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Kenyan opposition leaders (L-R), Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Nick Salat hold hands as they announce their alliance during the 2017 general elections aspirants conference organised by the opposition parties in the capital Nairobi, Kenya January 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenya's five main opposition parties form super alliance to challenge Kenyatta

Kenyan opposition political parties announced an alliance on Wednesday to fight the August presidential and parliamentary elections against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s coalition.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Strive Masiyiwa builds broadcast empire to challenge MultiChoice

Econet Group is building a broadcasting empire that could challenge MultiChoice’s dominance in the payTV market across the continent.

Edwin Dande, Managing Partner & CEO, Cytonn Investments. Credit: capitalfm.co.ke

Kenya set to remain a hotspot for private equity investments in East Africa

According to Cytonn Investments, Kenya will remain a hotspot for private equity (PE) with global deal makers expected to continue to be attracted by the country’s improved business environment.

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.

Yemi Alade and D'Banj with their awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Credit: businessoffashion.com/Getty

Why Africa's Musicians Are a Marketing Goldmine

Stylish, dynamic and extremely popular, Africa’s music stars are brand ambassadors for many multinationals in Africa but the fashion industry has yet to grasp their value.

A Protea Hotels location now owned by Marriott International

Why Marriott's Expansion in Africa Could Mean Long-Term Gains

Marriott opened its first property in sub-Saharan Africa, the 254-room Kigali Marriott in Rwanda, in early October.

Africa's Private Equity Promise And What It Can Deliver

Africa's Private Equity Promise And What It Can Deliver

The fundamental precept of Private Equity (PE) is to transform a company and improve it, thus allowing it to achieve its full capability by enhancing its operational structure.

Africa’s rising middle class – and why it matters. Credit: newafricanmagazine.com

Africa's rising middle class - and why it matters

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), as far back as 2011 there were already 313 million people – or 34 per cent of the continent’s total population – that could be referred to as middle class.

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.

iHub

Africa's tech hubs

Innovation hubs have become a mainstay of Africa’s emerging technology ecosystem.

Africa's banker of tomorrow

Armed with fintech and fueled by data: Africa's banker of tomorrow

Markets in Shanghai closed up today on news that the Chinese bullet train manufacturer Fujian Corp won the contract to connect Casablanca to Abidjan.

Kenyan banks want a bigger share of the mobile money action. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Kenyan banks are closing in on what they think will be the perfect M-PESA disruptor (Infographic)

Early next year, Kenyan banks are expected to unveil a digital and mobile money transfer platform to rival M-Pesa’s longstanding dominance as the scramble for cashless payments intensifies.

Volkswagen moves into Kenya & Rwanda in Africa expansion

Volkswagen moves into Kenya & Rwanda in Africa expansion

Volkswagen on Wednesday opened a new assembly plant in Kenya and launched plans for a ride-sharing service in Rwanda as it seeks to take advantage of surging car demand in Africa.

Modderfontein New City, Johannesburg, South Africa

11 giant infrastructure projects that are reshaping Africa

By the United Nations’ estimate, the continent will see its current population of 1.2 billion double by the year 2050.

Port of Mombasa, Kenya

Why Invest in Africa? The Big Picture

While the last couple of years have been tough for African equities and currencies, we believe the long-term case for investing in Africa remains intact.

Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom buys Neotel for $466M to form Africa's largest fiber network

Africa’s largest fiber network will be formed as Liquid Telecom buys South African converged network operator Neotel.

Ethiopia Opens Massive Gibe 3 Hydroelectric Dam on Omo River

Ethiopia Opens Massive Gibe 3 Hydroelectric Dam on Omo River

Ethiopia on Saturday officially opened the Gibe 3 hydroelectric dam, which is among the biggest in Africa, despite concerns by environmentalists about its impact downstream and upon neighboring countries.

How Kenya has become a geothermal superpower

How Kenya has become a geothermal superpower (Video)

Kenya is a global superpower of the flower trade, and Oserian, one of the largest fair-trade flower farms in the country, is a major reason why.

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

When the pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv launched in 2012, the Nairobi-based company was one of the first to recognize the untapped potential of the online market on the continent.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Safaricom in talks with five firms on M-PESA's future

Mobile service provider Safaricom has announced that it is in discussions with five companies to broaden the availability of M-PESA services.

All eyes on Africa tech

All eyes on Africa tech

Forget bootstraps. Africa is a continent dragging itself up by its code strings to become a global player – but it needs more software developers, writes Brett Parker, SAP Africa Managing Director.

Felichesmi Mramba, Managing Director, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO)

Tanzania plans Ethiopia energy imports as 12-nation regional power pool emerges

Tanzania expects to begin importing electricity from Ethiopia in 2019 when the eastern African nations complete interconnection grids currently to form a regional power pool.

Geoffrey Odundo, CEO, Nairobi Securities Exchange. Credit: marcopolis.net

Nairobi Securities Exchange to start offering ETFs in diversification drive

The Nairobi Securities Exchange expects its first exchange traded fund (ETF) to be approved by the regulator this year and trading to start soon after.

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.

Across Africa, 3 in 4 countries improve business environment

Across Africa, 3 in 4 countries improve business environment (Infographic)

Almost three-quarters of African countries saw an improvement in their business environments in 2016, according to the Doing Business 2017 report published in October by the World Bank.

Kenya's Little Cab app is set to take on Uber in Uganda and Nigeria

Safaricom's Little Cab, Kenya's Uber rival, is launching in Nigeria and Uganda

Little Cab, the ride-hailing app backed by telecoms operator Safaricom, is slowly giving Uber a run for its money in Kenya.

She Leads Africa runs networking events in Lagos and Abuja, as well as Accra, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Credit: FT

African start-up helps and inspires young female entrepreneurs

In Zambia, one of their blogs is the undisputed arbiter of style. In South Africa, one of their apps is the gateway to private beaches and pop-up dining.

Food for thought: Cover of ‘Longthroat Memoirs’ by Yemisi Aribisala © Cassava Republic

Publisher's expansion brings Nigerian writers to world stage

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned in 2009 about the danger of hearing a “single story” about a person, country or continent.

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya plans to begin constructing its first nuclear power plant at a cost of $5 billion by 2021 as the country seeks to bring down the cost of electricity.

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Three years ago, MallforAfrica joined the raft of Nigerian tech start-ups attracting private equity and venture capital backing.

Felix Olale, Partner, LeapFrog Investments

LeapFrog acquires $22M majority stake in Kenya's Goodlife Pharmacy (Video)

LeapFrog Investments, a leading specialist investor in emerging markets, today announced its acquisition of a USD 22m majority stake in Kenya’s GoodLife Pharmacy.

Spotlight on East Africa Private Equity: African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Spotlight on East Africa Private Equity (Report & Infographic): African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

Between 2010 and 2016 H1, there were 167 reported private equity deals in East Africa totaling $1.4 billion.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The rise of Africa's megacities

Over the last 35 years, the share of Africa’s population living in urban areas climbed from 27% to 40%.

Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: investinginafrica.net/Ninara

Kenya's top three dividend stocks

Dividend stocks can provide a great foundation for an investment portfolio.

Jeff Schlapinski, Director of Research, EMPEA

Private equity investment in Africa heats up as pension funds stay local

African private equity is having its moment in the sun, with pension funds on the continent ready to invest in their own backyard as investment banks continue to retreat from lending and domestic strategies mature.

Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Facebook Africa. Credit: Memeburn

Facebook is boosting its advertising teams in Africa

Facebook is building a team of young executives to win digital advertising dollars from small and medium sized businesses across Africa’s major markets.

Dangote Industries cement plant in Dakar, Senegal

Gulf investments in Africa beginning to spread far and wide

Traditionally, investments from the Arabian Gulf into Africa have focused on North Africa, owing partly to closer cultural ties and the Gulf’s focus on western markets. This scenario is slowly changing and so too are the pan-African investment strategies of Gulf investors.

Ericsson bets on fast-growing broadband demand in Africa

Ericsson bets on fast-growing broadband demand in Africa

Ericsson is betting that fast-growing demand for mobile Internet services in sub-Saharan Africa will also boost sales for the world’s biggest mobile telecoms equipment maker.

Bryan Leith, COO, KPMG Africa

Africa's Economic Prospects: Bryan Leith, ‎COO, KPMG Africa

While on a road show for US clients, Bryan Leith, chief operating officer of KPMG’s global Africa practice, sat down with Global Finance to discuss the continent’s economic prospects.

There's still room for growth. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

The "Africa Rising" story isn't over yet, despite China's slowdown and flagging growth in Nigeria and South Africa

The idea that African economies are on the way up first became popular around 2010, buoyed by a commodities boom and improved governance across the continent. Now, with flat commodity prices and slowing demand from China, the narrative of “Africa Rising” has mostly fallen out of fashion.