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Fintech could do away with the need for ATMs. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

African fintech startups like Flutterwave and Paystack are raising record funds to drive financial inclusion (Infographic)

If you follow the right accounts for young African tech entrepreneurs on Twitter, it can feel like there’s a never ending debate about who gets funding or not in Africa.

Sim Tshabalala, CEO, Standard Bank Group

Africa's Biggest Bank Names Tshabalala as First Sole Black CEO

Standard Bank is now only South African lender with black CEO. Kruger will remain an executive director of the bank.

Capitec Bank

The Budget Bank Rattling South Africa's Financial Sector

A budget bank is booming in South Africa’s economic slump, challenging the decades-long dominance of the “big four” lenders and prompting a price war that is driving down banking costs in a country where many people can’t afford an account.

Nigeria's economy has suffered from falling oil prices but the worst may be over. Credit: CNN

Nigeria and South Africa emerge from recession

Two of the largest economies in Africa are growing again after recessions.

Quick Guide for Those Who Can't Figure Out the Naira's Worth

Quick Guide for Those Who Can't Figure Out the Naira's Worth (Infographics)

Monetary policy officials unified some of their multiple exchange rates when they let currency dealers quote naira levels used in actual trades this month.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

International Arrivals To Africa Reach More Than 18 Million In 2017: Euromonitor

Market Research Company Euromonitor International revealed earlier this week the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

Kenya Airways planes at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Kenya is king of domestic air travel in Africa (Infographic)

When it comes to domestic air travel in Africa, Kenya’s capital Nairobi is king.

Nigerian Investor Sets Up $135 Million Commodities Exchange

Nigerian Investor Sets Up $135 Million Commodities Exchange

A Nigerian startup is developing a new agricultural commodities exchange in Africa’s most populous country to take advantage of the government’s efforts to boost farming output to reduce reliance on oil.

eBay and MallForAfrica partner to sell African products in the US

eBay and MallForAfrica partner to sell African products in the US

Americans can now buy African goods on eBay through the company’s partnership with MallforAfrica.com.

This South African bank's stock price has jumped 50,000% since 2002

This South African bank's stock price has jumped 50,000% since 2002 (Infographics)

Nothing, outside a financial-market collapse on the scale of the Great Recession, can faze Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd.

Cape Town, South Africa

The African economy: Better than people think

Analysis of headline GDP figures in Africa would presuppose a region going through a period of prolonged stagnation.

Africa property offers rich pickings for the brave

Africa property offers rich pickings for the brave

Some property pundits believe there are major opportunities for investors or companies on the continent.

A.P. Moller raises $550 million for Africa infrastructure fund, targets $1 billion in 12 months. Credit: Instagram/imagesbyomidire/estate intel

A.P. Moller raises $550 million for Africa infrastructure fund, targets $1 billion in 12 months

A.P. Moller Holding, a privately-held investments company with approximately $20bn under management, has launched an Africa-focused infrastructure fund.

Jacob Zuma wants his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him as party leader

Can Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma succeed her ex-husband as South Africa's president?

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is keen to hand over the reins of power to the mother of his children.

Standard Bank Starts Prime Brokerage on South Africa Hedge Funds Growth Bet

Standard Bank Starts Prime Brokerage on South Africa Hedge Funds Growth Bet

Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa’s largest lender by assets, plans to start a prime brokerage next month to benefit from regulatory changes in South Africa it expects will boost the hedge-fund industry.

Flutterwave raises over $10 million in series A financing

Flutterwave, an online payments company founded by Nigerian 26-year old, raises over $10 million in series A financing (Infographic)

Flutterwave, which provides modern payments infrastructure for banks and businesses to make and accept payments across Africa, announced on Monday that it has raised over $10 million in a Series A round of funding.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the 26-year old Founder of Flutterwave and Andela

26-year-old founder wants to transform online payments in Africa

Aboyeji is the Co-Founder of Flutterwave, a payments API that makes it easier for banks and businesses to process payments across Africa.

Boye Olusanya, CEO, 9mobile. Credit: This Day

Former Etisalat Nigeria, 9mobile, is open to new investors, says CEO Boye Olusanya

Telecoms group 9mobile is open to new investors but will continue to manage the business in the meantime, its chief executive said on Wednesday at an event to officially announce the company’s new name to replace Etisalat Nigeria.

Johannesburg, South Africa

The top 10 wealthiest cities in Africa: AfrAsia Bank & New World Wealth (Infographic)

AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth recently reviewed the 10 wealthiest cities in Africa by total wealth held.

Travelers at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport

African countries are welcoming more tourists than ever before

Africa’s tourist spots were some of the fast-growing and popular destinations in the world last year.

Malusi Gigaba, South Africa's Minister of FinanceMalusi Gigaba, South Africa's Minister of Finance

South Africa Weighs State Internet Company Merger

South Africa is considering a merger of state-owned technology companies Broadband Infraco and Sentech to help to accelerate the rollout of high-speed internet to the population within three years, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Etisalat Nigeria's new CEO targets profit after regulator rescue

Etisalat Nigeria's new CEO targets profit after regulator rescue

Etisalat Nigeria is focused on getting the telecoms group back on track to make a profit after it was saved from collapse, while working on the paperwork to eventually raise new capital.

Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com

Amazon Web Services cloud platform considering hosting data centers in South Africa

Amazon Web Services is hoping to build cloud data centers in South Africa – an expansion was strongly hinted at by CTO Werner Vogels during the recent AWS Summit in Cape Town.

Africa's Liquid Telecom raises $700m in bond and term-loan issue

Africa's Liquid Telecom raises $700m in bond and term-loan issue

Liquid Telecom, an unlisted pan-African telecoms group, has raised $700m in a bond and term-loan issue that will help it refinance debt and provide a war chest for further acquisitions.

Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne

MainOne CEO Funke Opeke on the challenges of and opportunities for investing in Africa

While many fear investing in Africa, one woman has not been afraid of doing so. Funke Opeke is the Founder and CEO of one of the continent’s largest ICT companies, MainOne.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Rent is cheap in Johannesburg but expensive in Lagos, according to new study

People flocking to South Africa’s economic hub are likely to find some of the world’s cheapest rents.

The Silo: Is this Africa's best new hotel?

The Silo: Is this Africa's best new hotel? Check out photos

Cape Town’s The Silo Hotel — named after the former grain-silo complex in which it is housed — opened its doors in March as an instant Cape Town landmark.

South Africa's Naspers rules out $114 billion Tencent stake spin-off

South Africa's Naspers rules out $114 billion Tencent stake spin-off

South Africa’s Naspers (NPNJn.J) does not plan to spin off its $114 billion stake in Tencent, its boss said on Monday, a push back against investors urging a break-up to close a widening discount between its market value and that of its one-third stake in the Chinese internet company.

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Nairobi is one of the continent’s centers of startup activity.

The future of tech is in 'cities across Africa,' says this start-up CEO

Silicon Valley’s days leading the tech revolution may be coming to an end, according to one optimistic observer who believes the future of technology lies much further abroad than San Francisco.

Jabu Moleketi, incoming Chairman, Vodacom

Vodacom names Moleketi as Chairman

South Africa’s Vodacom Group said on Thursday it has appointed non-executive director Jabu Moleketi to succeed Peter Moyo as the mobile phone network operator’s next chairman.

Africa's consumer data opportunity is being tackled by startups

Africa's consumer data opportunity is being tackled by startups

The Peter Drucker management aphorism, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” is a favorite of Yannick Lefang, the founder of Kasi Insight, an integrated marketing research firm operating in seven African countries.

Shoprite Holdings - An African consumer powerhouse

Shoprite Holdings - An African consumer powerhouse: Peter C. Thoms, CFA, Founder, Africa Capital Group

Shoprite Holdings Ltd., the South Africa-based supermarket chain, is our single largest holding in the retail industry in our Africa investment strategy.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

South Africa falls into second recession in a decade

South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0.7% between January and March.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa's economic growth in 2016 was driven by East Africa

While the continent’s major economies were hit by the fall in commodity prices in 2016, Africa retained its position as the second-fastest growing continent globally recording an average of 2.2% GDP growth.

Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

Barclays to surrender control of Africa unit with £1.6bn sale

Barclays has been given regulatory approval for the sale of its remaining stake in its Barclays Africa Group, according to a unit of the business.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

South African Opposition Suspends Ex-Leader Over Colonialism Tweets

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, suspended Helen Zille, its former leader and premier of the Western Cape province.

A family enjoying an injera meal at a restaurant in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Boaz Rottem/Alamy/The Guardian

From chefs to musicians, talented 're-pats' come back to build a modern Ethiopia

His dream is to show the world the glories of Ethiopian cuisine, to preserve its rich traditions and to make his fellow citizens eat better.

Invest in This Walmart of Africa?

Invest in This Walmart of Africa?

The Wall Street Journal recently featured Walmart’s operations in Africa. The article revealed that Walmart had a $2.4 billion stake in South African retailer Massmart going back to 2011.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's Econet appoints former Vodafone executive to run its Neotel unit

Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Wireless Global Ltd. unit Liquid Telecom has appointed former Vodafone Group Plc executive Kyle Whitehill to head up South African internet provider Neotel and oversee the company’s expansion plans.

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.

Wizkid

How Nigeria's Wizkid fashioned a new sound that won global appeal

He has a staggering seven nominations at the Billboard Music Awards and will come to the UK to headline festivals this summer.