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Real GDP Growth Rates (2007 - 2017) of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart)

Real GDP Growth Rates (2007 - 2017) of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart)

Visualizations of Real GDP Growth Rates of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart) from 2007 – 2017.

iHub, Nairobi, Kenya

A few things we learned about tech hubs in Africa: GSMA (Infographic)

The last mapping exercise done by the World Bank in September 2015 listed less than 120 tech hubs in Africa. As of July 2016, GSMA’s research suggests there are 314 active tech hubs in Africa.

Mobile Economy - Africa 2016: GSMA

The mobile economy - Africa 2016: GSMA (Infographics & Report)

At the end of 2015, 46% of the population in Africa subscribed to mobile services, equivalent to more than half a billion people. The region’s three dominant markets – Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa – together accounted for around a third of the region’s total subscriber base.

Edoh Kossi Amenounve, General Manager, BRVM

West African BVRM exchange's revenue more than doubles in one year to $362M

Turnover on West Africa’s BRVM bourse more than doubled over the past year, reaching 209.26 billion CFA francs ($362.2 million) in late May.

Edoh Kossi Amenounve, CEO, Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM)

West African stock markets are planning to join forces (Video)

Stock exchanges in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, as well as the BRVM are in talks to develop a common platform for cross-border listing and trading in West Africa, to create broader and deeper liquidity across the region.

Two Rivers, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

Africa: A land of opportunity for property investors

UAE investors have been urged to follow in the footsteps of the Majid Al Futtaim Group and the Landmark Group by pursuing property opportunities in East Africa.

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.

Elite, stylish and extravagant, the social scene at the annual Lagos polo tournament is as much of a show as the game on the pitch (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Fascinators and fizz in elite Lagos Polo Club

Elite, stylish and extravagant, the social scene at the annual Lagos polo tournament is as much of a show as the game on the pitch.

Orange buys Bharti Airtel operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone

Orange buys Bharti Airtel operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone

French telecom incumbent Orange has agreed to acquire Bharti Airtel’s businesses in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone in a continuation of its expansion strategy in West Africa.

France's Orange acquires Liberia's largest cell phone company Cellcom in Africa expansion move

France's Orange acquires Liberia's largest cell phone company Cellcom in Africa expansion move

France’s Orange has agreed to buy Cellcom Liberia from privately held Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd. for an undisclosed sum as part of its expansion strategy in West Africa.

Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast

President Alassane Ouattara sees transformative potential in Ivory Coast's economic comeback

President Alassane Ouattara sees transformative potential in Ivory Coast’s economic comeback — not just for his country, but also for the largely untapped and underserved west African market of more than 300m.

Compelling investment markets in Africa. Credit: sc.com

Compelling investment markets in Africa - Inside Riscura's Bright Africa 2015 Report: Debbie O’Hanlon, Senior Analyst, RisCura (Infographics)

Africa is not a single investment destination with a single set of standardized risk factors and homogenous potential for reward.

Africa’s richest man plans to almost double the continent’s cement production by 2020

Africa's richest man plans to almost double the continent's cement production by 2020 (Infographic)

Africa’s cement wars are heating up. Dangote Cement, owned by Africa’s richest man, Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, has revealed its agreement with a Chinese construction company to build cement plants in 11 countries.

Clock ticking for Nigeria's Buhari

Clock ticking for Nigeria's Buhari

Apart from three appointments – two spokesmen and a chief of protocol – there were no new hirings. It was a puzzling departure from tradition. Since 1999, every new president makes a cluster of top appointments – including national security adviser, chief of staff and military chiefs – within the first 24 hours in office.

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.

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

Nigeria's President Buhari announces weapons production plan

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday Nigeria planned to ramp up the domestic production of weapons for its armed forces, in an effort to cut the country’s dependence on imported arms.

Africa50 has held its first constitutive General Assembly this Wednesday 29 July 2015 in Casablanca

Africa50 Infrastructure Fund raises $830M in first closing

Africa50 has held its first constitutive General Assembly this Wednesday 29 July 2015 in Casablanca Africa50, the new and innovative infrastructure investment…

Nigerian billionaire business man Aliko Dangote. Credit: Benedicte Kurzen/NOOR/theafricareport.com

Billionaire Aliko Dangote's smooth landing

With a new government in power, the business magnate is betting on his huge refinery and agriculture projects taking off. Meanwhile, Dangote Cement continues an expansion plan that has left others scrambling to catch up.

Abidjan-based Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) regional stock exchange covers eight countries in Francophone West Africa.

London Stock Exchange eyes dual listings on West African capital markets

Following on from partnerships and dual listings with a number of African capital markets, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is looking to foster dual listings with the West African regional exchange.

Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director, Jovago

Why you should take chances: Marek Zmyslowski, Managing Director of top African hotel booking website Jovago (Video)

Marek Zmyslowski is the CEO and Managing Director of Lagos-based Jovago. Jovago is an online marketplace that connects travellers across Africa with hotels. Jovago enables customers to secure hotel rooms through an online platform that is faster, cheaper, and easier than the alternative of making a phone call.

Major General (Ret.) Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's President-Elect

We will effectively deal with them in a few months: Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's President-Elect, vows to stop Boko Haram (Video)

Muhammadu Buhari made history on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 when he became the first opposition presidential candidate in Nigeria to beat a sitting president in an election.

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 …

Kevin Murray, MD for West and Central Africa, Citi

Prospects in Francophone Africa are bright: Kevin Murray, MD for West and Central Africa, Citi

Kevin Murray, MD for West and Central Africa, Citi French-speaking West and Central Africa are generating strong revenues and could emerge as…

Konza Techno City (Illustration)

Here are seven of Africa's largest infrastructure projects currently under construction (Photos)

Photos of seven of Africa’s largest infrastructure projects currently under construction.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nigeria postponing February 14 elections amid security issues in the northeast

Nigeria‘s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will postpone the February 14 presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure parts of the northeastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram.

Orange and Ecobank launch money transfer service between Orange Money accounts and bank accounts

Orange and Ecobank launch money transfer service between Orange Money accounts and bank accounts

Orange (http://www.orange.com) and pan-African banking group Ecobank have rolled out a service that will enable Orange Money subscribers who also have bank accounts with Ecobank to transfer money between their respective accounts.

Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

It's time to change the Africa narrative: Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

I recently watched the BBC documentary, “Rwanda: The Untold Story” which first aired on October 1st, 2014. For those of us who have lived through the 1994 genocide, the documentary is quite puzzling.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan makes surprise visit to insurgency-hit northeast

President Goodluck Jonathan made a surprise visit to insurgency-plagued northeast Nigeria on Thursday, a rebuff to critics who say he has ignored the plight of victims of Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria's All Progressive Congress (APC)

Will Muhammadu Buhari be Nigeria's next president?

For the first time in Nigeria’s 16 years of democracy, there is real chance that the president could be someone other than the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Harmattan wind

How not to write about Africa: Use "African Spring"

On October 30, as thousands of determined Burkinabe put an end to the 27 year rule of their Western-backed autocratic leader, Blaise Compaoré, journalist Hewete Selassie asked a question (in a tweet) that pops up whenever mass protests break out somewhere in Africa: “So is #BurkinaFaso the beginning of the African #Arabspring?”

Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank and Daniel Monehin, MasterCard

MasterCard and Ecobank partner to accelerate electronic payments adoption in 28 Sub-Saharan African countries

Ecobank Transnational Inc. (“Ecobank”) and MasterCard, http://newsroom.mastercard.com/ today announced  a multi-country licensing agreement which will provide access to MasterCard’s electronic payments solutions for Ecobank’s customers in a further 23 African countries.

Trojan General Contracting

Arabian Gulf companies commit $19B to West Africa infrastructure projects

African countries secured commitments from companies in the Persian Gulf totaling $19 billion to invest in roads, railways and airports at the first West Africa Investment Forum held in Dubai on Tuesday.

Nigerian Children

Fact of the Day: Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of the United States by 2050

Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of the United States by 2050, according to the United Nations.

Oil and Gas

Oando completes $1.65B acquisition of ConocoPhillips' Nigerian assets

Nigerian oil company Oando (OANDO.LG) completed a $1.5 billion deal to buy ConocoPhillips’s assets in Nigeria on Wednesday, catapulting it to be one of the top players in the West African country’s emerging indigenous oil and gas exploration industry.

Wale Tinubu, Group CEO, Oando PLC

Meet Wale Tinubu, The Man Building Africa's Largest Energy Company (Part Two)

This is part two of an exclusive interview with Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive Officer of Oando PLC, a sub Saharan African indigenous integrated energy group.

Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi (L) speaks to French industrialist Vincent Bollore at a ceremony marking the beginning of construction on a railway that will connect Togo, Benin, and Niger, in Cotonou, April 8, 2014.

Three key themes for the future of investment in Africa: Anthony Thunstrom, Chief Operating Officer, Global Africa Practice, KPMG

As recently as two years ago, a typical conversation with a multi-national company wanting to invest in Africa would be peppered with questions around corruption, political stability and sustainability – all reflecting a weight of negative stereotypes that we seemed unable to shake off.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nothing is more important than bringing home Nigeria's missing girls: Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

I have had to remain quiet about the continuing efforts by Nigeria’s military, police and investigators to find the girls kidnapped in April from the town of Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ("GEJ") of Nigeria is clueless, incompetent, and callous: 35 reasons why this is a big lie

The Economist magazine recently published an article on Nigeria in which it described the government of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (“GEJ”) as “A clueless government”.