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Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom buys Neotel for $466M to form Africa's largest fiber network

Africa’s largest fiber network will be formed as Liquid Telecom buys South African converged network operator Neotel.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The rise of Africa's megacities

Over the last 35 years, the share of Africa’s population living in urban areas climbed from 27% to 40%.

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.

Buffalo Mall, Naivasha, Kenya

East Africa's second-tier cities hold untapped potential

Retail in Kenya is dominated by informal sellers, but recent years have seen a boom in modern trade, with home-grown supermarket chains expanding their footprint and international brands (such as Carrefour and Massmart’s Game banner) entering the market.

Real GDP Growth Rates (2007 - 2017) of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart)

Real GDP Growth Rates (2007 - 2017) of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart)

Visualizations of Real GDP Growth Rates of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart) from 2007 – 2017.

Africa vs USA - Actual Size

What's the real size of Africa? How Western states used maps to downplay size of continent (Photos)

On a typical world map, Canada is a vast nation. Home to six time zones, its endless plains spread from ocean to ocean, dominating great swathes of the northern half of the globe. But, in reality, three Canadas would comfortably fit inside Africa.

Mobile Economy - Africa 2016: GSMA

The mobile economy - Africa 2016: GSMA (Infographics & Report)

At the end of 2015, 46% of the population in Africa subscribed to mobile services, equivalent to more than half a billion people. The region’s three dominant markets – Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa – together accounted for around a third of the region’s total subscriber base.

Not Louise Linton's Zambia. Credit: EPA/Stringer/qz.com

#LintonLies: Louise Linton's "white savior" memoir about her gap year in Zambia has been pulled from shelves

The now infamous memoir, In Congo’s Shadow by Scottish actress Louise Linton, is no longer for sale.

A black child and a white woman hold hands in Bamako, Mali

#LintonLies: Louise Linton just wrote the perfect White-Savior-in-Africa story

If there is one media narrative about Africa that refuses to be squashed, it’s the White-Savior-in-Africa bug.

Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Eric Nathan/Alamy

A New Map for Business in Africa

Only a few years ago, Africa was being dubbed “the next Asia,” and multinationals watched with mounting interest as local economies boomed across the continent.

3 reasons things are looking up for African economies: McKinsey & World Economic Forum

3 reasons things are looking up for African economies: McKinsey & World Economic Forum

In 2010 the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) described the potential and progress of African economies as “lions on the move”.

Kenya vs. Tanzania: The race to build Sub-Saharan Africa's largest port. Credit: bbc.com

Kenya vs. Tanzania: The race to build Sub-Saharan Africa's largest port

Kenya and Tanzania have long competed to have the most important port in East Africa and their rivalry is about to become more intense as they compete for the region’s business.

Chris Folayan, Founder and CEO, MallForAfrica

Mall For Africa: How a Nigerian built an African e-commerce empire from his bedroom

As an Africa business coach and consultant I have the pleasure of wandering through African business news and related success stories as part of my job.

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.

In partnership with mobile money platform M-PESA, KCB disburses one loan every eight seconds.

Fact of the Day: Kenyan bank KCB disburses one loan every eight seconds

Bid farewell to long lines at the teller window. Brick and mortar bank branches will soon be going the way of the dinosaur.

Africa's mobile subscriptions grow fastest globally

Africa's mobile subscriptions grow fastest globally: ITU

Africa experienced the largest growth in mobile subscriptions of any world region in 2014, according to Analyse Africa’s analysis of data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Azeb Asnake, CEO, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEPCo)

Ethiopia is the ideal environment for independent power producers (IPPs), says EEPCo CEO Azeb Asnake

Ethiopia has more than 45,000 MW of untouched hydro potential, plus huge resources of solar, wind and geothermal energy to tap; along with rising domestic demand for electricity; pro-investment policies; and plans laid out for the country to become a region-wide clean energy exporter.

Barclays decision to pull out of Africa is a sign of the bank's weakness, not the continent's potential

Barclays decision to pull out of Africa is a sign of the bank's weakness, not the continent's potential

Barclays has announced it is to withdraw from Africa. It will gradually reduce its 62% stake in Barclays Africa Group over the next two to three years.

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.

Deepak Malik, Africa Regional Director, Norfund

Norway fund mulls West Africa expansion with Ghana investments

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries is considering investments in financial-services and clean-energy businesses in Ghana as the institution extends its scope to West Africa.

Newly-elected AU chairman, Chadian President Idriss Déby. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Media

African Union members back Kenyan plan to leave International Criminal Court

Leaders at Addis Ababa summit support pullout of international criminal court in protest at perceived unfair targeting.

Julius Kipng'etich, CEO, Uchumi Supermarkets

Uchumi Supermarkets of Kenya mulls expansion in Nigeria, Ethiopia & the DRC

Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd., Kenya’s only publicly traded retail chain, is considering starting operations in Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo after reorganizing its East African operations, Chief Executive Officer Julius Kipng’etich said.

Now is the time to buy Sub-Saharan African stocks

Now is the time to buy Sub-Saharan African stocks

With the exception of South Africa, public equities in sub-Saharan Africa are generally cheap.

Mobile in Africa: Still room to grow (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Why this industry leader believes mobile in Africa has not yet reached its potential

Africa is a mobile-first continent. With almost 70% penetration and the innovations around mobile money, the continent is redefining what one can do with a cell phone.

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.

France's Orange acquires Liberia's largest cell phone company Cellcom in Africa expansion move

France's Orange acquires Liberia's largest cell phone company Cellcom in Africa expansion move

France’s Orange has agreed to buy Cellcom Liberia from privately held Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd. for an undisclosed sum as part of its expansion strategy in West Africa.

Part of Yemisi Shyllon's art collection in Lagos, Nigeria

Looking for an investment? African art is hotter than gold (Photos & Videos)

Amid strong demand and skyrocketing prices, contemporary African art is increasingly attracting the attention of investors worldwide.

Africa's Prospects - Macro Environment, Business, Consumer and Retail Outlook Indicators. Credit: nielsen.com

Africa's Prospects - Macro Environment, Business, Consumer and Retail Outlook Indicators (Infographics & Report): Nielsen

Africa’s rise in prominence is part of an overall global trend that has seen a shift in economic opportunity from the developed to the developing world. In fact, 6 out of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia is predicted to be Africa’s fastest growing economy in 2015

Africa outperforms global economy despite downward revisions

Africa continues to outperform other world regions despite falling commodity prices and rising conflict in 2015, according to revised GDP figures forecasted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) accessed via Analyse Africa.

Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in South Africa is the only nuclear power plant on the African continent.

Nuclear and renewables: South Africa's ambitious new energy mix (Video)

Heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity, South Africa is launching ambitious new projects aimed at diversifying its energy sources and avoiding power cuts.

Aubrey Hruby, Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network (AXN)

China's slowdown - An opportunity for Africa to address longstanding economic inefficiencies: Aubrey Hruby, Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network

According to the IMF, a 1 percentage point decrease in China’s investment growth is associated with an average 0.6 percentage point decrease in Africa’s export growth rate.

Orange to sell 70% stake in Telkom Kenya to Helios

Orange to sell 70% stake in Telkom Kenya to Helios

Orange confirmed an agreement to sell its 70 per cent stake in Telkom Kenya to Helios Investment Partners for an undisclosed sum.

Nancy Kacungira, New Anchor, KTN

Why I cannot tell 'the African story': Nancy Kacungira, News Anchor, KTN (Infographic)

Ugandan TV journalist Nancy Kacungira has won the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa-based journalists.

A cameraman films a scene for the Nollywood movie October 1, a police thriller directed by Kunle Afolayan, at a rural location in Ilaramokin village, southwest Nigeria. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

From Nollywood to New Nollywood: The runaway success of Nigeria's booming movie industry

The video-film industry of Nigeria has been described as one of the greatest explosions of popular culture that Africa has ever seen.

Compelling investment markets in Africa. Credit: sc.com

Compelling investment markets in Africa - Inside Riscura's Bright Africa 2015 Report: Debbie O’Hanlon, Senior Analyst, RisCura (Infographics)

Africa is not a single investment destination with a single set of standardized risk factors and homogenous potential for reward.

Millicom receives a 24% stake in leading African towers company, Helios Towers Africa

Millicom receives a 24% stake in leading African towers company, Helios Towers Africa

Millicom and Helios Towers Africa (“HTA”), one of the leading, independent telecommunications towers companies in Africa, this week announced that Millicom will own 24% of shares in HTA on a fully diluted basis following a shareholding reorganization.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Pan-African broadband service provider Liquid Telecom eyes European IPO in 2016

Liquid Telecom, a broadband group controlled by African telecoms company Econet Wireless, is being lined up for a European flotation next year after approaches from potential buyers in recent months.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB)

New African Development Bank President Adesina looking to mobilize $55B for energy projects on the continent

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, who took over this month, said he’s aiming to eliminate Africa’s energy deficit by 2025 by mobilizing $55 billion of investment.

Afrimax raises $120M for Africa high-speed broadband network

Afrimax raises $120M for Africa high-speed broadband network

Mobile internet firm Afrimax Group has raised $120 million to fund the expansion of a high-speed broadband network in Africa, it said on Tuesday, the latest firm to jockey for position in the continent’s fast-growing consumer internet market.

Smile Telecoms raises $365M from African investors to expand broadband coverage across the continent

Smile Telecoms raises $365M from African investors to expand broadband coverage across the continent

Smile Telecoms plans to grow its broadband network in Africa after raising $365 million in debt and equity financing.

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.

Africa’s richest man plans to almost double the continent’s cement production by 2020

Africa's richest man plans to almost double the continent's cement production by 2020 (Infographic)

Africa’s cement wars are heating up. Dangote Cement, owned by Africa’s richest man, Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, has revealed its agreement with a Chinese construction company to build cement plants in 11 countries.