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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.

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”.

Denis Duverne, Director, Deputy CEO, AXA

AXA expands Africa operations in joint venture with Lloyd's specialty group Chaucer

AXA is targeting the rapidly expanding market for African specialty insurance by partnering with Chaucer, a Lloyd’s specialty insurance group.

Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder, Group Managing Director and CEO, Olam

Olam Bets on Africa Reward as On-The-Go Food Demand to Climb

Olam International Ltd., one of the world’s largest food traders, is hunting for more investments in Africa as it looks to benefit from the continent’s increasing appetite for everything from instant noodles to lollipops.

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).

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.

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.

Wellington Jighere beat 129 competitors to become first Nigerian to win World Scrabble Championship.

Wellington Jighere beats 129 competitors to become first Nigerian to win World Scrabble Championship

Nigerians have been congratulating countryman Wellington Jighere, who has become the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship.

South African Airways now flies to Abuja

South African Airways launches flights to Abuja, Nigeria

South African Airways (SAA) has introduced a second entry point to Nigeria in its quest to enable trade and unlock mobility, which will considerably add to business travel options in the West African region.

African Markets Guide 2015: Barclays

African Markets Guide 2015: Barclays (Report)

African credit markets have continued to grow at a rapid pace, while rising debt and falling commodity prices have put pressure on fundamentals. The recent high correlation of African spreads to global EM credit markets has challenged the thesis that Africa offers diversification, but the meaningful intra-regional dispersion offers opportunities, in our view.

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.

Starwood will be opening the Four Points by Sheraton Oran in November, marking the entry of the brand into Algeria

Starwood Hotels accelerates growth in Africa with seven new deals

Company to expand Africa portfolio by over 50% in the next five years entering new markets and introducing more brands.

Growth: some are taking their sugar expertise to the mainland

Mauritius vies with larger African neighbors to be continental hub

As Mauritius developed into one of Africa’s wealthiest and advanced nations, the island nation’s focus tended to be far beyond the shores of its home continent.

A wall of mixed retail opportunity (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

The most promising retail markets in Africa are in countries people rarely talk about

It is rarely mentioned countries, like Gabon, Botswana and Angola, that are increasingly becoming attractive for multinational retailers looking to launch and expand on the African continent, according to a new report.

Rendering of Le Grand Marche de Libreville, Gabon

The 2015 African Retail Development Index (Infographics, Video & Report): AT Kearney

Africa’s landscape is changing. As economies rise and a shopping culture emerges, the retail opportunity is greater than ever before.

Africa Report 2015 - Real Estate Markets in a Continent of Growth and Opportunity - Knight Frank

Africa Report 2015 - Real Estate Markets in a Continent of Growth and Opportunity: Knight Frank (Infographics & Report)

The Africa Report is a unique and market-leading publication which draws on the expertise of Knight Frank’s unrivalled network of property professionals in Africa. The report presents a wealth of material highlighting the growth of Africa’s economies, cities and real estate markets.

Africa50 has held its first constitutive General Assembly this Wednesday 29 July 2015 in Casablanca

Africa50 Infrastructure Fund raises $830M in first closing

Africa50 has held its first constitutive General Assembly this Wednesday 29 July 2015 in Casablanca Africa50, the new and innovative infrastructure investment…

Airtel Kenya’s CEO Adil El Youssefi said despite Airtel being among the major service providers in the country, it was on the verge of being run down by Safaricom’s monopoly/capitalfm.co.ke

Airtel presses for share of Safaricom's M-PESA mobile money platform

Airtel Kenya is proposing to have Safaricom’s money transfer system M-PESA made accessible to other service providers so as to equalise the market.

In November of last year, French insurer AXA bought control of Nigeria's fourth-largest insurer, Mansard Insurance.

Africa: A growing insurance market

Low penetration across most African markets spell many opportunities for insurers, but success will depend on their ability to devise strategies to expand their foothold in a continent of 54 immensely diverse economies.

Miguel Azevedo, Head of Investment Banking, Citi Africa

Citi to Deutsche Bank on charm offensive in Africa as banks clamor for bond issuance deals

Bankers from London to Frankfurt and New York are on a charm offensive in Africa. Their goal: convincing governments to keep selling debt as first-half issuance slows from a five-year high.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s national oil companies have big ambitions but funding remains a challenge.

Sub-Saharan Africa's national oil companies have big ambitions. Funding remains a challenge: Rolake Akinkugbe, Head of Energy and Natural Resources, FBN Capital

In March, Saudi Aramco concluded a $10 billion standby revolving credit facility deal with 27 international lenders, the largest of its kind in the Gulf region for years. Even revenue-rich Saudi’s NOC needs large pools of capital from abroad.

Sub-Saharan Africa offers some respite from global bond tempest.

African Debt Offers Some Respite as Bond Rout Sweeps Globe

Sub-Saharan Africa is weathering the global bond tempest better than most. Seven of nine sub-Saharan African nations have outperformed the Bloomberg Emerging-Market Sovereign Bond Index since April 15.

The rise in African buyers seeking homes in central London

The rise in African buyers seeking homes in central London

Central London’s residential market has long been the focus of international interest. Headlines have highlighted the significant numbers of Russian, Middle Eastern and Chinese buyers, but a new influx of buyers and investors from Africa is now demanding attention.

Brazzaville is the capital of and largest city in the Republic of the Congo.

Republic of Congo: Ready for business

The Republic of Congo is emerging as one of Central Africa’s leading nations, with more than a decade of government reforms introduced by President Denis Sassou Nguesso improving living standards and providing opportunities for both locals and international investors.

Super-rich Africans splash out big bucks for luxury London homes.

Super-rich Africans splash out big bucks for luxury London homes (Photos, Infographic, & Video)

Sophisticated, glamorous and spacious — when the super-rich go house-hunting they are searching for something special. Real estate in London’s swankier suburbs can catch a buyers’ eye. Mayfair, Kensington and Chelsea have long been the stomping ground of the elite — and are now welcoming a new wave of African investors.

A CAF executive meeting, attended by Sepp Blatter and Issa Hayatou, voted for Gabon to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Gabon to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

Gabon beat Algeria and Ghana for right to host tournament. Gabon replaces Libya. Libya withdrew as hosts due to civil conflict.

DStv launches Africa Magic Igbo channel

DStv launches Africa Magic Igbo channel

In line with its ongoing development strategy, Africa Magic, the continent’s leading provider of African entertainment content, has announced the launch of a new channel, Africa Magic Igbo.

Howard French, Columbia Professor and Author of “China's Second Continent”

Get Africa Right: Columbia Professor and Author Howard French pens rebuking letter to 60 Minutes

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our grave concern about the frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent by 60 Minutes.

Kevin Murray, MD for West and Central Africa, Citi

Prospects in Francophone Africa are bright: Kevin Murray, MD for West and Central Africa, Citi

Kevin Murray, MD for West and Central Africa, Citi French-speaking West and Central Africa are generating strong revenues and could emerge as…

Visa and MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

Visa and MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa

Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years.

IPO Watch Africa 2014 - PwC

IPO Watch Africa 2014: PwC (Infographics & Report)

IPO Watch Africa surveys all new primary market equity IPOs and FOs in which capital was raised on Africa’s principal stock markets and market segments, as well as IPO and FO activity of African companies on international exchanges, on a yearly basis.

Bond Market

Low debt, light payments add luster to Nigeria's dollar bonds

Nigeria’s dollar bonds have been battered by tumbling oil prices and domestic politics, but thanks to low debt ratios, a light repayment schedule and demand from local banks they should weather the storm.

Nigerian oil industry worker

Cheap oil: Who are the winners and losers in Africa?

The recent free fall in oil prices is creating winners and losers across the globe, and Africa is no exception.

Mutiu Sunmonu, former Managing Director of Shell Nigeria

Shell appoints Osagie Okunbor as new Managing Director for Nigeria, replacing retiring Mutiu Sunmonu

Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Osagie Okunbor as the new Managing Director of its Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has become the first player to be named Confederation of African Football African Footballer of the Year four years in a row.

Yaya Toure wins fourth African Player of the Year title in a row

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has become the first player to be named Confederation of African Football African Footballer of the Year four years in a row.

Investment in West Africa's frontier markets offer very attractive risk-reward profiles.

Don't ignore West Africa's "emerging-emerging" markets: John Morton, Head of Emerging Markets Fixed Income, Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW)

Frontier economies such as those of West Africa present untapped debt investment opportunity, according to US-based fixed income manager Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW).

If they are not buying, they are renting luxury homes for up to £15,000-per-week and staying for between six weeks and three months.

African oligarchs splash out on London homes

A new wave of African oligarchs are following the trail blazed by Russian billionaires, buying up luxury properties in some of London’s most exclusive postcodes, according to new research.

Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank and Daniel Monehin, MasterCard

MasterCard and Ecobank partner to accelerate electronic payments adoption in 28 Sub-Saharan African countries

Ecobank Transnational Inc. (“Ecobank”) and MasterCard, http://newsroom.mastercard.com/ today announced  a multi-country licensing agreement which will provide access to MasterCard’s electronic payments solutions for Ecobank’s customers in a further 23 African countries.

Aliko Dangote

Cementing Africa's future: The rise and rise of Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man

Aliko Dangote made his fortune by gambling on Africa’s future, repeatedly. For the Nigerian entrepreneur, that gamble has paid off spectacularly.

Mobile Phone User in Africa

Africa's telecoms frontier (Video)

Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest growing region in terms of mobile subscriptions.

Standard & Poor's (S&P)

Rising debt levels at odds with Africa's growth narrative: S&P

Africa is often talked about as a region on the rise, but that narrative is complicated by a trend towards fast rising sovereign debt and deficits, according to ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

Award winning Nigerian artist, writer and photographer, Victor Ehikhamenor

Africa's contemporary art is booming, so buy it while you can

I walked into the Gallery of African Art GAFRA on London’s Cork Street in Mayfair two weeks ago. Opposite the Burlington Arcade, right at the heart of the art establishment, on gallery row itself, African art formerly seen as a niche interest, now officially playing with the big boys.