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The True Size of Africa

Boston Schools Use Modernized Maps That Enlarge Africa, Depict World More Accurately (Photos)

In the original map, Greenland appears bigger than Africa. In reality, it is 14 times smaller.

Sola David-Borha, CEO, Rest of Africa, Standard Bank Group. Credit: saharaweeklyng.com

Sola David-Borha appointed Standard Bank Group Africa CEO, Yinka Sanni appointed Stanbic IBTC Holdings CEO & Demola Sogunle appointed Stanbic IBTC Bank CEO

Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets, has appointed Sola David-Borha as the CEO (Rest of Africa) of Standard Bank Group effective January 19th, 2017.

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.

African Private Equity Academy to be launched in Sandton, South Africa

African Private Equity Academy to be launched in Sandton, South Africa

The South African and Kenyan offices of pan-African law firm Bowmans together with international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and leading Nigerian law firm Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie will launch their inaugural African Private Equity Academy in Sandton this week.

How Africans are using technology to solve problems

How Africans are using technology to solve problems (Infographic)

The advent of the internet and technology has changed the world. With over 70% of Africa’s population under 30, the continent has one of the youngest populations in the world.

Christina Sass, Co-Founder & COO, Andela

Andela to invest in its graduates’ startups

Andela, a company working to bring the top 1% of African tech talent to engineering teams in need of capable, skilled developers, will eventually invest in the startups from those who complete its four-year program.

An Instagram post showed girls protesting against hair rules at the Pretoria school.

Were South African school hair rules racist? Maybe not.

As I followed the recent protests at a South African girls’ school where students insisted on being allowed to wear afro hairdos to school, I recalled my own days as a student in what used to be one of Nigeria’s most prestigious boarding schools for girls.

Protest over Afros and black hair in South African schools cause outcry

Protest over Afros and black hair in South African schools cause outcry

A hairstyle should not have to be a radical political choice, especially for a girl only just beginning to navigate high school.

Larry Illg, CEO, Naspers Ventures

Africa's largest company Naspers invests $60M in US online learning company Udemy

Udemy, a global marketplace for learning and teaching online, announced on Thursday a strategic investment of $60 million from Naspers through its Naspers Ventures division. Larry Illg, CEO of Naspers Ventures, is joining Udemy’s Board of Directors.

Teodoro de Jesus Xavier Poulson, Investment Committee Member, Fundo Activo de Capital de Risco Angola (FACRA)

Africa in 2016: Angola's public venture capital fund FACRA

How we made it in Africa asks Teodoro de Jesus Xavier Poulson – a member of the investment committee of Angola’s public venture capital fund, Fundo Activo de Capital de Risco Angolano (FACRA) – about his outlook for 2016.

Fred Swaniker, Founder and Chairman of the African Leadership Group (ALG). Credit: ted.com

Fred Swaniker's plan to build 25 world-class universities in Africa

Fred Swaniker, the founder of the African Leadership Network (ALN), has plans to launch 25 world-class, African-focused universities in the next 25 to 30 years, which he estimates will be educating around 250,000 people at any given time.

7 Reasons to Be Bullish on MTN Group

In Africa, local companies outplay multinationals, says BCG report

Local African companies have gained a competitive edge on the continent over their multinational counterparts and are making inroads where overseas players once dominated, said a report released Tuesday.

Students at Stellenbosch University have campaigned for it to change its language policy. Credit: bbc.com

Why South African students want to be taught in English

Stellenbosch University’s plan to drop Afrikaans as the language of instruction and teach in English has been warmly received, not only by students who are enrolled at the institution but by the rest of South Africa.

Here are nine tech companies building Nigeria's future

Here are nine tech companies building Nigeria's future

Over the course of the last 5 years, Nigeria has seen the rise of many tech companies working to address Nigerian problems with unique solutions. Although a number have failed in this quest, a good number have diversified or pivoted their solutions to sustain business.

Yale School of Management will host this year's Africa Business Practicum next month

Yale School of Management will host this year's Africa Business Practicum next month (Photos)

The Africa Business Practicum (ABP) is the 2nd annual Africa-focused symposium hosted by the Yale School of Management’s Africa Business and Society Club. The event will be held in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday November 7th, 2015.

Concept image of Lagos, Nigeria from NLE, featured in "Uneven Growth," MoMA, New York. Credit: CNN

Lagos 2050: How should Africa's biggest city prepare for doubling in size?

So your city is about to double in size, and it’s happening whether you like it or not. Infrastructure will be strained, sanitation is a concern and children need educating.

Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria

Olusegun Obasanjo: My African utopia

Thirty-five years in the life of any human institution should not normally be considered too distant to predict its course of progress. After all, it is only a little over a generation away. What is more, those who will shape and influence what Africa will be by the middle of the 21st century are almost all already born.

The Africa-America Institute (AAI) State of Education in Africa Conference 2015

Top Educators and Innovators to Gather for AAI’s 2nd Annual State of Education in Africa Conference in Lagos, Nigeria

Educators and innovators from across Africa and the U.S. will gather for a solutions-driven global education conference, convened by The Africa-America Institute, aimed at putting forth a bold agenda to improving the educational landscape in Africa.

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

Lessons Nigeria's Buhari can learn from Obama about managing a tough economy

It is atypical for an American president to invite a nascent African head of state to the White House, especially less than two months after the latter’s inauguration.

Gloria Serobe, Founder & Executive Director, Wiphold

It's time for South African business to step up: Gloria Serobe, Founder & Executive Director, WIPHOLD

In all the discussions about who’s responsible for the woes of this country and who will lead us forward, there’s one player that seems to get a free pass.

Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Why South Africa must get real: Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Looking back on the last 20 years, there is much to celebrate about South Africa’s progress. Indeed, we could easily have become a Syria, Libya, Iraq, or Ukraine—but our leaders had the foresight and the wisdom to give us the amazing gift of a united, inclusive, nonracial constitutional democracy.

Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE

Accelerating South Africa's economic transformation: Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE

Most people do not realize that the General Electric Company first came to South Africa in 1898—it was among our first offices overseas. For a brief period, and as part of the global effort to end apartheid, we left the country.

Patrice Motsepe, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals

3 essential lessons from Africa's past: Patrice Motsepe, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals

Africa has garnered heightened attention in recent years, framed by impressive economic growth and increasing prosperity.

Africa's neither 'rising' nor 'falling' but it is growing-fast

Africa's neither 'rising' nor 'falling' but it is growing. Fast

Africa is vast. It is varied. When it comes to the region’s development, a host of differing narratives shape the story around its economic progress. With a long-standing presence in the region, GE has worked with, and helped to nurture its tremendous potential.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Africa will have faster economic growth than any other region by 2040: PwC

Savvy CEOs already recognise the economic clout Kinshasa, Johannesburg and Lagos have in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

The Changing Face Of Business In Nigeria: Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

Ask most people what they think of Nigeria and the answer will likely include references to oil, population and corruption.

Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's outgoing Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development was named Forbes' African of the Year in 2013. He has argued that nothing is more important to Africa's success than access to power.

Advancing Africa? No more 'business as usual': Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Agriculture Minister & candidate for AfDB President

Africa is experiencing a never-before-seen economic and political transformation.

Innovation Africa

Developing African skills for the 21st century: AfricanBrains presents “Innovation Africa 2015” on 30 Sept – 2 Oct 2015 in Kampala, Uganda

Africa’s leading high level summit for education and innovation returns for its fifth year in 2015 and will take place in Kampala, under the patronage of the Government of Uganda, hosted by Hon Jessica Alupo, Minister of Education & Sports.

Vigil in Nairobi, Kenya. Each cross stands for a victim. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The world is remembering - and forgetting - the attack in Kenya that killed 148 students

After the initial breaking news frenzy of the brutal Islamist attack that killed 148 students in Kenya, the coverage of the massacre in western media waned, as it often does when tragedy hits far from home.

Fellows in Code Club 2015 work at the Hehe Labs headquarters at "The Office" in Kigali, Rwanda, a coworking space for young entrepreneurs.

Inside the Tech Revolution That Could Be Rwanda's Future

The small East African nation of Rwanda has progressed remarkably over the last decade.

Rhodes Must Fall: University of Cape Town students protesting against Cecil Rhodes statue on campus

University of Cape Town to remove Cecil Rhodes statue following student protests

South Africa’s University of Cape Town decided on Wednesday to remove a contentious statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes which has triggered protests from students over the past month.

#RhodesMustFall: A student wears a sticker calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the campus of the University of Cape Town March 20, 2015.

University of Cape Town boards up statue of Cecil Rhodes

A colonial-era statue of Cecil Rhodes on a South African university campus has been boarded up after student protesters demanded its removal.

Runa Alam, CEO, Development Partners International (DPI)

Africa's opportunities far outweigh its risks: Runa Alam, Co-Founder & CEO, Development Partners International (DPI)

Runa Alam is something of a private equity pioneer. Alam co-founded Development Partners International, which she calls the first pan-African private equity firm, in 2007.

Chude Jideonwo, CEO, Co-Founder, and Managing Partner of Red Media Africa

Occupying the office of the citizen: Chude Jideonwo at TEDxEuston (Video)

Chude Jideonwo is CEO, Co-Founder, and Managing Partner of Red Media Africa, which owns Africa’s largest portfolio of youth media brands, such as The Future Africa Awards & Summit, Y! Africa, and YNaija.com.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's Minister of Finance

The growth opportunity in Africa - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's Minister of Finance: McKinsey Global Institute (Videos & Report)

Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, explains why addressing the technology, agriculture, and infrastructure needs in parts of Africa, and in other emerging markets, is crucial to sustaining global growth.

Muhammadu Buhari (Left) and Goodluck Jonathan

Buhari vs. Jonathan - Beyond the Election: Chukwuma Charles Soludo, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

I need to preface this article with a few clarifications. I have taken a long sabbatical leave from partisan politics, and it is real fun watching the drama from the balcony.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

The changing face of Lagos: Anna Rosenberg, Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Research, Frontier Strategy Group

My recent visit to Lagos has changed my perception of Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Ethiopia-Egypt trade deals to ease River Nile row

Egypt and Ethiopia have signed a series of trade agreements which could help smooth diplomatic tensions over use of the River Nile waters.

Africa 2030 - Realizing the possibilities - Ernst & Young (EY)

Africa 2030 - Realizing the possibilities: Ernst & Young (EY) (Report)

Over the past few years a new African narrative has emerged. But, despite the clear evidence of sustained progress, there are many who remain sceptical about Africa.

Thierry N'Doufou, CEO, Qelasy

How Africa's first education tablet computer was created: Thierry N'Doufou, CEO, Qelasy (Video)

Thierry N’Doufou’s three eldest children tumble out of the car; the little one trips over her school bag as she tries to work out what to do with her break-time snack.

Affordable Housing in Nigeria (Illustration)

Affordable housing: Nigeria's big challenge also a 'massive opportunity'

Africa’s most populous nation must spend between US$5-7bn annually in constructing new houses to close the housing affordability gap by 2025.

Shoe manufacturing in Ethiopia

Made in Africa: Ethiopia positions itself as manufacturing alternative to China

Ethiopia is bidding to become Africa’s lead manufacturing hub, repositioning itself as an outsourcing alternative to countries such as China, where rising labour costs are driving margin conscious multinationals to look elsewhere.