Dakar News

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.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast: Tech Hub on the Rise

Following years of political turmoil, Côte d’Ivoire is growing quickly and attracting investment. Now, the government is trying to position the country as west Africa’s technology and start-up hub.

Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming

Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming: Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology

Last month, I visited my village of Ovim in Southeastern Nigeria. I met a painter who also manufactures the paint he uses for his work.

Shop Africa 2016: Knight Frank

Shop Africa 2016 (Report & Infographics): Knight Frank

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a wave of modern shopping mall development. The retail sector has become a major focus for development activity in recent years, as investors have been attracted by the growth potential of African consumer markets.

Orange Strikes $160M Deal for Tigo DRC

Orange Strikes $160M Deal for Tigo DRC

Orange is set to continue its acquisition spree in Africa with a $160 million takeover of Millicom’s Tigo-branded mobile phone business in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Orange buys Bharti Airtel operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone

Orange buys Bharti Airtel operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone

French telecom incumbent Orange has agreed to acquire Bharti Airtel’s businesses in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone in a continuation of its expansion strategy in West Africa.

Attaendees at a Speed Meet Africa event discuss new opportunities

Goodbye Europe, Hello Africa: Frances Mensah Williams, Managing Editor, ReConnect Africa

When Ernestina Ellen Boadi resigned from her job as an Events Management Executive in London, it wasn’t because she planned to switch to a better job in the city.

South African Airways now flies to Abuja

South African Airways launches flights to Abuja, Nigeria

South African Airways (SAA) has introduced a second entry point to Nigeria in its quest to enable trade and unlock mobility, which will considerably add to business travel options in the West African region.

Africa's other "Big 6": Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Arik Air, EgyptAir, Kenya Airways and Royal Air Maroc

Africa's other "Big 6": Jude Uzonwanne, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Africa’s vast skies are being mastered by the “Big 6”: Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Arik Air, EgyptAir, Kenya Airways and Royal Air Maroc.

Macky Sall, President of Senegal

Senegal Plans New City to Ease Gridlock, Woo China Investors

On a plain dotted with rotund baobab tree trunks Senegal is planning its future. The government of the West African nation is laying the groundwork for a new city …

Dakar, Senegal: The city is predicted to be one of the top 10 most visited cities in Africa in 2015

Europe, Asia? No - Airbnb's next big push is in Africa

Airbnb, the world’s leading service to rent out rooms or properties over the Internet, has announced plans to rapidly accelerate its growth in Africa, particularly in key markets such as Kenya and South Africa.

Into Africa - The continent’s Cities of Opportunity - PwC

Into Africa: The continent’s Cities of Opportunity - PwC (Video, Presentation, and Report)

Megatrends are colliding across Africa. The growing middle class, the strong demographic growth with improving age mix, the technological innovation that we have already seen in mobile payments for example, growing choice of investment partners from the global south and fast-paced urbanization are shaping what the future of Africa could look like.

Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director, Jovago

Why you should take chances: Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director of top African hotel booking website Jovago (Video)

Marek Zmyslowski is the CEO and Managing Director of Lagos-based Jovago. Jovago is an online marketplace that connects travellers across Africa with hotels. Jovago enables customers to secure hotel rooms through an online platform that is faster, cheaper, and easier than the alternative of making a phone call.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Develop a strategy for Africa now before it's too late, say Africa investment specialists Melissa Cook, CFA & Walé Adeosun, CFA

An advisory council appointed by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to expand business opportunities in Africa is now in full swing.

An illustrator works on a digital drawing board at the Kuluya Games office at Anthony district in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

10 technology trends to watch in Africa in 2015

Because connectivity defines modern prosperity, and because Africa will not be able to build roads fast enough to manage its growth, the continent will be the first to adopt cargo drones at massive scale.

Arik Air

Nigeria's Arik Air launches frequent flyer program - Arik Affinity Wings

Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest commercial carrier, has launched a frequent flyer program, aligning its offering with the industry’s foremost airlines in the process.

Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, partners with Blackstone and Carlyle for Africa investments

Blackstone Group LP (BX) and Carlyle Group LP (CG), the world’s two biggest private-equity firms, sought a partner in Africa to invest in the continent’s burdened energy infrastructure.

Papa Madiaw Ndiaye, Founding Partner & CEO, AFIG Funds

How perceptions of Africa's risk have evolved: Papa Madiaw Ndiaye, CEO, AFIG Funds (Video)

Papa Madiaw Ndiaye is CEO of AFIG Funds, a Mauritius private equity fund management company with offices in Dakar (Senegal), Johannesburg (South Africa), and Washington, DC (USA).

Aliko Dangote

Cementing Africa's future: The rise and rise of Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man

Aliko Dangote made his fortune by gambling on Africa’s future, repeatedly. For the Nigerian entrepreneur, that gamble has paid off spectacularly.

Itumeleng Mothibeli manages the mall and 13 other shopping centers that have sprung up to serve a black South African middle class that spends more money than the white middle class

Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future

Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second half of the 20th century.

Cliff House designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA), Dakar, Senegal

Beautiful design, smart innovation: Africa's most exciting architects

Africa is a land under construction. Last year, over $220 billion was spent on all kinds of building projects in the continent.

Alara, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Redefining African Luxury in Lagos, Nigeria

Businesswoman Reni Folawiyo is building a concept store with celebrated architect David Adjaye on Victoria Island in Lagos. The mission? To redefine African luxury for Nigerians—and for the rest of the world.