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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.


Lagos, Nigeria

Fact of the Day: Nigeria to be 3rd most populous country by 2050 (Infographics)

By 2050 around 2.2 billion people could be added to the global population and more than half of that growth will occur in Africa.

Pictures of Sudan's Nubian pyramids

One of Africa's best kept secrets - its history

Africa has a rich and complex history but there is widespread ignorance of this heritage. A celebrated British historian once said there was only the history of Europeans in Africa.

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.

A woman waved a portrait of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the newly elected director general of the World Health Organization, in Geneva on Tuesday. Credit: Valentin Flauraud/European Pressphoto Agency

W.H.O. Elects Ethiopia's Tedros as First Director General From Africa

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was voted director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African ever to head the agency.

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.

The True Size of Africa

Boston Schools Use Modernized Maps That Enlarge Africa, Depict World More Accurately (Photos)

In the original map, Greenland appears bigger than Africa. In reality, it is 14 times smaller.

Africa's best-performing hedge fund launches food-focused private equity fund

Africa's best-performing hedge fund launches food-focused private equity fund

Polar Star targets agriculture as food demand outstrips supply. Commodity hedge fund beats peers over five-year period.

In front: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and AU Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (R)

It's time South Africa tuned into Africa's views about its role on the continent

South Africa has variously styled itself as a “bridge” between the North, the global South and Africa as well as a “gateway” into the continent.

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

How could Amazon deliver without an address? This startup may have the answer

South African courier WumDrop is tackling address challenges by delivering parcels to your phone location.

Nakumatt just sold a 25% slice of itself to an investment fund. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Nakumatt and Shoprite are attracting interest from international investors for their fast-growing markets (Infographic)

The investment case for Africa requires taking the long view, especially when it comes to thinking about serving consumers on the continent.

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.

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.

Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment and incoming Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Nigeria's Amina Mohammed has been appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General

Since taking office in May 2015, Nigeria’s president Buhari has come under criticism not just for his handling economy but also for a seemingly under-performing cabinet.

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%.

Wakaa! explores themes including emigration of young Nigerians. U.S. and British universities are very popular with Nigerian students, who often look abroad for better economic opportunities. Credit: Jermaine Sanwoolu/newsweek.com

Nigerian musical Wakaa! targets Broadway after successful London stint

As the curtain falls on the first Nigerian musical to make the leap to a London theater, its executive producer is setting her sights higher still.

Uber Nigeria

Nigeria leads the way promoting ridesharing in Africa: Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, Uber West Africa

At the start of the last century, just one in seven people worldwide lived in cities. Today, it’s half and the UN predicts that by 2050, another 2.5 billion people will be living in urban areas.

Aliko Dangote’s ventures usually come hand-in-hand with investments in basic infrastructure such as roads and electricity supply, which benefit the local community.

Dangote Group: A trend-setter for Africa's leadership

After three and a half decades in operation, the Dangote Group has grown from a small trading business in Nigeria to become sub-Saharan Africa’s largest manufacturing conglomerate, emerging as a net economic contributor to all the countries in which it operates.

Fatma Samoura, newly-appointed FIFA Secretary General

Fact of the Day: FIFA's new Secretary General is the first African and first woman to hold the job

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, appointed Senegal’s Fatma Samoura as its new secretary general.

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.

Harry G. Broadman, CEO, Proa Global Partners

Here are the top 3 economic misperceptions of Africa: Harry G. Broadman, CEO, Proa Global Partners

Africa seems to be the only continent today that is regularly referred to as a “country”. It bristles me every time I hear it said.

African economies to grow by 4.4% in 2016

African economies to grow by 4.4% in 2016, up from 3.7% in 2015

Africa will record a 4.4 percent economic growth this year, up from 3.7 percent in 2015 buoyed by increasing domestic demand and improved investment in infrastructure, the United Nations has predicated.

Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria

Olusegun Obasanjo: My African utopia

Thirty-five years in the life of any human institution should not normally be considered too distant to predict its course of progress. After all, it is only a little over a generation away. What is more, those who will shape and influence what Africa will be by the middle of the 21st century are almost all already born.

An opulent wedding for nearly a thousand guests was held at the banquet hall of a private housing estate in Lagos, Nigeria. Guests wear matching outfits and hats chosen by the bride’s family. Credit: nationalgeographic.com

Fact of the Day: Nigeria will have 3rd largest population in the world by 2050 (Infographics)

New population forecasts from the United Nations point to a new world order in 2050.

Donald Kaberuka, whose tenure as African Development Bank president ends in September, has warned African countries to keep an even economic keel. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

African Development Bank chief urges continent to learn from Greek crisis

Donald Kaberuka, the outgoing president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has cautioned African countries to heed lessons from the Greek debt crisis and consolidate economic stability, with growth in the continent set to be driven by increased public expenditure.

John Magufuli, Tanzania's Minister of Public Works Minister and presidential candidate. Photographer: Khalfan Said/AP Photo

Tanzania's ruling party picks Minister of Public Works John Magufuli to run for President

Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi nominated Works Minister John Magufuli to run for president on its ticket in general elections planned for Oct. 25.

Africa’s unique opportunity to promote inclusive growth. Credit: hbr.org

Africa's unique opportunity to promote inclusive growth: Jonathan Berman, CEO, J.E. Berman Associates (Infographic)

Six years after the global recession began, many parts of the world are still struggling to achieve growth.

The BRICS leaders: President Vladimir Putin (L), Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2L), President Dilma Rousseff, President Xi Jinping (2R), and President Jacob Zuma (R)

South Africa in the BRICS - A brave new world

Will the BRICS group and its New Development Bank (NDB), founded in 2014, challenge the West-led international order enforced by the financial institutions of the World Bank and the IMF?

In November of last year, French insurer AXA bought control of Nigeria's fourth-largest insurer, Mansard Insurance.

Africa: A growing insurance market

Low penetration across most African markets spell many opportunities for insurers, but success will depend on their ability to devise strategies to expand their foothold in a continent of 54 immensely diverse economies.

9 mega-trends shaping the future of Africa: Seyi Bickersteth, Chairman, KPMG Africa

9 mega-trends shaping the future of Africa: Seyi Bickersteth, Chairman, KPMG Africa

In August 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. And when King said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal”, it was a turning point in American history.

Cristina Duarte, Cape Verde’s Finance Minister. Photographer: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

First woman candidate for AfDB boss says Africa must retain wealth

Cristina Duarte, the finance minister from Cape Verde who is the first woman to stand for the presidency of the African Development Bank, said the lender should encourage wealth generated in Africa to stay on the continent.

Aliko Dangote, Chairman, Dangote Group

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote plans to quadruple Nigeria's gas supply (Video)

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to quadruple the supply of gas in Nigeria. Dangote has a net worth of $15 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. According to Forbes, Dangote’s net worth is $18.4 billion.

A woman faces down a line of Baltimore police officers in riot gear on Monday during protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere like say Lagos or Nairobi

If what is happening in Baltimore happened in a foreign country, here is how Western media would cover it: International leaders expressed concern over the rising tide of racism and state violence in America, especially concerning the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country and the corruption in state security forces around the country when handling cases of police brutality.

A man hold a placard, center, reading 'Africa is all for Africans' prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks in downtown Johannesburg as Sosuth Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

South Africa's image suffers after anti-immigrant attacks

Only a few kilometers (miles) separate Alexandra, a gritty Johannesburg township where South Africans attacked immigrants last week, from Sandton, a district jammed with high-end stores, restaurants and gleaming office towers symbolizing the upper reaches of the prosperity that attracted so many job-seekers to South Africa.

Chris Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Chief of Staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC)

South Africa's Rainbow Nation myth: Would Chris Hani have made a great president?

If you ask South Africans of my generation to name the most important political event of their lives, many will cite the assassination of Chris Hani.

Elections in Nigeria. (AP Photo/Kunle Ogunfuyi)

Now that votes are in, the dangerous part of Nigeria's election has begun

After waiting in long lines around the country over the past two days to vote, Nigerians are engaged in another long wait—to find out who will lead their country for the next four years.

Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria (Illustration)

Nigeria's Eko Atlantic City takes shape

The new multi-billion dollar Eko Atlantic City with residential and commercial tower blocks off the coast of Lagos in Victoria Island, is taking shape as developers forge ahead with infrastructure development.

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sogato Strategies LLC and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Sogato CEO, appointed Professor at Tufts University's Fletcher School

Dr. Kingsley Moghalu has been appointed as a Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School effective July 1, 2015.

Former military ruler and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari attends his party's presidential primary in Lagos on December 11, 2014 (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Smears and fears: Nigeria presidential campaign gets personal

When Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, was in Abuja last week, he urged all presidential candidates and parties to rise above the personal and debate the issues that matter.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan slams Islamists abroad, is muted at home

A day after gunmen killed 12 people at the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Jan. 7, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan issued a statement condemning the “dastardly terrorist attack.”

Liberian former football star George Weah comfortably beat off a challenge from Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Sirleaf

Landslide win for former football star George Weah in Liberia senate race

The former football star George Weah has won a landslide victory in Liberia’s senate elections, in polls disrupted by the Ebola outbreak.

Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance, Uganda

African Women To Watch: Finance (Video)

Women make up more than half of the workforce in financial institutions globally. However, only 19% are in senior positions, a mere 14% hold board seats, and just 2% are CEOs, according to a 2013 study by PwC.