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Fund manager sees continuing growth from rising African consumer markets juggernaut.

Fund manager sees continuing growth from rising African consumer markets juggernaut

“Africa is fast becoming an important profit driver for some of the largest multinational consumer based companies,” says Insync’s Monik Kotech.

Jose Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos, Chairman of FSDEA

Angola sovereign wealth fund FSDEA says half of investments in private equity

Angola’s sovereign wealth fund said it put more than half of its investments in private equity funds focused in the country and across sub-Saharan Africa last year, describing its performance as “solid,” particularly in light of the global economic turbulence.

Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group. Credit: M&A Advisor

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj readies Nigerian fertilizer and East African insurance deals

Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity firm, is in the final stages of approval for three transactions in sub-Saharan Africa and will probably make further investments in the region before the end of the year, partner Sev Vettivetpillai said on Thursday.

Arif Naqvi, Founder & Group CEO, Abraaj Group

Abraaj-led group could bid for 35% of Barclays Africa

Buyout firm Abraaj Group is leading a group of investors planning to bid for a minority stake in Barclays Plc’s African unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

Issam Darwish, Founder, Singularity Investments. Credit: forbes.com

Singularity invests in mobile advertising startup Sliide Airtime

Singularity Investments announced on Wednesday that it had invested an undisclosed sum into Sliide Airtime, a mobile advertising technology start-up that gives consumers free airtime in return for engaging with news and branded content delivered to the lock screen of their mobile devices.

Michael Ugwu, General Manager, West Africa, Sony Music Entertainment

Michael Ugwu is leading the Nigerian music revolution (Video)

Lagos is a city with a vibrant music scene and is, arguably, the music capital of Africa. When Sony Entertainment, one of the world’s largest record labels, decided to start operations in West Africa, the company turned to Michael Ugwu to be its General Manager.

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.

Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, Uber Nigeria

How Uber is changing life in Nigeria (Video)

Few things affect life in Lagos like traffic. However, Ebi Atawodi, Uber‘s General Manager in Nigeria, thinks Uber is making a difference in people’s lives.

Justin Clarke, CEO, One Africa Media & Acting CEO, Ringier One Africa Media

Ringier Africa and One Africa Media form joint venture

Ringier Africa and One Africa Media (OAM) have agreed to merge their pan-African Classifieds assets to create and grow Africa’s largest classifieds group.

"Industries serving consumer staples and discretionary spending fetch the highest prices because of favorable demographics in the growing middle class," says Rory Ord, RisCura's Head of Valuations

Private Equity Firms Bid Up Africa M&A Prices on Record Funds

The prices private equity firms pay for stakes in African companies are the highest in six years, driven by record fundraising and competition for the continent’s expanding middle class.

Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank

As Bob Diamond readies Barclays Africa bid, South Africa warns on bank buyouts

South Africa raised caution over Bob Diamond’s potential offer for Barclays Plc’s local unit, with the central bank signaling that private-equity bidders for the country’s third-largest lender would face opposition from regulators.

Tony Elumelu, Chairman, UBA Group. Credit: brandessencenigeria.com

Nigeria's UBA plans African expansion, says Chairman Tony Elumelu

United Bank for Africa (UBA) plans to increase its presence in Africa outside Nigeria to 25 countries from 18 now and inject capital into its subsidiaries in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, its chairman said on Tuesday.

Nollywood money is big money (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

Nigeria's 'Netflix of Africa' iROKOtv made a 3,000% return for investors

As Nigeria’s tech space has matured over the last few years, it has drawn the attention—and money—of curious investors.

Uche and Chimamanda Adichie in Lagos, Nigeria, 2016

Why Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Considers Her Sister a "Firm Cushion" at Her Back

I remember standing at the foot of the long stairway in our new house, too frightened to climb, everything big and unfamiliar, until my sister Uche silently took my hand and we went up together.

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director-General of Nigeria's National Pension Commission (PenCom)

Where next for Nigeria's economy? Chinelo Anohu-Amazu Nigeria's PenCom DG weighs in (Video)

The Director-General of Nigeria‘s National Pension Commission (PenCom) Chinelo Anohu-Amazu discusses pension contribution plans and the country’s economy.

Olatorera Oniru, CEO, Dress Me Outlet

Meet the Nigerian woman who is building the fashion Amazon of Africa

Olatorera Oniru is one of Nigeria’s most assiduous and ambitious young entrepreneurs. The 29 year-old lady is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com, a Lagos-based e-commerce startup that retails fashion products sourced from across the globe.

Elnathan John, Author of "Born on a Tuesday"

I want to show that things are never simple: Elnathan John, Author of the novel "Born on a Tuesday"

The Nigerian writer and satirist on his first novel, Born on a Tuesday, a study of a young man caught up in Islamic fundamentalism.

Michelle Kathryn Essomé, CEO, AVCA

Africa had record levels of private equity exits in 2015: AVCA & EY

African private equity firms cashed in on investments last year at the highest rate in almost a decade, with South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Kenya accounting for two-thirds of these exits.

Denis Duverne, Director, Deputy CEO, AXA

AXA expands Africa operations in joint venture with Lloyd's specialty group Chaucer

AXA is targeting the rapidly expanding market for African specialty insurance by partnering with Chaucer, a Lloyd’s specialty insurance group.

Ghana's startup hub pioneer MEST is going pan-African with a $50 million fund

Ghana's startup hub pioneer MEST is going pan-African with a $50 million fund

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has built one of Africa’s best known startup ecosystems in Accra, Ghana over the last eight years—and now it’s doubling down on a push to take its vision pan-African.

South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay to partner with AG Leventis in Nigeria expansion move

South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay to partner with AG Leventis in Nigeria expansion move

South African supermarket operator Pick n Pay plans to expand into Nigeria next year through a partnership with a local conglomerate, as it seeks to reduce its reliance on its home market, it said on Tuesday.

The Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria

Vantage Capital commits $20 million to leading Nigerian property development company Landmark Africa

Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced on Wednesday that it has committed $20 million to Landmark Africa, one of Nigeria’s leading property developers.

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, begins construction of $1B cement plant In Nigeria

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, begins construction of $1B cement plant in Nigeria

Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement producer which is controlled by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, on Sunday began the construction of a new $1 billion cement factory in Okpella, Edo state, in Nigeria’s southern region.

Olam steps up Nigeria milling business with $150 million investment

Olam steps up Nigeria milling business with $150 million investment

Olam aims to cement its wheat milling stature in Nigeria. The agribusiness company is stepping up its wheat milling business in Nigeria as it invests $150 million in the country.

Why Nigerian entrepreneurs should solve other problems apart from ecommerce: Dotun Olowoporoku, Founder, Starta Africa

Why Nigerian entrepreneurs should solve other problems apart from ecommerce: Dotun Olowoporoku, Founder, Starta Africa

Nigeria is almost a victim of it’s size. It’s almost too easy to have big ambition.

Hotel Novotel Dakar, Senegal. An AccorHotels property

Hotel development in Africa jumps 30% to 64,000 rooms for 2016

The number of planned hotel rooms for 2016 in Africa has soared to 64,000 in 365 hotels, up almost 30% on the previous year, according to new figures from the annual W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey.

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.

Kamar Abass, CEO, Ntel

Nigeria's Ntel seeks $1 billion for mobile broadband growth

Nigerian Internet provider Ntel is seeking more than $1 billion to invest in 4G mobile broadband by 2020 as the owner of the former state landline company seeks to take advantage of a rising number of smartphone users in Africa’s most populous country.

Stephane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange

French telco giant Orange to invest $85 million in Nigerian e-commerce group Africa Internet Group

French telecommunications company Orange is to invest 75 million euro ($85 million) in Nigerian e-commerce group Africa Internet Group (AIG) and become a shareholder, the two companies said on Tuesday.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote (Left), has a net worth of about US$18 billion, according to Forbes. Tom Saater/Bloomberg

Ranks of African millionaires swell

The sinking tide of commodity prices has lowered incomes for the rich and poor, but for a growing class of African millionaires, the effect may be less painful than for others.

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.

Uche Orji, CEO, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. newafricanmagazine.com

Nigeria's sovereign wealth fund grew assets by 20% to $1.07B in 2015, says CEO Uche Orji

Total assets of Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund grew to 213.67 billion naira ($1.07 billion) in 2015, up by 20 percent compared with the previous year, its managing director said on Friday.

Maitama Mixed Use Development, Abuja, Nigeria (Illustration). Credit: Eris/estateintel.com

Eris and Momentum to invest over $308M in West African real estate

Momentum Global Investment Management (MGIM) and the Eris Property Group have allocated over $308 million for real estate investments in West Africa in the 1st Quarter of 2016.

Chris Folayan, Founder and CEO, MallForAfrica

Mall For Africa: How a Nigerian built an African e-commerce empire from his bedroom

As an Africa business coach and consultant I have the pleasure of wandering through African business news and related success stories as part of my job.

Nigerian pop star, D'banj has been one of the continent's biggest names over the years (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

The sound of young urban Africa is set to take over the world's pop charts

London has long been one of the world’s most influential pop culture centers, particularly with fashion and music.

Wizkid

Meet Wizkid: Nigeria's Best-Dressed Pop Star

Wizkid is pretty much the biggest thing in Nigerian pop, which itself seems to advance on the global music stage almost as quickly as the country’s economy, one of the fastest growing in the world.

Davido

How Davido Became African Pop Music's Fortunate Son

Once, while on a Greyhound layover in Birmingham, Alabama, David Adedeji Adeleke, the Nigerian pop star now better known as Davido, spotted a familiar face on the CD rack of a bus station rest stop.

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.

Africa - The Race Between Debt and Growth

Africa: The Race Between Debt and Growth

As sentiment toward emerging markets has turned negative over the past few years, African economies have not been spared from the ensuing rout.

Shop Africa 2016: Knight Frank

Shop Africa 2016 (Report & Infographics): Knight Frank

Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a wave of modern shopping mall development. The retail sector has become a major focus for development activity in recent years, as investors have been attracted by the growth potential of African consumer markets.

Huawei looks to Africa to cut network deals

Huawei looks to Africa to cut network deals

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has spread rapidly across the African continent.

Hospitality Market Snapshot 2015 - Oil Economies - Accra, Lagos and Luanda (Report): HTI Consulting

Hospitality Market Snapshot 2015 - Oil Economies - Accra, Lagos and Luanda: HTI Consulting (Report)

Between 2011 and 2012, the price of oil was at its highest levels in recent times, at close to $110 per barrel. By the end of 2014, an oversupply of oil saw the price of oil drop to below $100 per barrel. In 2015, prices dropped as low as $49. In 2016, prices have dipped as low as $30 and currently stand at about $40 per barrel.