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Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. Credit: Ike Ude/qz.com

Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million).

Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

Harvard Business School Interview: In My Humble Opinion by Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

World Bank VP and Treasurer Arunma Oteh (Harvard MBA, 1990) has a clear sense of why she likes her job.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote (Left), has a net worth of about US$18 billion, according to Forbes. Tom Saater/Bloomberg

Ranks of African millionaires swell

The sinking tide of commodity prices has lowered incomes for the rich and poor, but for a growing class of African millionaires, the effect may be less painful than for others.

The Key Ministers in Nigerian President Buhari's Cabinet

Here are five key ministers in Nigerian President Buhari's cabinet

After more than seven months since he won election as president in Africa’s biggest economy, Muhammadu Buhari named his cabinet.

Yemi Lalude, Managing Partner, TPG Africa

Private equity firm TPG Growth appoints Harvard-trained Yemi Lalude as Managing Partner of TPG Africa

TPG Growth, the global middle market and growth equity platform of private equity firm TPG Capital, has announced the appointment of Yemi Lalude as Managing Partner of TPG Africa.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, joins Lazard as Senior Advisor

Nigeria's former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joins US investment bank Lazard as Senior Advisor

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria‘s former Minister of Finance, has announced that she will be joining US-based investment bank Lazard as a Senior Advisor, as part of the firm’s sovereign advisory group.

Oluwatomi Ayodele Somefun, Managing Director, Unity Bank

Ayodele Somefun appointed Managing Director of Nigeria's Unity Bank

Nigeria’s Unity Bank has appointed Mrs. Oluwatomi Ayodele Somefun as the bank’s Managing Director, effective August 11th, 2015.

Harvard African Development Conference (ADC) 2015

Looking South – Moving Forward: Fostering Development Collaboration within the Global South - Harvard will host 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) on April 3-4

Harvard will host the 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC) on April 3-4. The event will assemble major players and stakeholders across the private sector, civil society, government and academia, to discuss …

Chinua Achebe. Image credit: newafricanmagazine.com

2 years later: Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria's world-renowned literary icon

It has been two years since the passing of the world-renowned Nigerian literary icon and social critic, Chinua Achebe. The man of letters passed on January 21st, 2013 in a Boston hospital after a brief illness, leaving many Nigerians in shock and rattling the literary world.

Seyi Owodunni, MD, Emerging Capital Partners Nigeria

Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners names Seyi Owodunni as Nigeria MD

Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) said it appointed Seyi Owodunni as Managing Director of its Nigeria office. Owodunni will be based in Lagos and work with the local team to source and secure investment opportunities.

Business men in a cigar club in Lagos, Nigeria

Africa's First City: Lagos, Nigeria

When he was 15 years old, David Adeoti worked in an Internet café in blue-collar Satellite Town, where it was almost possible to see the gleaming towers of Lagos Island less than ten miles to the east.

Sim Shagaya, Founder & CEO of Konga and DealDey

Building Konga, Africa's Alibaba: Sim Shagaya (Part One)

Chatting with Simdul Shagaya is like an intense, super-charged colloquy on doing business….in Africa.

Nicky Newton-King, CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

African Women To Watch: Capital Markets (Video)

Stock markets across Africa have made steady progress across the last decade. Since 2002, Africa’s five leading exchanges have tripled the combined market capitalization of listed companies.

Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance, Uganda

African Women To Watch: Finance (Video)

Women make up more than half of the workforce in financial institutions globally. However, only 19% are in senior positions, a mere 14% hold board seats, and just 2% are CEOs, according to a 2013 study by PwC.

Raphael Afaedor and Gbolahon Fagbure, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Supermart.ng

Since 2011, we have seen annual e-commerce growth of 35% on average in Nigeria: Raphael Afaedor and Gbolahon Fagbure, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Supermart.NG (Video)

Supermart.NG is a grocery e-commerce platform that delivers over 50,000 items to customers across Lagos, Nigeria, in as little as 3 hours, 7 days a week.

Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Transcorp and UBA

Game Changers Africa: A profile of Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, UBA and Transcorp (Video)

Former Nigerian banker turned philanthropist & entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu, is profiled.

Nadine Gordimer

South African anti-apartheid writer Nadine Gordimer dies at age 90

The Nobel laureate and South African author Nadine Gordimer has passed away, according to her family.

Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)

Nigeria's $1B Sovereign Wealth Fund Releases New Website

Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), recently released a revamped version of its website.