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African entrepreneurs shine in Stanford

Afolabi Abiodun, CEO of Nigeria-based telecommunications company SB Telecoms, couldn’t quite believe his eyes as he stood on Stanford University’s …

South Africa Regains Its lead over Nigeria as Africa’s Biggest Economy

South Africa’s economy regained the position of Africa’s largest in dollar terms more than two years after losing it to Nigeria as the value of the …

#OromoProtest: Ethiopia faces more unrest after scores killed

Ethiopia, a key U.S. ally in the fight against Islamist militants in East Africa, faces the prospect of further unrest after a crackdown on …

Like Nigeria's president Buhari, like President Macri of Argentina

The Nigerian naira slumped to record low on Thursday, Dec. 17 after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed commercial banks to limit how much …

Akon Likens Renewables to Digital Revolution You Can’t Miss

The rap artist Akon joined chief executives of energy companies and policy makers from around the globe to urge a shift toward clean energy as …

Google to offer unlimited data at less than $1 per day in Uganda

Google is offering Ugandans cheap high-speed internet, with one day’s unlimited data using its newly launched wi-fi network estimated to cost 1,000 …

Palm Oil Rallying on El Nino Getting Costly for Biofuel Use

The El Nino-induced dry weather that’s parching fields across Southeast Asia has pushed palm oil’s premium over gasoil to the highest in 10 months, …

South Africa more risky than Turkey as Fitch downgrade looms

Investors see more risk in South Africa than in lower-rated Turkey as the creditworthiness of Africa’s second-largest economy looks set to step …

South Africa is one of the most entrepreneurship friendly countries in the world

In a country where strikes are frequent and unemployment is increasing, the best path to a good career may be entrepreneurship. This is what 76 …

Oscar Pistorius charged with murder by South Africa's supreme court of appeal

South African Olympics gold medalist Oscar Pistorius’ culpable homicide conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been overturned by …

Xi’s South Africa visit starts with $6.5 billion in accords

Chinese President Xi Jinping oversaw the signing of 26 agreements with South African companies and government departments worth 94 billion rand ($6.5 …

South African police begin probe into country’s national airline

South Africa’s Police Service will start an investigation into the country’s state-owned airline, which is facing mounting financial losses while …

Tanzania’s ‘bulldozer’ leader’s war on waste targets Christmas

Don’t wait by your mailbox for a Christmas card from Tanzania’s president this year.<p>Since taking office in early November, John Magufuli has been on …

IMF to add yuan in its basket of reserve currencies

The IMF will add the yuan to its basket of reserve currencies, an international stamp of approval of the strides China has made integrating into a …

Nigerian Media reported falsehood; we deported 48 not 500 Nigerians, UK says

When, in October, the Nigeria High Commission in London expressed worry over the migration and removal policy of the UK Government which it said may …

Nigeria has 17 million housing deficit? Not in the luxury real estate market, says Jim Ovia

Driving round Victoria Island, an affluent area in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve, one cannot but notice the number of empty apartments and office …

Two French companies have taken up the challenge of taking electricity to rural Africa

“Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It‘s the light that children study by; the energy that allows an idea to be …

Africa will take more loans, renegotiate existing ones at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg

South Africa will this week hold the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg where China, Africa’s largest trading partner will propose a …

Pope to visit the martyrs of Namugongo site today

One was killed by slow fire; another was dismembered and left to die. One was speared to death, his body devoured by village savage dogs, others …

Day Three in pictures: Pope Francis visits slum in Kenya

Pope Francis continued his apostolic journey today and it took him to one of Kenya’s slums, Kangemi, where about 20,000 persons belong to a Catholic …

Half of gold produced may be less viable at current prices

Half of the gold coming from mines may not be viable at current prices, underscoring the industry’s need for consolidation and output cuts, according …

Black Friday is great, but who cares about thanksgiving?

When America’s President Abraham Lincoln, in 1863, proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the …

Day one: Photos from Pope Francis's Apostolic journey to Kenya

Pope Francis arrived Kenya yesterday as he began his first visit to Africa. The message he brings is peace as he downplays fear of terrorist attack, …

As long as oil prices remain at current levels, Nigeria and friends will struggle

When Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari told the world, while in India for the India-Africa Summit last month, that Nigeria was broke and was …

Overpopulation in Lagos, Nigeria is reducing the quality of life

As predicted years ago by the United Nations, the population of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve is now over 20 million. But despite its huge …

Security remains a threat to Africa's online retail says Cristobal Alonso

Africa’s retail market has caught global attention. The continent known for its natural resources wealth is adding its consumer strength to its CV …

South Africa, Kenya lead Africa in clean energy investments

A new study shows majority of clean energy investments in 2014 occurred in 55 developing nations, including 19 in Africa. This is good news for …

Philips commits to improving healthcare in Africa with innovative technology

When Dutch conglomerate Royal Philips announced last year that it was splitting the company into two in order to prioritize high-margin healthcare …

South Africa narrowly misses recession as GDP gains 0.7%

South Africa narrowly avoided a second recession in six years as manufacturing rebounded in the continent’s second-largest economy.<p>Gross domestic …

Copper Faces at Least Two More Years of Pain, Rio Estimates

The copper market is facing two or three years more of pain, though the good news for the metal, which hit a six-year low this week, is that it will …