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Marlon Chigwende (L), former Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa at Carlyle; Kayode Akinola (R), Director, Africa at KKR. Credit: LinkedIn

Former Africa heads at Carlyle and KKR to set up private equity firm Arkana Partners

Kayode Akinola quits KKR to start firm with Marlon Chigwende. New firm to target investments of less than $100 million in equity.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange working with MTN on 2017 listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is working with South African cell operator MTN on a listing of its shares in the country this year, the head of the bourse said on Thursday.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Jacob Zuma says South Africa's ruling ANC is ready for female leader

President gives huge boost to leadership ambitions of his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with comments about his party’s succession.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Zuma's ex-wife given boost in South Africa leadership race

The chances of South African President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, becoming the next leader of the African National Congress were given a boost on Saturday with the endorsement of the ruling party’s women’s division.

African markets are ripe to absorb more private equity investment

African markets are ripe to absorb more private equity investment (Infographics)

Private equity investments across Africa may soon rise as firms are set to expand their activity on what remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

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.

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.

Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix

A new Netflix server in Nigeria will deliver faster streaming and content to its African users

News of Netflix’s expansion to Africa (and pretty much the rest of the world) in January was met with excitement on the continent.

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.

The checkout at Shoprite, Africa's biggest food retailer, in a shopping center in Warri, a fast-growing city in Nigeria's oil-producing region. Credit: nytimes.com

Shoprite & Steinhoff plot massive merger

Retail giants Shoprite and Steinhoff plan to merge to form what will indisputably be one of Africa’s largest retail businesses.

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.

Ghana’s President-Elect, Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana's new president: Jobs, jobs, jobs

Nana Akufo-Addo, the 72-year-old leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was elected Ghana’s president on December 9 by a margin of 1 million votes.

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.

The case for South African hedge funds

The case for South African hedge funds: Jaclyn Petrone, Director of International Business Development, Laurium Capital

Over the years as international investors have searched for yield and found themselves looking towards Africa, many have invested with a long-term mindset focused on private and public equity strategies.

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.

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

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

Between 2010 and 2016 H1, there were 277 reported private equity deals in Southern Africa totaling $3.5 billion.

Sandton City, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sandton: Africa's richest square mile?

Sandton Central, without doubt, has become the most important business and financial node in South Africa, and plausibly sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

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.

MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria begins IPO discussions

MTN has commenced talks with the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding an initial public offering in 2017.

Phuthuma Nhleko, Executive Chairman, MTN Group

MTN Chairman sells $8.8 million of shares before arrival of new CEO

MTN Group Ltd. Executive Chairman Phuthuma Nhleko sold shares worth about 123 million rand ($8.8 million).

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and President Jacob Zuma listen to the national anthem at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 11, 2016. Credit: Yahoo/Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa's biggest union group backs Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming South Africa’s next leader increase on Thursday.

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

The Carlyle Group Acquires CMC Networks, a Pan-African Network Connectivity Provider

Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group announced last week that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of CMC Networks.

Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Chairman, Johannesburg Stock Exchange

African stock exchanges should focus on smaller businesses: Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, Chairman, Johannesburg Stock Exchange

The African growth story is no longer a fairy tale. Over the past decade, multinational companies, private equity funds and infrastructure development programs have channeled capital to the continent.

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%.

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.

Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: sothebysrealty.com

Fact of the Day: Johannesburg, South Africa is the #1 tourist destination in Africa for the 4th year in a row

South Africa’s major urban cities remain the most visited in the African continent, attracting millions of tourists, boosting local tourism and injecting billions of dollars into the economy.

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.

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.

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.

Africa Digital Market Outlook

Fact of the Day: Africa to pass 1 billion mobile subscriptions by end of 2016, says Ovum (Infographic)

Africa is expected to cross 1 billion mobile subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching 1.02 billion by year-end, according to global advisory firm Ovum.

Will he cash in on Africa's real estate boom?

Will he cash in on Africa's real estate boom?

You’ve heard it before: Africa, the new investment frontier! Risky, but high reward potential, the mantra goes of emerging markets — particularly in Africa, home to 13 of the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world.

Monde Twala, VP of Viacom Africa’s BET, Youth and Music portfolio

Viacom and Turner Targeting Africa's Millennials With Multi-Platform Offerings

With more than half the population of Africa under the age of 18, networks are looking for more ways to target young audiences with cross-platform content, hoping to grow today’s generation of increasingly connected African youths into tomorrow’s brand-loyal consumers.

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.

Bob van Dijk, CEO, Naspers

Africa's most valuable company Naspers worth less than what it owns (Infographics)

Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested $34 million in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88 billion.

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.

Scatec Solar and Norfund sign power purchase agreement for Mozambique's first large-scale scale solar plant

Scatec Solar and Norfund sign power purchase agreement for Mozambique's first large-scale solar plant

In addition to this new 40 MW plant in Mozambique, Scatec Solar operates 200 MW of solar power plants in South Africa and Rwanda and has new projects under development across Africa, including in Mali, Nigeria and Kenya.