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Rachel Maddow, Host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC

Rachel @Maddow's coverage of #ECOWAS and the #Gambia crisis, in particular, was pretty pathetic #ABCView

Typical ignorant and condescending coverage commonly associated with the Western media’s coverage of #Africa

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.

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.

L-R: Charles Ifedi, CEO, Verve; Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & MD, Interswitch; Akeem Lawal, Director, Interswitch. Credit: financialtechnologyafrica.com

Nigeria's Interswitch launches Verve payments service in Kenya

The Nigerian company Interswitch is to launch its Verve payments cards in Kenya, a move that should cut banks’ costs and threaten the dominant positions of Visa, MasterCard and the M-pesa mobile money service.

Nancy Kacungira, New Anchor, KTN

Why I cannot tell 'the African story': Nancy Kacungira, News Anchor, KTN (Infographic)

Ugandan TV journalist Nancy Kacungira has won the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa-based journalists.

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.

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.

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…

Luanda, Angola’s capital city. Angola is rich in national resources, particularly oil and gas.

Angola's capital Luanda remains 'most expensive city' for expats in Mercer's 2015 Cost of Living ranking

The Angolan capital, Luanda, remains the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to an annual survey by consultancy Mercer.

Mitchell Elegbe, Group Managing Director, Interswitch

Nigeria's Interswitch considers IPO dual-listing on London Stock Exchange & Nigerian Stock Exchange for Africa expansion

Interswitch Ltd., which processes payments for banks and owns a brand of debit cards in Nigeria, is considering initial public offerings in London and Lagos next year as it plans an expansion into new African markets.

Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director, Jovago

Why you should take chances: Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director of top African hotel booking website Jovago (Video)

Marek Zmyslowski is the CEO and Managing Director of Lagos-based Jovago. Jovago is an online marketplace that connects travellers across Africa with hotels. Jovago enables customers to secure hotel rooms through an online platform that is faster, cheaper, and easier than the alternative of making a phone call.

The pros and cons of an East African Community (EAC) monetary union

The pros and cons of an East African Community (EAC) monetary union

There has been very vocal interest in regional integration, including monetary integration, in Africa over the decades since independence.

A Kenya Airways jet arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Africa’s aviation industry is booming. Photograph: Noor Khamis/Reuters

Africa's aviation industry is booming: Opening up Africa's airspace could make sky the limit (Video)

Glancing around a crowded terminal in Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta airport, one of the busiest international hubs in Africa, it’s obvious that more passengers are streaming to the continent than ever before.

Herve Chomel, Vice President, MoneyGram Africa

MoneyGram reaches 25,000 locations across Africa: Herve Chomel, Vice President, MoneyGram Africa

MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer company, announces today that its agent network in Africa has now reached 25,000 locations, following a strategic expansion initiative across the continent.

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.

Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Transcorp, & UBA Group

Entrepreneurs will create the jobs Africa requires: Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Transcorp, and UBA Group

In the last week alone, the international media has been buzzing about Chi, a Nigerian drinks company, and Africell, the largest mobile phone operator in Sierra Leone and Gambia.

Africell

Africell Plans to Invest $150 Million to Upgrade Uganda Operations

Lebanon-based telecommunications company Africell plans to invest up to $150 million to improve the network of its recently acquired Ugandan unit, Orange Uganda Ltd., over the next three years, a company executive said on Monday.

Ziad Dalloul, CEO, Africell

Africell on mission to secure U.S. private equity investment

Africell Holding, the largest mobile-phone operator in Sierra Leone and Gambia, is courting U.S. private-equity firms including Providence Equity Partners, KKR, and Carlyle Group, hoping to sell a stake in the company, which is valued by the owner at up to $1.5 billion.

Africa

The IMF Says The World's In A Mess - But Not Africa

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook makes sobering reading for most of the world.

Arik Air

Nigeria's Arik Air launches frequent flyer program - Arik Affinity Wings

Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest commercial carrier, has launched a frequent flyer program, aligning its offering with the industry’s foremost airlines in the process.

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.

Charles Ifedi, CEO, Verve International

Q&A with Charles Ifedi, CEO, Verve International

Verve is currently the most widely used payment card in Nigeria, with 18 million of the country’s 25 million payment cards Verve branded; while 19 out of the 21 Nigerian banks issue Verve cards, in addition to microfinance banks (MFBs) and mobile money operators.

Ziad Dalloul, CEO of Africell

Telco Disruptor Africell Looks for Gaps Amongst Giants

Africell, a small African mobile telecommunications company run from Lebanon, is planning to expand across Africa’s fast-growing telecommunications markets

Gambia launches first Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

Gambia launches first Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

Gambia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) under the African Union Commission (AUC) African Internet Exchange Services (AXIS) Support Project has launched the country’s first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) – the Serrekunda Internet Exchange Point (SIXP).

Orji Uzor Kalu

Orji Uzor Kalu: The Nigerian Millionaire Who Wants To Negotiate With Boko Haram

When Orji Uzor Kalu, jet-setting Nigerian businessman and controversial politician is in Abuja, he usually spends most of his time at his sprawling mansion which is located a few minutes’ drive away from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, the official residence of Nigeria’s President.