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Lagos, Nigeria

Uber and its rivals are struggling to keep both drivers and riders happy in Lagos

It was only a year ago that Uber declared that its Lagos market was potentially bigger than its London market.

Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft

Microsoft to deliver Microsoft Cloud from datacenters in Africa from 2018: Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft

Microsoft will soon deliver cloud services from datacenters located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Multichoice City, Johannesburg, South Africa

MTN in talks to buy MultiChoice Africa, says report

MTN is in talks on a potential acquisition of pay-TV provider MultiChoice Africa, MyBroadband reports citing industry sources.

Nigerians would rather have a .com web address than .ng—and not just because it’s cheaper. Credit: AP/George Osodi/qz.com

Nigerians would rather have a .com web address than .ng - and not just because it's cheaper

On the internet, Nigerians are opting for more global identities through web addresses.

Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom

South Africa's Vodacom to buy 35% Of Kenya's Safaricom from parent Vodafone

Southern African telecoms giant Vodacom Group will buy a 34.94% stake in Kenyan operator Safaricom – known for its ground-breaking M-Pesa mobile money system.

afaricom hopes to spread across Africa. Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis

Safaricom is planning to expand M-Pesa mobile money across Africa

Safaricom is planning to take its successful mobile money service M-Pesa across Africa after building a dominant home base in Kenya and presence in its East African neighbors.

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Africa’s startup boom is moving into the used-vehicle space. Nigeria based Cars45.com raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group, a holding company whose backers include Balderton Capital, EchoVC, TPG Growth, and NEA.

Rob Shuter, CEO, MTN Group

MTN's new CEO starts job committing to investment in largest markets of Nigeria and South Africa

First-quarter sales rose 7.1 percent boosted by Nigeria and Iran. Carrier still has ‘work to do’ to meet full-year targets

Ismail Ahmed, Founder & CEO, WorldRemit

WorldRemit Africa revenue to double by 2020 on mobile money, says Founder & CEO Ismail Ahmed

Higher-paid African expatriates sending cash to home countries. Money-transfer company has Facebook backer Accel as investor.

Lidya

Leading Nigerian fintech startup Lidya closes $1.25M seed funding round

Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, announced in late March that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.

Lamin Manjang, Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA)

Kenya sets sights on green bonds after mobile phone issue

Kenya aims to issue its first ‘green’ bond this year, the initiative’s backers said on Friday, bolstering the nation’s reputation for financial innovation after the government launched the world’s first mobile phone bond earlier this month.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has announced plans to venture into the internet service provision business.

Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos is Africa's most valuable startup ecosystem

Lagos has the most valuable startup ecosystem in Africa, with the local entrepreneurship scene worth US$2 billion, according to a new report.

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya to offer mobile-only bond to investors

Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities.

Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder, Ndalo Media: The biggest enabler for African success is actually not necessarily external: Credit: Red Photographic/WSJ

How to encourage innovation in Africa: Khanyi Dhlomo, Ndalo Media Founder & Ashish Thakkar, Mara Group Founder

Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it.

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split company. Credit: qz.com

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split Safaricom

Kenya’s telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it had no plans to break up any company in the sector.

Ebenezer Asante, CEO, MTN Ghana. Credit: marcopolis.net

MTN Ghana prepares for IPO in 2017

MTN Ghana aims to complete preparations to list its shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in 2017.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Vodafone slams proposed split of Kenya's M-PESA as 'ridiculous'

Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented.

Mteto Nyati, outgoing CEO, MTN South Africa

MTN South Africa's CEO Mteto Nyati resigns, to be replaced by Motsa

Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator MTN Group said on Tuesday that Mteto Nyati, the chief executive of its South African unit, will be resigning in March and will be replaced by Godfrey Motsa on the same day.

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, announced on Monday it has acquired a minority equity interest in Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company.

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

Safaricom faces break-up call from Kenyan lawmaker

A Kenyan lawmaker proposed breaking up Safaricom, the country’s biggest telecoms operator, on Tuesday because of its role in providing mobile financial services.

Cyril Collon, General Partner, Partech Ventures

African tech startups raise record-breaking $370M in 2016: Partech Ventures (Infographic)

At Partech Ventures, we have been tracking for the past 3 years the dynamics of African tech investment, to better understand the investment landscape on the continent.

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Nigeria's leading hotel booking company Hotels.ng launches flight bookings

Hotels.ng, Nigeria’s leading hotel booking company has rolled out a new service – online flight bookings – on its website.

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

The Nigerian government says telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria must quickly conclude plans to get listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) or face regulatory penalties from their compliance failures.

Cape Town was the most important destination in 2016 for startup investments in Africa

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom

Pan-African Liquid Telecom Group has completed the $500M purchase of South Africa's Neotel

South African communications network operator Neotel has officially become part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom.

Orange Seeks Africa Deals as Wireless Carrier Eyes Expansion

Orange Seeks Africa Deals as Wireless Carrier Eyes Expansion

Orange SA is seeking deals in Africa as France’s biggest wireless carrier targets the continent as a source of additional revenue growth, according to a company official.

Who takes the throne? Credit: qz.com/HBO

ShowMax is stepping up its pan-African battle with Netflix by putting servers in Kenya

In the battle to become the preferred video content streaming service by a majority of Africans, content servers are the weapon of choice.

Bastian Gotter, Co-Founder, iROKO Partners

iROKOtv Co-Founder Bastian Gotter leaves the company to invest in African startups

Bastian Gotter is the Co-Founder of iROKO, the VC-backed African entertainment and tech company that has single-handedly changed the face of Nollywood content distribution.

Wizkid signed with Sony Music last year

Sony Music seeks Nigeria streaming growth to build on ringback market

Sony Music Entertainment sees big growth prospects for music streaming in Nigeria, thanks to falling internet data costs and a large, growing population, a senior executive told Reuters.

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable Wi-Fi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

How could Amazon deliver without an address? This startup may have the answer

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

A Jumia office: In 2016, Jumia became Africa's first "Unicorn". Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Here's what could happen if Africa's top mobile operators and start-ups work together

Telecom operators across the African continent continue to face significant risks when it comes to revenue growth.

Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform. Credit: linkedin.com

Betting on Africa's future: Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform

Last year, we decided to experiment with “organized early stage investing” in African technology companies.

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.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Founder & CEO, Zuvaa. Credit: good.is

How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online (Photos)

What started with a compliment turned one young woman’s idea into a million dollar business. When Kelechi Anyadiegwu started her online African clothing store Zuvaa with $500 two years ago, her idea was to share African-inspired designs with consumers around the world.

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.

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.

Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix

A new Netflix server in Nigeria will deliver faster streaming and content to its African users

News of Netflix’s expansion to Africa (and pretty much the rest of the world) in January was met with excitement on the continent.

Raphael Afaedor, Co-Founder & CEO, Supermart.ng. Credit: NdaniTV

How former Jumia MD is selling groceries online in Nigeria

Lagos’s infamous back-to-back traffic can turn a simple trip to the grocery store into a time-consuming ordeal.