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Bob Diamond, CEO of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays

CEO at Bob Diamond's Atlas Mara exits company

Atlas Mara, the African investment vehicle co-founded by former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, has unveiled plans for a shake-up.

AccorHotels headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France

AccorHotels signs deals to open three hotels in Ethiopia

Europe’s largest hotel group AccorHotels, will open three hotels in Ethiopia by 2021, becoming the latest international chain to tap into the growing business and tourism sectors in the country.

Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa Group

Barclays and Barclays Africa Group agree on separation terms

Barclays Africa Group today announced that it has agreed terms for operational separation with UK-based Barclays PLC, which is reducing its shareholding in Barclays Africa.

Carlyle Group And TPG Capital Make $100M Bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Carlyle Group and TPG Capital make $100M bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Two of America’s largest private equity firms, Carlyle Group and TPG Capital, are looking to acquire Kenyan coffee chain Java House is a deal that could be worth as much as $100 million.

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

The Nigerian government says telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria must quickly conclude plans to get listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) or face regulatory penalties from their compliance failures.

Cape Town was the most important destination in 2016 for startup investments in Africa

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

PesaLink - Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Nearly ten years after its launch, M-Pesa finally has what could be a major competitor in the multi-billion dollar mobile money transactions business.

Steinhoff-Shoprite merger talks collapse as sides fail to agree on terms

Steinhoff-Shoprite merger talks collapse as sides fail to agree on terms (Infographic)

A successful deal would have created Africa’s biggest retailer. Shares of both companies jump as news ends antitrust concerns over deal.

Nairobi Securities Exchange to issue gold ETF

Kenya's Capital Markets Authority approves listing of first ETF

Kenya’s first ETF, which will track the price of gold, will be issued by NewGold Issuer (RF) Limited, which is incorporated in South Africa.

Frank Adu, CEO, CAL Bank

Arise BV acquires 28% stake in Ghana's CAL Bank as DPI successfully exits

CAL Bank has announced that its second largest shareholder, private equity firm DPI, has successfully sold its 27.7 percent stake in CAL Bank to Arise BV of the Netherlands.

Tanya van Lill, incoming CEO, SAVCA (Credit: linkedin.com)

Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association taps Tanya van Lill as new CEO

Tanya van Lill has been named CEO of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

EXEO Capital's Sub-Saharan Africa agribusiness Agri-Vie Fund II attracts over $100M in first close

EXEO Capital's agribusiness Agri-Vie Fund II attracts over $100M in first close

EXEO Capital, the pan-African private equity investment firm, has announced the first close of the second Agri-Vie Fund, focused on the food and agribusiness sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prem Watsa, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Fairfax

Canadian insurer Fairfax said to raise about $500M for new Africa fund

Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, according to people familiar with the matter.

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.

Nigeria asks Goldman and Stanbic to advise on diaspora bond debut

Nigeria asks Goldman and Stanbic to advise on diaspora bond debut

Nigeria has asked Goldman Sachs and the local unit of South Africa’s Standard Bank to advise it on the sale of a debut “diaspora bond” targeted at Nigerians living abroad, Stanbic IBTC Bank said on Monday.

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable Wi-Fi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Africa Capital Group/Ninara/Flickr

Africa to Rebound in 2017: Peter C. Thoms, Founder, Africa Capital Group

2016 was a tumultuous year that offered Africa investors many opportunities to make mistakes.

Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria (Illustration)

Lagos living: Solving Nigeria's megacity housing crisis

Affordable housing is a considerable challenge for urban areas with large populations, and this is particularly prevalent in Nigeria’s city of Lagos.

Eric Kump, Co-Head, Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: innovation-group.com

Private equity powerhouse Carlyle to acquire GCR, Africa's largest credit rating agency

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announced on Monday that it has agreed to acquire a significant stake in Africa’s largest credit rating agency GCR from the management founders, and German development financial institution DEG.

Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group. Credit: forbes.com

Abraaj CEO says Africa is core to investment plan

Middle Eastern private equity investor Abraaj Group says Africa is core to its investment strategy, as it bets the continent’s rising middle class will consume more goods.

Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group. Credit: Bloomberg

Private equity firm Abraaj is interested in buying Barclays Africa (Infographics & Video)

Abraaj Group, the private equity firm that invests across emerging markets, is interested in buying a stake in Barclays Plc’s South African business.

How private equity investors create value in Africa: EY/AVCA

Private equity activity in Africa at multi-year high (Infographics & Report): EY/AVCA

In EY‘s fourth annual analysis of private equity exits in Africa, it finds that even amidst economic uncertainty, private equity saw strong exit volume in 2015, bringing exits to a nine-year high.

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.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange working with MTN on 2017 listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is working with South African cell operator MTN on a listing of its shares in the country this year, the head of the bourse said on Thursday.

More Nigerians are embracing electronic payments

More Nigerians are embracing electronic payments (Infographics)

Five years after Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) launched its Cash-less Nigeria project to reduce the amount of physical cash circulating in the economy, it is finally catching on.

Arnold Parker, Managing Director, AFB Ghana

Letshego acquires AFB Ghana in second West African acquisition

African finance group Letshego Holdings has acquired a 100% shareholding in AFB Ghana Plc. AFB is a licensed non-bank financial institution and offers innovative credit products to over 60,000 customers across its network of more than 25 branch and customer access points.

Edwin Dande, Managing Partner & CEO, Cytonn Investments. Credit: capitalfm.co.ke

Kenya set to remain a hotspot for private equity investments in East Africa

According to Cytonn Investments, Kenya will remain a hotspot for private equity (PE) with global deal makers expected to continue to be attracted by the country’s improved business environment.

Why Africa Remains Ripe for Private Equity: BCG

Why Africa Remains Ripe for Private Equity: BCG (Infographics & Report)

For the past decade, Africa has been one of the world’s hottest growth markets for private equity investment. In the early 1990s, a mere dozen Africa-based funds managed a combined $1 billion; today, more than 200 funds manage upwards of $30 billion.

First Bank of Nigeria ATMs

How Nigeria's banks are innovating

Nigeria’s relatively significant exposure to the oil and gas sector increased pressures on balance sheets and operations.

African markets are ripe to absorb more private equity investment

African markets are ripe to absorb more private equity investment (Infographics)

Private equity investments across Africa may soon rise as firms are set to expand their activity on what remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

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 Private Equity Promise And What It Can Deliver

Africa's Private Equity Promise And What It Can Deliver

The fundamental precept of Private Equity (PE) is to transform a company and improve it, thus allowing it to achieve its full capability by enhancing its operational structure.

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.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Safaricom's M-PESA has Kenya's government worried what happens in the event of a crash (Infographic)

At the time of M-Pesa’s launch in 2007, few could have conceived the mobile money service would be as ubiquitous and deeply entrenched in the lives of millions of Kenyans as it is today.

SafariCity, Arusha, Tanzania

Check out 5 futuristic African cities that will take the tourism industry by storm (Photos)

Africa is seen to take up the tech challenge by investing billions of dollars in the development of tech futuristic cities.

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

It has long been known that e-health has tremendous potential to make the delivery of healthcare in Africa more efficient. It is now becoming clear that this will be in the diagnostics space.

Bola Onadele, CEO, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

Meet the Boss: Bola Onadele, CEO, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

The Financial Markets Dealers Quotations (FMDQ) OTC Securities Exchange is a Nigerian marketplace that trades debt securities and currency, specifically dollar against naira.

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.

Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana's President-Elect

Ghana President-Elect says aiming for double-digit growth

Ghana’s president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo said on Wednesday he would focus on restoring stability, cutting taxes and interest rates and spurring double-digit growth, in his first comments on the economy since winning a Dec. 7 vote.

Africa's banker of tomorrow

Armed with fintech and fueled by data: Africa's banker of tomorrow

Markets in Shanghai closed up today on news that the Chinese bullet train manufacturer Fujian Corp won the contract to connect Casablanca to Abidjan.

Kenyan banks want a bigger share of the mobile money action. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenyan banks are closing in on what they think will be the perfect M-PESA disruptor (Infographic)

Early next year, Kenyan banks are expected to unveil a digital and mobile money transfer platform to rival M-Pesa’s longstanding dominance as the scramble for cashless payments intensifies.

Nigerian Fintech Startup Paystack Raises $1.3 Million

Nigerian Fintech Startup Paystack Raises $1.3 Million

Paystack, one of Nigeria’s most hotly anticipated tech start-ups, has just secured $1.3M Seed investment from both international and homegrown investors.