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Carole Wamuyu Wainaina, incoming COO, Africa50 Infrastructure Fund

Carole Wamuyu Wainaina is Named Chief Operating Officer for Africa50

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform capitalized by the African Development Bank, 23 African countries, and two African Central Banks, has appointed Carole Wamuyu Wainaina as Chief Operating Officer.

Airbnb Aims to Double Growth in Africa This Year

Airbnb aims to double growth in Africa this year to reach 1.5 million customers

Airbnb expects to maintain its rapid growth in Africa this year and double its customer numbers to 1.5 million,.

Frank Adu, CEO, CAL Bank

Arise BV acquires 28% stake in Ghana's CAL Bank as DPI successfully exits

CAL Bank has announced that its second largest shareholder, private equity firm DPI, has successfully sold its 27.7 percent stake in CAL Bank to Arise BV of the Netherlands.

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.

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.

Africa vs USA - Actual Size

What's the real size of Africa? How Western states used maps to downplay size of continent (Photos)

On a typical world map, Canada is a vast nation. Home to six time zones, its endless plains spread from ocean to ocean, dominating great swathes of the northern half of the globe. But, in reality, three Canadas would comfortably fit inside Africa.

Rob Shuter, incoming CEO, MTN Group

South Africa's MTN names Vodafone Europe Head Rob Shuter as CEO

South African mobile phone operator MTN Group named the head of Vodafone Europe as its new CEO on Monday, bringing in an outsider with a risk-management background 10 days after it agreed to pay a $1.7 billion fine in Nigeria.

David White, Chairman, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund appoints Investec Asset Management to manage $670M fund

Following a competitive tender process that brought interest from over 30 companies, from across Europe, Africa and North America, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund Limited (EAIF or the Fund) has appointed Investec Asset Management (IAM) as its fund manager.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign new Grand Renaissance Dam agreement

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan signed an agreement on Tuesday finalizing the two firms tasked with carrying out studies on the potential impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the flow of the Nile.

South Africa's MTN is the most admired brand in Africa

MTN, Samsung and Coca-Cola top list of most admired brands in Africa

Brand Africa has announced that MTN is the overall best brand in Africa and reclaimed the #1 spot as the Most Admired Brand in Africa at a gala launch of the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands at Sandton Convention Center.

Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

Google to Buy Into Africa's Largest Wind Farm in Northern Kenya

Google Inc. will acquire a stake in Africa’s largest wind farm once the facility is completed in Kenya in 2017.

Quick facts about travel to Ethiopia

Check out these quick facts about travel to and from Ethiopia, courtesy of Jovago (Infographic)

Check out this infographic showing some quick facts about travel to and from Ethiopia, courtesy of Jovago.

David Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group

Private equity: The African promise

Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein made headlines last year for suggesting Africa was poised to become the next private equity hotspot. “The great explosion in private equity, if it is going to occur anywhere around the world in the next couple of years, is probably going to be in Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa …”

Nigeria is projected to be the first African country to hit $1 trillion in GDP by 2030

Nigeria is projected to be the first African country to hit $1 trillion in GDP by 2030

Nigeria’s economy will more than double in the next 15 years, according to projections from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria (Illustration)

Nigeria will be among world's 20 largest economies by 2030 (Infographic)

Take a peek at the new world that awaits us. Get ready for a new economic order. In the world 15 years from now, the U.S. will be far less dominant, several emerging markets will catapult into prominence, and some of the largest European economies will be slipping behind.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

Confederation of African Football (CAF) pledges voting block for Sepp Blatter's return as FIFA President

The president of soccer’s world governing body, Sepp Blatter, now knows that he can count on a quarter of all available votes when he stands for a fifth consecutive term at the helm of FIFA this spring.

A customer drinks beer at the St. George brewery's public pub in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, March 28, 2015. REUTERS/TIKSA NEGERI

Foreign brewers battle for Ethiopia's beer drinkers

International brewers are helping transform Ethiopia’s business landscape as it slowly sells the assets of the former communist state and opens up to foreigners drawn to one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

IBM Research Africa

IBM launches research lab in Johannesburg. 2nd research lab in Africa after Nairobi

IBM today announced plans to expand IBM Research – Africa with a new laboratory in Johannesburg beginning April 2015.

Mutiu Sunmonu, former Managing Director of Shell Nigeria

Shell appoints Osagie Okunbor as new Managing Director for Nigeria, replacing retiring Mutiu Sunmonu

Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Osagie Okunbor as the new Managing Director of its Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).

Uber, Cape Town, South Africa

Uber vehicles impounded in Cape Town, South Africa

Police in Cape Town, South Africa, impounded 33 Uber vehicles over the weekend in a dispute over what type of permits drivers should hold, an Uber executive said.

Doug Smart, General Manager, KFC Africa

How to succeed in selling to consumers in South Africa

Doug Smart, KFC’s general manager in Africa, is mulling the challenges his company faces in appealing to a cross-section of South Africans one morning at a restaurant in Johannesburg.

Muhtar A. Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola & SABMiller strike deal to create Africa's largest bottling operation

SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) will combine bottling operations for non-alcoholic beverages in southern and eastern Africa, forming the continent’s largest Coca-Cola bottler with annual revenue of almost $3 billion.

Ceddi Plaza, Abuja, Nigeria

New generation of Nigerian consumers is drawing retailers from all over the world

At the turn of the century well-off Nigerians struggled to shop in style. Most had to jostle in local markets to buy food or travel to the UK, US or Middle East to replenish their wardrobes.

The creator of the ‘Ebola – no Ebola’ map says he is trying to show the world that Africa is not a country. Photograph: EbolaPhone/Twitter

Ebola for beginners: Twitter map outlines some elementary geography

A rudimentary map demonstrating that Africa is not synonymous with the Ebola virus has hit a nerve online.

Elpis Farms Flowers

Kenya's blooming flower industry bounces back (Video)

In Kenya, agriculture makes up nearly a quarter of the economy and flower farming is particularly profitable.

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Hay Festival in 2012

Continental drift: Africa39, an anthology of writing from south of the Sahara, is too good to miss

In 2007, Britain’s Hay Festival collaborated with the Unesco World Book Capital project to publish Bogotá39, a literary collection that showcased the talents of 39 Latin American writers under the age of 40.

William Lauder, CEO, Estee Lauder Companies

Luxury heavyweights eye Africa's newly affluent

Sub-Saharan Africa was dismissed for decades by the luxury industry, and has attracted the attention of international heavyweights only in the past two years.

Business

Doing Business In Sub-Saharan Africa: Six Aspects To Consider

Many companies from the developed world are setting their sights on Africa as a new frontier for business.

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

Africa countries woo domestic savers to fund infrastructure

Like many African workers Olalere Ojedokun’s only pension plan was sending his kids to school so they could take care of him in old age, but that changed when Nigeria introduced a contributory pension scheme that it hopes will cover everyone.

Acha Leke, Partner, McKinsey

Nigeria Seen by McKinsey in World's Top 20 Economies by 2030: Acha Leke, Partner, McKinsey

Nigeria has the potential to be one of the world’s top 20 economies by 2030 with a consumer base exceeding the current populations of France and Germany, according to McKinsey & Co.