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Nigeria’s Serial Entrepreneur Launches New Venture

In Andela and Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji has helped launch two of Africa’s best known and best funded startups, and having “retired” from Flutterwave in October 2018 has launched Future Africa last year alongside Olabinjo Adeniran and Adenike Sheriff. The initial aim was to build an online community to facilitate conversations about Africa’s future, but the …

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Easing Lagos’ Gridlock to Boost the Economy

The expansion of the 35-km Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, stretching from Lagos’ biggest port Apapa to the Ojota district, will be finished this year. It will also ease gridlock leading to the country’s biggest port, Apapa, where long tentacles of traffic can leave truckers queuing for hours, sometimes days at a time. Traffic at the port cost …

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Remembering the Doyen of Black Business in South Africa

He was one of the big names in business in Africa; as gentlemanly, as he was shrewd. He fought the odds and apartheid to stake his place in business and inspire millions of his countrymen to do the same. Richard Maponya passed away in the early hours of January 6, after a short illness. Maponya turned …

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The Horn of Africa Celebrates Christmas

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has wished all Orthodox Christians in the country a ‘Merry Christmas’, urging them to celebrate the day by ‘eliminating separation and divisions’. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar and celebrates Christmas on January 7th, while the rest of the world, who follows the Gregorian calendar, celebrates on 25th of December. Several …

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Ethiopia is Banking on Cooperation with Sudan to Improve its Access to Ports

The Sudanese Sea Port Corporation will provide Ethiopia with necessary support as it makes use of Khartoum’s ports for the importation and exportation of commodities. Sudan’s Sea Port Corporation is also expected to offer assistance to Ethiopia’s state-owned shipping and logistics service – the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise. This is aimed at facilitating …

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Togo’s Palais De Lome is Now Home to Modern Pan-African Art

It is a scenic walk along the driveway leading to the entrance of Lome’s new centre for the arts. Past the crisp white walls and pivoting glass doors are the exhibition spaces – a blank canvas for African art by painters such as Emmanuel Sogbadji and Edwige Aplogan and sculptures by Sokey Edorh. A vaulted, …

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Sparking a Wave of Hardware-focused Companies in Kenya

Nairobi engineer Kamau Gachigi has set up an innovation lab called Gearbox, providing entrepreneurs with the equipment to realize their concepts. Gearbox offers access to materials and equipment including 3D printing, laser cutting and electronic circuitry at a high-tech, 20,000-square-foot shared maker-space. It helps cut costs for inventors by providing access to assembly machines through …

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Africa’s Richest Woman Blindsided by a Court Decision to Freeze her Assets

Isabel Dos Santos is the eldest daughter of Angola’s long-serving President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos who stepped down in 2017. According to Forbes her net worth is about $2.3 billion, she is now the target of an anti-corruption campaign led by her father’s successor. Her portfolio includes a 25% stake in the Angolan mobile phone …

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