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Marlon Chigwende (L), former Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa at Carlyle; Kayode Akinola (R), Director, Africa at KKR. Credit: LinkedIn

Former Africa heads at Carlyle and KKR to set up private equity firm Arkana Partners

Kayode Akinola quits KKR to start firm with Marlon Chigwende. New firm to target investments of less than $100 million in equity.

Modderfontein New City, Johannesburg, South Africa

11 giant infrastructure projects that are reshaping Africa

By the United Nations’ estimate, the continent will see its current population of 1.2 billion double by the year 2050.

Ethiopia Opens Massive Gibe 3 Hydroelectric Dam on Omo River

Ethiopia Opens Massive Gibe 3 Hydroelectric Dam on Omo River

Ethiopia on Saturday officially opened the Gibe 3 hydroelectric dam, which is among the biggest in Africa, despite concerns by environmentalists about its impact downstream and upon neighboring countries.

Felichesmi Mramba, Managing Director, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO)

Tanzania plans Ethiopia energy imports as 12-nation regional power pool emerges

Tanzania expects to begin importing electricity from Ethiopia in 2019 when the eastern African nations complete interconnection grids currently to form a regional power pool.

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya plans to begin constructing its first nuclear power plant at a cost of $5 billion by 2021 as the country seeks to bring down the cost of electricity.

Spotlight on East Africa Private Equity: African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Spotlight on East Africa Private Equity (Report & Infographic): African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Between 2010 and 2016 H1, there were 167 reported private equity deals in East Africa totaling $1.4 billion.

Jeff Schlapinski, Director of Research, EMPEA

Private equity investment in Africa heats up as pension funds stay local

African private equity is having its moment in the sun, with pension funds on the continent ready to invest in their own backyard as investment banks continue to retreat from lending and domestic strategies mature.

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.

East African Community a bright spot amidst emerging markets gloom

East African Community a bright spot amidst emerging markets gloom

While many countries are registering a sharp slippage in economic growth, East African economies, Ethiopia included, are expected to deliver above 6 percent economic growth, the World Bank has said in its latest report.

Business-to-business market in Africa to show $1 trillion growth by 2025, says McKinsey

Business-to-business market in Africa to show $1 trillion growth by 2025, says McKinsey

According to the World Bank, 35 of 47 economies in sub-Saharan Africa took at least one step in making it easier to do business in their country in 2015.

Ethiopia and Djibouti have launched the first fully electrified cross-border railway line in Africa.

Ethiopia and Djibouti have launched the first fully electrified cross-border railway line in Africa

Ethiopia and Djibouti have launched the first fully electrified cross-border railway line in Africa.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, AfDB

African economies are through the worst of downturn, says AfDB President Adesina

African economies are probably through the worst of their downturns and growth should accelerate next year, driven by investments in infrastructure and attempts to diversify from commodities, according to the African Development Bank.

Africa's spending to exceed $5.6T by 2025: McKinsey

Africa's spending to exceed $5.6T by 2025: McKinsey

Africa’s household and business spending will top $5.6tn by 2025 and its manufacturing output could reach $93bn, according to a new McKinsey & Company report.

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.

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.

Konza Tech City

Kenya's $50 billion megaprojects (Photos)

Konza Tech City – The much-hyped Konza Tech City – or “Silicon Savannah” – is hoped to be a world-class hub of entrepreneurship. The $15 billion site, set in 5,000 acres to the south of Nairobi, will accommodate almost 200,000 people, complete with universities, research facilities, and IT centers.

Davido: “Most music that comes out these days has our elements already in it, so why wouldn’t the people love African music?” (Tom Oxley/Washington Post)

Is this the year that African music will conquer the United States?

Whether it’s through hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 radio or Internet memes, Drake is a ubiquitous presence on our cultural landscape. Yet for all of his inescapable hits in the past few years, it was only in May that Drake finally topped the Billboard charts.

BON Hotel Addis Ababa

BON Hotels extends its footprint into Ethiopia

BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added yet another property to its ever-growing stable.

Africa attractiveness program 2016: EY

Africa attractiveness program 2016: EY (Infographics & Reports)

We are at an inflection point in terms of the structural evolution of most African economies. Decisions made and actions taken now will determine, which of these economies consolidate the gains made over the past decade as a platform for sustainable growth in coming decades.

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.

Africa tops 500M mobile users, adds $150B to economy

Africa tops 500M mobile users, adds $150B to economy (Infographic)

Africa now has half a billion mobile users, and the mobile ecosystem added $153-billion to the African economy in 2015, according to a new GSMA study, which predicts smartphone numbers will triple in the next five years.

Duet launches new PE fund focused on distressed Nigerian companies

Duet launches $400M private equity fund focused on distressed Nigerian companies

Duet Private Equity has signed an exclusive agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to establish an investment fund focused on Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector.

Africa - The great opportunity

Africa: The great opportunity

Africa is rapidly becoming the global economic growth engine. Half of the world’s 25 fastest-growing nations are in Africa and almost 40 per cent of the continent will achieve GDP growth of more than 5 per cent in 2016.

Ethiopian Airlines

The future of aviation in Africa (Video)

Africa is “the next and last frontier in globalization,” according to Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, who says that developing the aviation industry will be vital.

Lagos, Nigeria

Six things to consider when doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the past two decades, Sub-Saharan Africa has caught the attention of an increasing number of investors who are looking for new and promising opportunities.

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, technology is playing an increasingly significant role.

6 reasons to invest in Africa

6 reasons to invest in Africa: Tarek Sultan, CEO & Vice Chairman, Agility

The conversation about Africa is shifting from one of “deficits” and “gaps” to one about opportunities, prospects, ventures and creativity.

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.

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

How mobile is sparking creativity in African business: Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Chanzo Capital is an early stage micro-VC firm that provides capital and mentorship to high-tech startups in Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa (the so-called KINGS of Africa’s digital economy).

Fly540

Check out 10 airlines looking to change the face of Africa's skies (Photos & Video)

The future looks bright for air travel across Africa. It’s predicted that by 2034, 190 million more flights segments will be flown across the continent.

At the regional finals of the third annual Challenge Cup, hosted this year in Nairobi. Credit: Christopher M. Schroeder/recode.net

Startup Rising Africa

It’s hard to get more American than generalizing Africa as one big homogenous thing. It is, of course, a rich and diverse continent of more than 50 nations, where merely a piece of it — say from Kenya to Nigeria — is a greater distance than the entire United States.

Ajen Sita, CEO, EY Africa

Africa's development within the global economy: Ajen Sita, CEO, EY Africa

While Africa’s 2015 GDP is down 1.2% from 4.6% in 2014, it is still among the fastest growing regions in world.

Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group. Credit: M&A Advisor

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj readies Nigerian fertilizer and East African insurance deals

Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity firm, is in the final stages of approval for three transactions in sub-Saharan Africa and will probably make further investments in the region before the end of the year, partner Sev Vettivetpillai said on Thursday.

Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria (Illustration)

Africa's planned cities and the future

One of the objectives of Sustainable Development Goals is to have sustainable cities that provide opportunities for all, including access to basic services, energy, housing and transport. Some African cities like Lagos and Kigali are on the move.

Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Dress Me Outlet

Meet the Nigerian woman who is building the fashion Amazon of Africa

Olatorera Oniru is one of Nigeria’s most assiduous and ambitious young entrepreneurs. The 29 year-old lady is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com, a Lagos-based e-commerce startup that retails fashion products sourced from across the globe.

Two Rivers, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

Africa: A land of opportunity for property investors

UAE investors have been urged to follow in the footsteps of the Majid Al Futtaim Group and the Landmark Group by pursuing property opportunities in East Africa.

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.

Africa - The Race Between Debt and Growth

Africa: The Race Between Debt and Growth

As sentiment toward emerging markets has turned negative over the past few years, African economies have not been spared from the ensuing rout.

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.

Skander Oueslati, Co-Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, AfricInvest

Pan-African private equity firm AfricInvest invests in East Africa's Silafrica

AfricInvest, a leading pan-African mid-cap-focused private equity firm, has invested in Silafrica Plastics and Packaging International Limited (“Silafrica”), the leading East African plastics and packaging group with operations in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and India.