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Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

Mobile contributes $110 billion to Sub-Saharan African economies: Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA

Sub-Saharan Africa is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing mobile market in the world.


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.

Abraaj Group to buy African coffee chain Java House

Abraaj Group to buy African coffee chain Java House

Abraaj Group, an emerging markets focused fund group, has agreed to buy African coffee chain Java House from private equity rival Emerging Capital Partners and Kevin Ashley, the Nairobi-based company’s executive chairman.

Edwin Dande, Managing Partner & CEO, Cytonn Investments

Meet the Kenyan entrepreneur who built an $800 million asset management firm

Kenyan-born Edwin Dande is the Founder of Cytonn Investments, an alternative investment management and real estate company, with offices in Nairobi and the DC Metro area.

Nairobi, Kenya. The East African country is attracting private equity interest. Credit: Alamy/Financial Times

Private equity looks to East Africa for investment opportunities

Buyout groups investing in Africa are turning east and shunning the oil-rich western part of the continent as they grapple with the effect of low commodity prices on private equity’s final frontier.

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.

EFG Hermes eyes acquisition in Nigeria, Kenya brokerage licence

EFG Hermes eyes acquisition in Nigeria, Kenya brokerage license

Egypt’s EFG Hermes wants to enter Nigeria through an acquisition and expects to get regulatory approval to start a brokerage business in Kenya this year as part of a big push into frontier markets, a senior executive told Reuters last week.

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.

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.

Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners, Google and the IFC commit $100 million to pan-African wholesale broadband provider CSquared

Convergence Partners recently signed an agreement with Google, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) to invest in CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

XSML Capital announces final close of African Rivers Fund at $50 million

XSML Capital announces final close of African Rivers Fund at $50 million

XSML Capital, the fund manager active in Central & East Africa, last week announced its final close of the African Rivers Fund at $50 million.

Lake Victoria

Britain's Equinox to invest $250 million in Kenya biogas power project

Britain’s Equinox Energy Capital is close to concluding a $250 million (£194 million) fundraising round to invest in a project in western Kenya to produce electricity from invasive lake weed water hyacinth.

Rate cuts & healthy FX reserves pave way for next bull run in Africa's markets

Rate cuts & healthy FX reserves pave way for next bull run in Africa's markets: Ryan Hoover, Portfolio Manager, Africa Capital Group

The sorry state of South African governance may be dominating headlines, but a closer inspection of Africa’s financial news reveals a heartening trend in the continent’s frontier economies.

Two Rivers Development, Nairobi, Kenya

Listed Real Estate in Eastern Africa and Beyond: What Next?

East African property markets have demonstrated desirable levels of resilience over the past few years.

Waitresses place a series of orders at the Orbit Place Java House, a chain of Kenyan cafes

East African assets attract private equity interest

Family businesses seek sales amid growth in buyout groups in the region

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, announced on Monday it has acquired a minority equity interest in Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company.

Cyril Collon, General Partner, Partech Ventures

African tech startups raise record-breaking $370M in 2016: Partech Ventures (Infographic)

At Partech Ventures, we have been tracking for the past 3 years the dynamics of African tech investment, to better understand the investment landscape on the continent.

Carlyle Group And TPG Capital Make $100M Bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Carlyle Group and TPG Capital make $100M bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Two of America’s largest private equity firms, Carlyle Group and TPG Capital, are looking to acquire Kenyan coffee chain Java House is a deal that could be worth as much as $100 million.

EXEO Capital's Sub-Saharan Africa agribusiness Agri-Vie Fund II attracts over $100M in first close

EXEO Capital's agribusiness Agri-Vie Fund II attracts over $100M in first close

EXEO Capital, the pan-African private equity investment firm, has announced the first close of the second Agri-Vie Fund, focused on the food and agribusiness sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kenyan supermarket chain Nakumatt agrees stake sale to fund for $75M

Kenyan supermarket chain Nakumatt agrees stake sale to fund for $75M

Privately-owned Nakumatt, Kenya’s biggest supermarket chain by sales, has agreed to sell a 25 percent stake to a foreign fund for $75 million, part of an effort to bolster its balance sheet and pay off debts, its managing director said last Wednesday.

Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group. Credit: Bloomberg

Private equity firm Abraaj is interested in buying Barclays Africa (Infographics & Video)

Abraaj Group, the private equity firm that invests across emerging markets, is interested in buying a stake in Barclays Plc’s South African business.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kenya's Little Cab app is set to take on Uber in Uganda and Nigeria

Safaricom's Little Cab, Kenya's Uber rival, is launching in Nigeria and Uganda

Little Cab, the ride-hailing app backed by telecoms operator Safaricom, is slowly giving Uber a run for its money in Kenya.

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

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

Between 2010 and 2016 H1, there were 167 reported private equity deals in East Africa totaling $1.4 billion.

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.

Kenyan writer and former political prisoner Ngugi wa Thiong'o at Howard University in Washington in 2006. Credit: Nikki Khan/The Washington Post

The Nobel Committee got it wrong: Ngugi wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now

The Kenyan writer has been a favorite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-to-1 in Ngugi’s favor, with Haruki Murakami second at 7-to-1, and Don DeLillo at 12-to-1.

Setting the record straight. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/James Akena

Africans on social media push a missionary group to take down offensive music video about life in Uganda

A music video released this month by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group working in Uganda, features five white women in traditional Ugandan dresses dancing with plastic jerry cans, knocking back deworming tablets, and eating sukuma wiki, or kale, with their hands.

How Africans are using technology to solve problems

How Africans are using technology to solve problems (Infographic)

The advent of the internet and technology has changed the world. With over 70% of Africa’s population under 30, the continent has one of the youngest populations in the world.

Christina Sass, Co-Founder & COO, Andela

Andela to invest in its graduates’ startups

Andela, a company working to bring the top 1% of African tech talent to engineering teams in need of capable, skilled developers, will eventually invest in the startups from those who complete its four-year program.

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa launches mobile money service mVisa to rival Safaricom's M-PESA

Visa Inc., the world’s largest payments network, introduced a mobile-phone application to enable cashless transactions in Kenya, where the majority of wireless payments are being done through the nation’s biggest telecommunications company, Safaricom Ltd.

Lake Heights Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda

BON Hotels takes on second property in East Africa: Lake Heights Entebbe

With the ink just dry on the BON Hotel Addis Ababa contract, BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout South Africa and the rest of the continent, has taken on a second property in East Africa.

Buffalo Mall, Naivasha, Kenya

East Africa's second-tier cities hold untapped potential

Retail in Kenya is dominated by informal sellers, but recent years have seen a boom in modern trade, with home-grown supermarket chains expanding their footprint and international brands (such as Carrefour and Massmart’s Game banner) entering the market.

Waves of change - Insurance opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa - 2016

How insurance is transforming a rapidly growing Sub-Saharan Africa: EY (Infographic, Video & Report)

Sub-Saharan Africa is a diverse region that presents risks, challenges and opportunities for the insurance industry. No “one-size-fits-all” approach is likely to succeed across individual markets and countries.

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.

Deepak Malik, Africa Regional Director, Norfund

Norway-Backed Fund on Hiring Spree in Africa Finance Venture

A new development-finance venture that will control banking and other assets worth more than $660 million across sub-Saharan Africa plans to hire as many as 20 people including analysts to manage its investments and help it spend another $300 million on acquisitions.

BON Hotel Addis Ababa

BON Hotels extends its footprint into Ethiopia

BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added yet another property to its ever-growing stable.

Africa attractiveness program 2016: EY

Africa attractiveness program 2016: EY (Infographics & Reports)

We are at an inflection point in terms of the structural evolution of most African economies. Decisions made and actions taken now will determine, which of these economies consolidate the gains made over the past decade as a platform for sustainable growth in coming decades.