $1.5 billion South African Edcon debt for equity deal

Private equity firm Bain Capital has agreed a debt for equity swap deal valued at $1.5 billion for Edcon, the chief executive of the South African clothes retailer said last Tuesday.

Green White Green (Movie)

Nollywood: Nigeria stands out at the Toronto International Film Festival

Nigerian filmmakers, producers and actors are hoping a spotlight on Lagos at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will open Nollywood up to the world.

The characters of "An African City". Credit: npr.org

An African City: A Charming, Witty, Fashion Forward African TV show

‘An African City’ is a television and web series that tells the story of five young, single and successful African women who have resettled in Accra, Ghana after living abroad for many years.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Volkswagen expands Africa strategy with Kenya car assembly plant

Volkswagen continues to drive forward with the regionalization of the global automotive business. The brand is planning to start production of the Polo Vivo in Kenya at the end of 2016.