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Tunde Kehinde, Co-Founder, Africa Courier Express (ACE)

Africa Courier Express (ACE): The app that's beating the traffic in Lagos (Photos)

On the streets of Lagos, motorcycles, cars and daredevil cyclists weave through the lanes, jostling for space to avoid getting stuck in the chaotic traffic jams.

Christina Sass, Co-Founder & COO, Andela

Andela to invest in its graduates’ startups

Andela, a company working to bring the top 1% of African tech talent to engineering teams in need of capable, skilled developers, will eventually invest in the startups from those who complete its four-year program.

Opeyemi Awoyemi, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Olalekan Olude, Founders of jobs site Jobberman. Credit: Jobberman/theguardian.com

Here are Africa's top 10 tech pioneers

Africa’s digital transformation would be nothing without the tens of thousands of people who have invested, and continue to invest, energy into propelling it forward.

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, technology is playing an increasingly significant role.

This Startup Trains Africa's Elite Coding Apprentices For Giants Like IBM & Microsoft

This Startup Trains Africa's Elite Coding Apprentices For Giants Like IBM & Microsoft

As a teenager growing up in Lomé, the capital of Togo, Faiçal Tchirou taught himself to code at a cybercafé. He wanted to help his mother manage the small pharmacy she owned.

John Tanui, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA)

First phase of Kenya's smart city Konza is ready for development, says Konza Development CEO John Tanui

The first country in the region to set up a smart city, Konza Techno City, Kenya is way ahead in East Africa’s ICT development race.

UK investors eye Africa's burgeoning opportunities

Africa is one of the few bright spots on the global economic horizon, says billionaire investor George Soros

Investor and philanthropist George Soros has described Africa as ‘one of the few bright spots on the global economic horizon’, while consultants McKinsey say that the continent offers higher returns than any other developing region.

Fred Swaniker, Founder and Chairman of the African Leadership Group (ALG). Credit: ted.com

Fred Swaniker's plan to build 25 world-class universities in Africa

Fred Swaniker, the founder of the African Leadership Network (ALN), has plans to launch 25 world-class, African-focused universities in the next 25 to 30 years, which he estimates will be educating around 250,000 people at any given time.

Government funding is just one avenue for African tech. Credit: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg; Eduard Gismatullin/Bloomberg. institutionalinvestor.com

Government funding is just one avenue for African tech

Hoping to reap the economic benefits of a digital revolution, several African countries are seeking to build their own versions of Silicon Valley.

4 reasons investors should seriously look to Africa for tech

4 reasons investors should seriously look to Africa for tech

In recent years, Africa has become a hotbed of technological innovation. The spread of mobile technology has spurred new companies, such as delivery service MamaMikes, which allows dispersed family members to send gifts …

Africa is the new China

Africa is the new China: Here is why you should care

Apart from the fact that one is a continent and the other a country, Africa is the new China. This seems like an odd idea at first. After all, China has a booming economy, and African countries are poverty-stricken, politically volatile, and unjustifiable business risks. Right? Wrong.

Ato Eshetu, CEO, Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX)

Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) appoints Ato Eshetu as CEO

The Board of Directors Office of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange today announced the appointment of Ato Ermias Eshetu as Chief Executive Officer of the ECX.

Safaricom completes migration of M-PESA platform to Kenya

Safaricom completes migration of M-PESA platform to Kenya and plans to open up M-PESA APIs

After two years of intercontinental conference calls, eight test runs, and countless hours put in by 320 consultants, Safaricom has successfully completed the migration of its M-PESA mobile money platform to its data center in Kenya.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Develop a strategy for Africa now before it's too late, say Africa investment specialists Melissa Cook, CFA & Walé Adeosun, CFA

An advisory council appointed by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to expand business opportunities in Africa is now in full swing.

An illustrator works on a digital drawing board at the Kuluya Games office at Anthony district in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

10 technology trends to watch in Africa in 2015

Because connectivity defines modern prosperity, and because Africa will not be able to build roads fast enough to manage its growth, the continent will be the first to adopt cargo drones at massive scale.

IBM Research Africa

IBM launches research lab in Johannesburg. 2nd research lab in Africa after Nairobi

IBM today announced plans to expand IBM Research – Africa with a new laboratory in Johannesburg beginning April 2015.

Paga is a direct-to-consumer mobile payments service based in Nigeria.

Nigeria Rising: Inside Africa's Cradle of Innovation

At 170 million people including a growing middle class and a giant youth market, Nigeria contains Africa’s largest population.

Mteto Nyati, Chief Enterprise Officer, MTN

MTN appoints former Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati as new Group Chief Enterprise Officer

MTN has appointed former Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati as its new group chief enterprise officer. The appointment is effective 1 October.

Penny Pritzker, US Commerce Secretary, at the US-Africa Business Forum

Africa Summit Set the Stage for US Business. Now What?

As the dust settles after the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit that took place in early August in Washington, a clearer picture is emerging of what it achieved.

Konga Mall

Africa's tech start-ups of the future

Silicon Africa is gaining attention, investment, and momentum.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos vs. Kenya vs. South Africa: Which is Africa's ICT capital?

Why is it Lagos up there and not Nigeria? Because Lagos almost qualifies as a country of its own right now.