[Interview] Renate Swanepoel, COO, INC. Networking
Renate Swanepoel is an entrepreneur, global networker and inspirational speaker that gained significant networking and communication skills through her extensive travels and appearances at international conferences and trade shows.
[Interview]: Ady Namaran Coulibaly, Operations Manager at Bolingo Consult
Ady Namaran Coulibaly is Operations Manager at Bolingo Consult, she is dedicated to providing localization and multicultural insights for Africa and its languages to Language Services Buyers and LSPs.
Mediawan annonce l’acquisition des sociétés Côte Ouest
Mediawan annonce l’acquisition des sociétés Côte Ouest,Cote Ouest Audiovisuel Maurice et Atlantic Pictures Limited.
CMSWire Connect Conference | Austin, Texas | May 10-12
CMSWire CONNECT is the premier event for professionals in digital customer experience, content management, and enterprise collaboration. This dynamic conference features top-notch speakers such as Ice-T, Scott Galloway, Sean Albertson and others.
[Kenya] Court orders Meta to cut ties with content moderation firms
The case brought against Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has taken a new twist after the High Court in Kenya ordered the company not to engage any third-party content moderators.
[Vacancies] Africa Business Communities wants to work with Freelance Sales Managers, PR Managers and Marketing Managers in Nairobi, Kenya
[Vacancies] Africa Business Communities wants to work with Freelance Sales Managers, PR Managers and Marketing Managers in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenyan Creators Shine in TikTok's Inaugural Africa Creator Hub Programme
A select group of talented content creators from Kenya have just made history as the first graduates of TikTok's Africa Creator Hub developed in partnership with Wowzi,
43 Kenyan content moderators sue Meta for unfair dismissal
The friction between social media giant Meta and African-based content moderators has taken a new twist after 43 content moderators sued the company over allegations of discrimination.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino re-elected by acclamation at historic FIFA Congress
Gianni Infantino will serve a second term as FIFA President after being re-elected unopposed to lead global football’s governing body for another four years, during the 73rd FIFA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda.
[ChatGPT Biography] Jason Njoku, Founder iROKOtv
Artificial Intelligence is taking the world by storm. As an experiment, Africa Business Communities is publishing a series of 100 biographies of the most successful entrepreneurs in Africa. We only ask the questions and let ChatGPT write.
[Interview] Ismail Akwei, Speaker, YouTube Creators Festival
Ismail is among the speakers at The YouTube Creators Festival, a three-day convention that will bring all content creators across the region to engage, educate and inspire in the global YouTube community.
Les marques de distributeurs et les emballages personnalisés essentiels pour redéfinir la perception des marques "Made in Africa".
Les biens et produits fabriqués en Afrique sont souvent perçus comme étant de qualité inférieure à ceux d'autres pays. Redéfinir cette image est essentiel pour accroître la compétitivité des fournisseurs africains, tant au niveau local qu'international.
Private Labels, Custom Packaging Key to Redefining Poor Perception of ‘Made in Africa’ Brands
Goods and products manufactured in Africa are often perceived to be of inferior quality compared to those from other countries. Redefining that image is key to increasing the competitiveness of African suppliers both locally and internationally.
[Column] David Culver: A city apart, Beijing steels itself for the Winter Olympics
Landing in Beijing right now is like entering a fortress. At the Capital International Airport – the only port of entry permitted for athletes, Games personnel, and media – all Olympic participants will be kept totally apart from the general population.
The best ways to build your business brand and increase sales
What is business branding, how does it increase sales, why should you create a brand for your small business? These are some of the questions this article aims to answer.
[Vacancies] Africa Business Communities wants to work with freelance Business and Tech Journalists, Bloggers
Africa Business Communities is looking for Freelance Business and Tech Journalists, Bloggers in Nigeria | South Africa | Ethiopia | Uganda | Ghana
[Interview] James Hunt, Vice President, Creative & Marketing Lead, CNN International Commercial
CNN International Commercial Vice President and Marketing Lead James Hunt discusses strategies the company has put in place while working with brands to remobilize as they adapt to the new world order.
[Startup Interview] Ancel Bwire, CEO, Ancywax, Uganda
Ancywax is a research, media and marketing startup domiciled in Uganda’s capital Kampala that has since 2014 been offering clients a cocktail of services from idea to implementation through a model dubbed Concept Development.
[Startup Interview] Josephine Pretorius, Founder, Consolidated Marketing Services, South Africa
Josephine Pretorius is the founder and CEO of Consolidated Marketing Services, CMS, a South African startup offering marketing and PR services to clients predominantly in the energy and power infrastructure sector.
[Startup Interview] Mathias Pwol, CEO, Trillaman Studio, Nigeria
Mathias Pwol is the CEO and producer of Trillaman Studio, an entertainment and media startup based in Lagos Nigeria.
[Interview] Cajetan Boy, CEO, Et Cetera Productions, Kenya
Cajetan Boy is the CEO of Et Cetera Productions, a Kenyan based film production company.
[Column] Isaac Korir: Winning the war on fake news
Fake news remains a topical hot potato. Some say that winning the war against it is a losing battle.
[Column] Tini Sevak: Trust, reliability and relevance are at the heart of today’s news consumers
Marketing has existed for as long as people have had something to sell, but the modern era - with the advent of traditional and then digital media - has transformed consumers’ relationships with products.
[Interview] Mary Njoku, Director General, ROK Film Studios, Nigeria
Nigerian Film and Entertainment Studio, ROK, was recently acquired by French media giant, CANAL+. Mary Njoku, the leader of ROK, talks to Africa Business Communities about the aquisition and what it means for the African entertainment industry.
[Startup Interview] Boluwa Olojo, Marketing Officer, Go Ads Africa, Nigeria
Boluwa Olojo joined the startup Go Ads Africa as its Chief Marketing and Sales officer, telling the company story and selling its products.
[Column] Victor Oladokun: African sports as a business and a brand
At the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the visual imagery of almost empty stadiums is a powerful narrative. But not the kind that African sports, African football, or corporate sponsors deserve.
[Column] Ellana Lee: What CNN's investment in telling the African story represents
Africa and CNN’s reporting across the continent has been a longstanding and essential component to the success of the network since CNN International launched in 1985.
[Interview] Esther Dumbiri, Managing Director, SHTL Publishing, Nigeria
Esther Dumbiri put her talent with words and colors to good use by starting a publishing firm over a decade ago, a firm that has grown in leaps and bounds.
[Nigeria Business Week] Industries partner to reach common goals
The sectors are revving up to keep up momentum as the 2019 opens new doors for Nigeria’s stride toward economic balance.
[Startup Interview] Job Mutai, Co Founder, New Age Media, Kenya
Job Mutai is the Co Founder and the Creative Director of New Age Media agency, a marketing, communications and media company based in Nairobi, Kenya.
[SA Business Week] Opening businesses to the world, growing markets
In the recent years, South Africa has continued to prove that it is one of the most diverse and promising emerging markets in Africa. The country has become a key global hub for investment, innovation and research.
[Kenya Business Week] Cementing bilateral relations with South Africa, China
As Kenya continues to cement its position as East Africa’s economic powerhouse, it has been on a charm offensive targeting African and global public and private players.
[SA Business Week] Naspers breathe new life into startups, filmmakers train eyes West
The tech startup fever has been spreading across the globe like bush-fire and Africa has not been left out in this bandwagon. More and more people are entering into the tech space because technology never gets old and new inventions keep evolving.
[SA Business Week] Blockchain to curb Cape Town water issues, taxi operators get a boost
Blockchain technology came into being in the early 2009. This invention was faced with a lot of backlash as most people lacked prior information about it and were therefore not ready to risk investing in it.
[Vacancy] Freelance African Tech Journalist
Africa Business Communities will be developing a Tech Platform on its website and is therefore looking for a freelance journalist/webmaster
[Interview] Ibijoke Maxwell, Host/Executive Producer, The JoMaxwell Show, UK
Ibijoke Maxwell is the Nigerian/British host of the Jo Maxwell Show, a show designed to give exposure to the African community in the UK media.
[Startup Interview] Sol Mukasa, Founder, Brand Honcho, South Africa
Sol Mukasa is the founder and head of Brand Honcho, a marketing and advertising agency that is changing the rules of marketing through broadening the way agencies and clients interact with one another.
[Interview] Adisa Amanor-Wilks, Founder, Abjel Communications, UK
Adisa Amanor-Wilks is an international journalist and communications professional with over 17 years’ experience. She is founder of Abjel Communications, a media and public relations agency keen on positioning Africa on the global stage.
AfricaCom 2017 | 7-9 November | Cape Town | Register for free
Get your free AfricaCom visitor ticket and join the biggest gathering of Telecoms & Technology enthusiasts on the continent.
[Startup Interview] Tope Hassan, Founder, ISOKO Africa, Nigeria
Tope Hassan is known as an African Tourist, bootstrapping through African nations to discover African Brands & Entrepreneurs. She founded ISOKO Africa a year ago as a dedicated media outlet for African brands.
[Startup Interview] Nena Okeke, Founder, Tai-tas Insperasa, Nigeria
Nena Okeke is synonymous with resilience and diversity. Having set up her startup in 2008, it took her six years to see it finally up and running.
[Column] Tony Elumelu: Demystifying African Business Myths
Though the story line on Africa has progressed – it is no longer about “saving” Africa, but how best to promote investments in Africa – there is still work to be done to tackle inaccurate information about Africa that persists in mainstream media.
Africa Press List - African journalists and bloggers empowered
As a digital B2B publisher, Africa Business Communities is dedicated to Africa Business News and to connecting Africa business professionals and entrepreneurs with each other.
[Interview] David Njenga, Creative Director, Nick Creations
David Njenga is Creative Director at Nick Creations, an Agency that specializes in brand development, market research and Public Relations. He talked to Africa Business Communities about brand development and diversification and Nick Creations’ role in positioning brands in Kenya and across the continent.
[Column] Gerhard Oosthuizen: Four mega-trends shaping mobile payment platforms
With rapid smartphone penetration in South Africa boosting research and development, it is no surprise that local fintech players are turning their attention towards mobile payment innovation.
Samsung emerges Africa’s most admired brand
African Business magazine in partnership with Brand Africa, Brand Finance, GeoPoll and Kantar TNS has released the results of the Top 100 brands in Africa.
Africa Business Communities is looking for Partners
In addition to our Africa Business Communities website we will launch several spin-off websites, that can be either country platforms, industry related platforms or a combination of the two.
Multichoice, Comcast's NBCUniversal and Sky partner to launch streaming service in Africa
The new Showmax group will be 70% owned by MultiChoice and 30% by NBCUniversal. It will build on Showmax's success to date and aim to create the leading streaming service in Africa.
Pop culture is the biggest influencer of African youth, report
Pop culture is the biggest influencer of African youth, according to the Who is Influencing Who? Unpacking Youth and Influence in Africa report.
Spotcovery, serving as a bridge between African Americans and Africans, launches optimization tool on site
Spotcovery, the innovative media platform that connects descendants of the African continent while promoting culture, creativity, entrepreneurship and economic growth, has launched the Slickstream optimization tool on its website.
Africa will have 57 million pay TV subscribers by 2028, report
About 16 million pay TV subscribers will be added in Africa between 2022 and 2028 to take the total to 57 million. This is according to the latest report by Research and markets.
[South Africa] Advertising Regulatory Board introduces new standards for crypto ads
South Africa’s Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) has introduced a new clause to the country’s Code of Advertising Practice detailing how crypto products should be dealt with.
This new social-media platform seeks to change how African Stories are told
African Stream, a newly created social-media platform with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya brands itself as a tool that seeks to challenge negative stereotypes and give a voice to Africans through cutting-edge, African-centered content.
Facebook’s content moderation partner in Africa Sama quits
Sama, Facebook's largest content moderator has discontinued its services for the social media company. Following this shift, Sama will release about 3% of its workforce, most of them from its moderation hub in Nairobi.
Ayoba App announced major milestone of 20 million monthly active users
MTN, in partnership with ayoba, Africa’s Super App, has reached an exciting 20 million monthly active users in December 2022.
OSF award $1.1 million grant to Afrobarometer to spur future growth
Afrobarometer has received $1.1 million in institutional funding from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), the grant will enhance Afrobarometer’s positive research work undertaken across the continent for the past 20 years.
CANAL +,AFD et l’association Convergence pour intensifier la formation des acteurs de l’audiovisuel en Afrique
Canal Plus One, l’association Convergence et l’AFD ont signé un accord de partenariat pour intensifier la formation et l’insertion professionnelles des acteurs de l’audiovisuel en Afrique.
La Fondation AW Free et FactSpace West Africa forment des journalistes togolais à la vérification des faits.
Les journalistes ont été guidés à travers les processus de vérification des faits, notamment l'identification des affirmations, la vérification des informations, la présentation des faits, la diversification des sources et l'élaboration de rapports de vérification des faits, entre autres.
Hisense opens first B2B showroom in South Africa
Hisense, the global home appliance and consumer electronics brand, has announced the opening of its first B2B showroom in South Africa.
AW Free Foundation, FactSpace West Africa train Togolese journalists on fact-checking
The journalists were taken through the fact-checking processes including identifying claims; verification of information; presentation of facts; diversification of sources and putting together fact-check reports among others.
Les 8 nouveaux pays africains rejoignent le programme MultiChoice Africa Accelerator
Un coup de pouce de plusieurs millions de dollars pour les petites entreprises alors que de nouveaux pays africains rejoignent le programme MultiChoice Africa Accelerator.
[Kenya] Social media platforms failed to stop misinformation during 2022 elections elections
A study by Mozilla Foundation has revealed that social media platforms Facebook, TikTok and Twitter performed poorly in their efforts to stop the spread of misinformation during the Kenyan 2022 elections.
[Kenya] Spotify launches an online video series that brings together music industry stakeholders
The African music industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years due to a variety of factors, including collaborations with local and international artists, music streaming, and social media.
Airtel Africa signe un accord avec OneWeb pour fournir des services Internet en Afrique
Airtel Africa a été nommé fournisseur des services de connectivité Internet par satellite à haut débit et à faible latence de OneWeb pour les gouvernements et les entreprises du continent africain.
Unlocking the Future of African Mining at the Mining Indaba 2023
Investing in African Mining Indaba the world's largest gathering of the most influential stakeholders in the African mining industry, is gearing up to again deliver a record-breaking event that will facilitate greater investment into African mining.
UNDP and Magic Carpet Studios to launch Magic Lab Bootcamp for young West and Central African Innovators.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with leading Nigerian animation studio, Magic Carpet Studios announced the upcoming launch of the visual animation training for 30 young West and Central African Innovators in Lagos, Nigeria.
Afreximbank announcesd US$1.5 Billion financing programme to Botswana
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced a historic lending arrangement to Botswana, in the form of a three-year Country Programme of up to US$1.5 billion(on a net basis), with funding for up to seven years for eligible transactions.
World class film and studio complex to be built in Nigeria
Afreximbank signs deal with Silverbird Entertainment for the construction of a world class film and studio complex in Nigeria.
Kenyans to start paying 16% VAT on Facebook ads from November 1
Meta, Facebook’s parent company has announced that all Facebook ads in Kenya will be subject to value-added tax (VAT) VAT beginning this November.
Sanlam and MTN Group’s InsurTech alliance kicks off as transaction is approved
Sanlam and MTN Group announced the strategic alliance to market and distribute insurance and investment products across Africa.
MTN Group to host Africa’s first virtual concert in the metaverse
MTN Group has announced that the network will host an Africa-first virtual concert on 30 November 2022 in Ubuntuland, Africa’s metaverse.
Eutelsat, Sentech, France24, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, AFP to attend broadcasters convention in Kigali
Themed: ‘Digital Broadcasting – Promoting Our Values And Enriching Our Lives”, the convention had participants discussing and taking essential decisions on content, infrastructure and investment for broadcasting in the converged digital space.
Spotify invests $100K into new Africa Podcast Fund initiative
Spotify has announced a first-of-its-kind podcast initiative on the continent, the Africa Podcast Fund, with the goal of supporting podcasters and further amplifying their stories
Visa Programme unlocks new opportunities in the creator economy
Creators are driving a revolution in digital commerce and culture – producing content that entertains, engages, and educates online communities in powerful new ways.
MultiChoice collaborates withThe Earthshot Prize to spotlight African solutions addressing climate crisis
The Earthshot Prize aims to find scalable solutions to address the world’s biggest environmental problems and repair the planet over the next 10 years.
Vodacom launches Prime Video Mobile Edition subscription to its customers
With Prime Video Mobile Edition, customers benefit from Prime Video’s full catalogue of thousands of movies and TV series and Amazon Originals on a single mobile device The Prime Video app allows for streaming and downloading of content in standard definition.
Elections completed for ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board
Member States elect governance body for UN specialized agency and global custodians of radio spectrum.
Canon launches a virtual academy video platform for filmmakers
Canon Central and North Africa on Thursday announced the launch of a virtual film school to provide filmmakers with a dynamic, interactive, and engaging educational platform.
[Kenya] StarTimes programming review boosts entertainment offering
Subscriber’s enrolled to the StarTimes pay television platform are set to enjoy enhanced content offering following the broadcaster’s review of key programs available on the pay television platform.
AfricaWeb, Ghana FA enter into partnership agreement
The partnership agreement, described by both parties as mutually beneficial, will see the GFA and AfricaWeb share ideas and compelling content intended to serve Ghanaians home and abroad in the best possible way.
TechPR Nigeria appoints Felicia Ochelle as new CEO, announces pan-African expansion
TechPR Nigeria, a Public Relations and Communications firm, has announced the appointment of Felicia Omari Ochelle as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
[Kenya] Showmax and Vision Plus partner to offer customers three months of streaming upon purchase of Vision Smart TVs
Showmax and Vision Plus have partnered to give customers who buy a Vision Plus smart TV three months of Showmax. This deal is valid for the next two years, from September 2022.
Ecobank partners with AMA Academy to launch fintech training and awards for African journalists
Ecobank Group and AMA Academy will work together to develop customised fintech training modules for business, finance, and tech journalists across the continent. Modules will be available in two languages: English and French.
[interview] Nixon Kanali, Founder, TechTrendsKE, Kenya
Nixon Kanali is a Kenyan-based tech journalist, blogger and digital influencer. Since 2014 he has been running TechTrendsKE, a platform that highlights developments and trends in the tech space.
Allison + Partners acquires African-tech-focused PR agency C. Moore Media
C. Moore Media International Public Relations (CMM), a boutique independent PR agency specializing in the U.S., UK and African markets, has joined Allison+Partners.
[column] Marlene Mutimawase: The marketing language you should know!
According to GSMA ,495 million people subscribed to mobile services in Sub-Saharan Africa, representing 46% of the region’s population – an increase of almost 20 million on 2019. With the number continue to go high, how business owners can use this opportunity to reach more customers? are you aware of the language used in mobile marketing?
Hivestack signs strategic partnership with PHD Media for DOOH in South Africa
Ad-tech company Hivestack announced a partnership with media and marketing communications agency PHD Media. This partnership enables PHD to integrate programmatic DOOH into the omnichannel strategies of their customers' brands.
African Business Roundtable et Afreximbank concluent deuxième webinaire de la série sur la préparation des projets
L'African Business Roundtable (ABR) et la Banque africaine d'importation et d'exportation (Afreximbank) se sont réunies la semaine dernière dans le cadre d'un projet bien exécuté qui est une passion pour les deux organisations - faire aboutir des projets commerciaux.
African Business Roundtable, Afreximbank conclude second webinar in series for project preparation
The African Business Roundtable (ABR) and the African Import Export Bank (Afreximbank) came together last week in a well executed endeavor that is a passion of both organizations - bringing business projects to fruition.
Meta and Sama back down on attempts to gag South African whistleblower Daniel Motaung
Meta and Facebook’s African contractor Sama have confirmed they do not plan to pursue a gag order against Daniel Motaung.
[Kenya] Government says it has no plans to shut down the internet ahead of August 9 elections
ICT CS Joe Mucheru dismissed threats by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to shut down Facebook ahead of the Kenyan August 9 General Election.
Hivestack launches programmatic Digital Out of Home (DOOH) marketplace in South Africa, inks partnership with Xaxis
Xaxis South Africa has announced it’s partnership with Hivestack, the world’s programmatic digital out of home (DOOH) ad tech company, to drive the future of OOH, forming a truly programmatic DOOH solution in the South Africa market.
[Kenya] Meta Announces New Initiatives to Curb Misinformation Ahead of August Elections
Meta’s investments and work around the Kenya General Elections include removing harmful content to keep users on the platform safe and reducing problematic content across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
MultiChoice training investment, a massive boost for African TV
A new training initiative is set to revolutionise the African TV sector, taking industry skills to a new level and boosting the quality of content for audiences across the continent.
TikTok launches an elections hub in Kenya ahead of General Elections
TikTok has launched product features and completed in-market activities to support its vision to help its community access factual and authoritative information about the Kenyan general elections ahead of 9 August.
Nielsen advances digital measurement of the open web in 17 more markets
The Nielsen Identity System powering Digital Ad Ratings addresses advertising waste and helps enable advertisers and publishers to measure reach and frequency of their audiences with confidence knowing that when a digital ad is viewed, demographics are deduplicated across mobile and PC platforms.
The Africa Narrative launches with AfroCreatives WikiProject
The Africa Narrative (TAN), a non-profit focused on supporting African creatives launches the AfroCreatives WikiProject, funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects.
Mdundo, Universal Music Group announce licensing agreement for key African markets
Mdundo.com, one of Africa's music services provider, announced it has reached an agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG), the multinational music-based entertainment company, to license the service across key African territories.
Meta’s AI machine translation research helps break language barriers in Africa
Meta announced that it has built and open-sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages.