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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.

Port of Mombasa, Kenya

Why Invest in Africa? The Big Picture

While the last couple of years have been tough for African equities and currencies, we believe the long-term case for investing in Africa remains intact.

The race to fix Nigeria's payments problem just received a big boost

The race to fix Nigeria's payments problem just received a big boost

Making online transactions is a process taken for granted as one of the natural offshoots of deeper internet penetration.

The checkout at Shoprite, Africa's biggest food retailer, in a shopping center in Warri, a fast-growing city in Nigeria's oil-producing region. Credit: nytimes.com

Shoprite & Steinhoff plot massive merger

Retail giants Shoprite and Steinhoff plan to merge to form what will indisputably be one of Africa’s largest retail businesses.

Endeavor-led consortium to build Ghana power station

Endeavor-led consortium to build $552M Ghana power station

A consortium led by Africa-focused power producer Endeavor Energy began building a $552 million, 200-megawatt power plant in Ghana on Wednesday, it said in a statement.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Nigerian Banks in Distress? Not Exactly

Nigeria’s economy has spent much of 2016 in recession for the first time in over two decades. Unsurprisingly there has been speculation about the strength of its banking system.

Ghana’s President-Elect, Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana's new president: Jobs, jobs, jobs

Nana Akufo-Addo, the 72-year-old leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was elected Ghana’s president on December 9 by a margin of 1 million votes.

The case for South African hedge funds

The case for South African hedge funds: Jaclyn Petrone, Director of International Business Development, Laurium Capital

Over the years as international investors have searched for yield and found themselves looking towards Africa, many have invested with a long-term mindset focused on private and public equity strategies.

All eyes on Africa tech

All eyes on Africa tech

Forget bootstraps. Africa is a continent dragging itself up by its code strings to become a global player – but it needs more software developers, writes Brett Parker, SAP Africa Managing Director.

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

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

Between 2010 and 2016 H1, there were 277 reported private equity deals in Southern Africa totaling $3.5 billion.

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director General, Pension Commission of Nigeria (Pencom)

Nigeria pension funds look to small businesses for growth

Nigeria’s pension regulator hopes to launch a savings scheme for the country’s widespread small business sector.

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.

Sandton City, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sandton: Africa's richest square mile?

Sandton Central, without doubt, has become the most important business and financial node in South Africa, and plausibly sub-Saharan Africa.

Geoffrey Odundo, CEO, Nairobi Securities Exchange. Credit: marcopolis.net

Nairobi Securities Exchange to start offering ETFs in diversification drive

The Nairobi Securities Exchange expects its first exchange traded fund (ETF) to be approved by the regulator this year and trading to start soon after.

Zoya Sisulu, ‎Head of Debt Primary Markets, South Africa, Standard Bank. Credit: Business Day (South Africa)

African debt capital markets resilient in face of growth challenges

Debt capital markets across Africa’s sub-regions have remained robust despite the macroeconomic and political challenges presented.

Across Africa, 3 in 4 countries improve business environment

Across Africa, 3 in 4 countries improve business environment (Infographic)

Almost three-quarters of African countries saw an improvement in their business environments in 2016, according to the Doing Business 2017 report published in October by the World Bank.

MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria begins IPO discussions

MTN has commenced talks with the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding an initial public offering in 2017.

Chauffeur driven: Uber in Lagos. Credit: FT

Uber gears up to ease stressful commutes in Nigeria

Car-hailing app Uber has frequently attracted controversy — whether over workers’ rights, management practices and its attitude to regulation.

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Three years ago, MallforAfrica joined the raft of Nigerian tech start-ups attracting private equity and venture capital backing.

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group announced last week that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of CMC Networks.

Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Chairman, Johannesburg Stock Exchange

African stock exchanges should focus on smaller businesses: Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Chairman, Johannesburg Stock Exchange

The African growth story is no longer a fairy tale. Over the past decade, multinational companies, private equity funds and infrastructure development programs have channeled capital to the continent.

Felix Olale, Partner, LeapFrog Investments

LeapFrog acquires $22M majority stake in Kenya's Goodlife Pharmacy (Video)

LeapFrog Investments, a leading specialist investor in emerging markets, today announced its acquisition of a USD 22m majority stake in Kenya’s GoodLife Pharmacy.