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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.

Peter Baird, Managing Principal, African Private Equity, Investec Asset Management

Investec Hires Baird To Lead Africa Private Equity Efforts

International asset manager Investec Asset Management has named Peter Baird as managing principal for its Africa-oriented private equity funds.

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.

Nakumatt just sold a 25% slice of itself to an investment fund. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Nakumatt and Shoprite are attracting interest from international investors for their fast-growing markets (Infographic)

The investment case for Africa requires taking the long view, especially when it comes to thinking about serving consumers on the continent.

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.

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.

These 6 Sectors of Africa's Economy Are Poised for Growth - McKinsey

These 6 sectors of Africa's economy are poised for growth: McKinsey

In 2011, we published an article in HBR examining the surprisingly rapid growth of African economies and consumer markets.

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.

Business-to-business market in Africa to show $1 trillion growth by 2025, says McKinsey

Business-to-business market in Africa to show $1 trillion growth by 2025, says McKinsey

According to the World Bank, 35 of 47 economies in sub-Saharan Africa took at least one step in making it easier to do business in their country in 2015.

Africa's spending to exceed $5.6T by 2025: McKinsey

Africa's spending to exceed $5.6T by 2025: McKinsey

Africa’s household and business spending will top $5.6tn by 2025 and its manufacturing output could reach $93bn, according to a new McKinsey & Company report.

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Africa's largest companies are growing faster than their global peers, says new McKinsey report (Infographic)

Large companies in Africa are growing faster than their peers in the rest of the world, raking in $1.4 trillion in annual profits and contributing to government taxes and higher wages, a new McKinsey report finds.

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iROKO launches IrokoX online portal to showcase Africa's creative talent

Africa’s artists have a new online stage to showcase their talent. Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko has launched IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants to produce, distribute, and monetize short-form content.

Jumia staff in Lagos, Nigeria

The web startups looking to cash in on 1 billion African consumers (Photos)

It is a cliched image. Passengers lined up at the check-in desk for various flights back to African capitals, trolleys overloaded and suitcases straining at the weight limit.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv: From 'Netflix of Nigeria' to 'Nollywood' producer

When 36-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur Jason Njoku talks about em­bracing failure, he is speaking from experience.

Building the Entrepreneurial Base in Africa

Building the Entrepreneurial Base in Africa: J. Eric Wright, Chairman, Africa Venture Partners

J. Eric Wright was headed for Wall Street until he decided to take a year off in Africa. That short jaunt has stretched into nearly three decades on the continent — and led him to his life’s work.

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Online shopping startup MallForAfrica partners with e-commerce giant eBay

American eBay sellers will soon gain access to Africa’s biggest consumer markets.

3 reasons things are looking up for African economies: McKinsey & World Economic Forum

3 reasons things are looking up for African economies: McKinsey & World Economic Forum

In 2010 the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) described the potential and progress of African economies as “lions on the move”.

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

South Africa's MTN bets on mobile banking with new CEO

MTN’s new chief executive Rob Shuter has been brought in to boost profits at Africa’s biggest mobile phone group after a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria, by persuading its 200 million clients to use their handsets to store money and pay bills.

Luis Gravito, Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG

Boston Consulting Group opens office in Lagos, 4th in Africa

The Boston Consulting Group has opened an office in the Nigerian city of Lagos, its fourth in Africa.

Nigerian e-commerce site DealDey gets acquired by Swiss media group Ringier (Infographic)

Nigerian e-commerce site DealDey gets acquired by Swiss media group Ringier (Infographic)

The African subsidiary of Swiss media and e-commerce company Ringier has acquired Nigerian online shopping startup DealDey for an undisclosed amount.

AIG is the company behind Africa's largest e-commerce company Jumia

Goldman Sachs & MTN to invest $245M in Nigerian e-commerce firm Africa Internet Group (AIG)

Africa Internet Group (AIG) has secured €225 million ($245 million) in funding from investors including US bank Goldman Sachs, South African telecoms giant MTN and German startup incubator Rocket Internet.

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.

Nairobi is the most attractive city in Africa for foreign investment, says PwC.

Africa's big cities are investment bright spots, says private equity firms Abraaj and Actis

Like most emerging and frontier markets around the world, Africa’s largest economies have been affected by the drop in commodity prices over the past 18 months.

Nigerian businesses target 100% mobile-first market

Nigerian businesses target '100% mobile-first market' (Infographics)

In Nigeria, success for both tech start-ups and more conventional businesses such as banks and fast food restaurants means adapting to the age of what entrepreneurs have dubbed the “100 per cent mobile-first market”.

Africa - A continent of opportunity for pharma and patients - McKinsey

Africa - A continent of opportunity for pharma and patients: McKinsey (Infographics & Report)

Africa may be the only pharmaceutical market where genuinely high growth is still achievable. Here’s what’s driving that strength and how companies should react.

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.

Herbert Wigwe, CEO, Access Bank

Mobile telephony enables Nigerian banks to fine tune services

Uzoma Dozie can remember when really effective marketing by banks took a different form.

After decades of building up his cement business and expanding into sugar, flour, oil, and other commodities, Aliko Dangote today is worth $18.6 billion, making him Africa’s wealthiest man and among the world’s richest. Credit: Jon Chase/harvard.edu

The path to profits in Africa: Africa's richest man Dangote describes how businesses can succeed despite obstacles

When Aliko Dangote was building his business, running four cement trucks in Nigeria in the late 1970s, a relative gave him $750,000 to expand. Business was booming — there was a cement shortage — but instead of investing the money in the business, he gave it back.

Profits and pitfalls on the private equity path into Africa: Hurley Doddy, Co-Founder, Managing Director & Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners

Profits and pitfalls on the private equity path into Africa: Hurley Doddy, Founding Partner, Emerging Capital Partners

Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and an increasing number of investors believe private equity could prove an effective way in.

Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group

Ugandan millionaire Ashish Thakkar's Mara Group raising $100M to launch pan-African e-commerce platform

Dubai-based Mara Group is launching an Africa-wide online marketplace that it hopes will become the leading e-commerce business in Africa within less than four years.

South Africa’s bold priorities for inclusive growth - McKinsey Global Institute

5 things South Africa can do to raise GDP by $1 trillion & create 3.4 million jobs: McKinsey Global Institute (Infographics & Report)

In the two decades since South Africans worked together to transform their political landscape and usher in a new democracy, the country has made remarkable progress.

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With a billion Africans set to shop online, a new wave of start-ups is looking to cash in (Infographics)

Africa’s middle class is rising and they have money to spend. About a third of the continent spends between $4 to $20 a day—a group that is expected to grow to 42% by 2060, according to data from the Africa Development Bank. That’s more than a billion people.

Africa Report 2015 - Real Estate Markets in a Continent of Growth and Opportunity - Knight Frank

Africa Report 2015 - Real Estate Markets in a Continent of Growth and Opportunity: Knight Frank (Infographics & Report)

The Africa Report is a unique and market-leading publication which draws on the expertise of Knight Frank’s unrivalled network of property professionals in Africa. The report presents a wealth of material highlighting the growth of Africa’s economies, cities and real estate markets.

Nairobi, Kenya

Why And How You Can Profit Investing In Africa's 1.1 Billion Consumers

In the book “Win the Leadership Game – How Companies Can Create Unbeatable Global Teams,” by Jason Wingard, Vijay Mahajan is interviewed on the opportunities he sees in Africa.

The Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUBNigeria) in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: techpoint.ng

Yabacon Valley: Nigeria tech startup enclave springs up in Lagos suburb

At first glance, Yaba is like many other parts of Nigeria’s sprawling commercial capital: a cacophony of car horns and shouting street vendors mingling with exhaust fumes.

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote on the Africa opportunity

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote on the Africa opportunity (Video)

Dangote Group is one of Africa’s leading industrial conglomerates, with interests in everything from cement to food. Yet one of the most promising ventures, in the eyes of founder, president, and CEO Aliko Dangote, is to develop Nigeria’s natural-gas sector into an export industry.

Gloria Serobe, Founder & Executive Director, Wiphold

It's time for South African business to step up: Gloria Serobe, Founder & Executive Director, WIPHOLD

In all the discussions about who’s responsible for the woes of this country and who will lead us forward, there’s one player that seems to get a free pass.

Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Why South Africa must get real: Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Looking back on the last 20 years, there is much to celebrate about South Africa’s progress. Indeed, we could easily have become a Syria, Libya, Iraq, or Ukraine—but our leaders had the foresight and the wisdom to give us the amazing gift of a united, inclusive, nonracial constitutional democracy.

Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE

Accelerating South Africa's economic transformation: Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE

Most people do not realize that the General Electric Company first came to South Africa in 1898—it was among our first offices overseas. For a brief period, and as part of the global effort to end apartheid, we left the country.

Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

The Changing Face Of Business In Nigeria: Amy Jadesimi, MD, LADOL (Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base)

Ask most people what they think of Nigeria and the answer will likely include references to oil, population and corruption.

Brighter Africa - The growth potential of Sub-Saharan Africa's electricity sector - McKinsey

Brighter Africa: The growth potential of Sub-Saharan Africa's electricity sector - McKinsey (Report)

The power sector in sub-Saharan Africa offers a unique combination of transformative potential and attractive investment opportunity. In most countries, electricity is provided by expensive diesel generators, with prices ranging from three to six times what grid consumers pay across the world.

Diageo's Baileys Original Irish Cream - Could Africa be the motor for Baileys' future growth?

Diageo: Could Africa Be The Motor For Growth?

Diageo is a leading alcoholic beverage manufacturer, producing world famous brands such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Baileys, and Guinness.