Bolingo Consult helps organizations to deal with miscommunication by seamless technology
One Website, Multiple languages: Bolingo Consult helps organizations to deal with miscommunication by using technology.
Standard Bank appoints Marie-Gabrielle Opese CEO in DR Congo
Ms Opese joined Standard Bank in the DRC in 2009 as Head of Risk & Company Secretary. In that capacity, she was also in charge of the bank’s credit portfolio management as well as Legal, Compliance, and Corporate Governance. Her primary portfolio has remained Risk & Credit since 2013.
Google Africa collaborate with CMM for 4th edition of The Future Is Female Mentorship Program
C. Moore Media and Allison+Partners have opened applications for the fourth edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program.
[Column] Joanne Mwangi – Yelbert: Entice more women in tech to bridge skills gap and bolster growth
Digital technologies hold immense potential to improve people’s economic and social outcomes, yet challenges remain regarding women’s access to and use of these technologies.
How does African women’s health compare to women’s health around the world?
In Africa, however, according to the World Health Organization, a woman’s life expectancy is just 54 years.
IFC envisage d’accorder un prêt global de 47,5 millions $ à 6 filiales africaines du groupe financier Baobab
Le groupe financier français, présent en Afrique, négocie un prêt en monnaie locale avec la Société financière internationale pour 6 de ses filiales en Afrique subsaharienne.
[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.
[Nigeria] NCDMB pushes for increased women CEOs in oil industry
The training, based on a course content developed by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), is being conducted by international master trainers certified by the United Nations agency.
La Fondation Batonga en partenariat avec la Fondation Mastercard étend ses programmes au Sénégal
La Fondation Batonga d’Angélique Kidjo étend ses programmes au Sénégal pour maximiser sa portée auprès desadolescentes et des jeunes femmes
Oakantswe Construction has secured funding through the Abadali Equity Equivalent Investment Programme
The Abadali Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP), which is administered by Edge Growth, has invested in Oakantswe Construction and Projects, a 100% black female owned and managed electrical contracting firm.
[Interview]: Maïmouna Baillet Directrice de Sinergi
Maïmouna Baillet Directrice de Sinergi, Directrice de fonds du réseau IPDEV 2, nous parle des difficultés et des opportunités auxquelles elle est exposée dans sa fonctions et dans son pays, de la place du genre dans le capital investissement et les objectifs et visions pour l’entrepreneuriat.
Three African women fund managers receive grant funding from Visa
Three women fund managers SME.NG (Nigeria), Altree Capital (Kenya), and Maia Capital (South Africa) are the selected recipients of Visa’s grant funding from the African Women Impact Fund Initiative (AWIF).
Inua Capital to launch a new impact-focused private equity fund for Ugandan SMSEs
Inua Capital is pleased to announce the launch of its flagship fund, Inua Impact Fund, with over US$8 million of commitments for Ugandan Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.
[column] Chernay Johnson: The hard limits of retail digitalisation in Africa
A tech-enabled solution stack has emerged across the retail value chain, spanning solutions which are addressing inefficient sourcing and distribution systems, payments, inventory management, discovery functions, and a whole lot more.
[Interview] Anne-Marie Chidzero, Chief Investment Officer at FSD Africa Investments
Anne-Marie Chidzero, Chief Investment Officer at FSD Africa Investments, talks about the risks and opportunities in backing Africa’s early-stage startups.
Export Launchpad Uganda to open doors for women-led SMEs to global markets
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), TFO Canada, and the Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) have launched the Export Launchpad Uganda program to provide women-led SMEs with the necessary tools and knowledge to expand their businesses in international markets.
Les nouveaux partenariats pour stimuler le financement des PME en Afrique.
IFC et le Groupe Bank of Africa renforcent leur partenariat pour stimuler le financement des PME en Afrique.
Mastercard’s Girls4Tech program continues to empower girls in Sub-Saharan Africa with STEM skills
Mastercard’s Girls4Tech education program boasts an interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum based on global science and maths standards
AfDB appoints Marie Laure Olugbade Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery
The African Development Bank has appointed Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, a Cameroonian national, Vice President for its Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery complex.
Eleven Kenyan researchers selected for fellowship to enhance agri-food policies
Drawn from diverse organizations including the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies, the 49 AWARD Policy Fellows hail from six African anglophone countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia).
Boitumelo Mosako assumes office as the CEO of The Development Bank of Southern Africa
The appointment and handover process which kicked off in February 2023 has gone seamless, led by the Board with oversight from the Shareholder, National Treasury.
IATA and AWS launch first datathon to boost diversity in aviation
The datathon builds on the success of IATA’s 25by2025 initiative.
[Kenya] Uber and Google launch empowerment program for women drivers
Ride-hailing company Uber has launched a community-based women empowerment initiative for women drivers and delivery partners using the platform in Nairobi.
TradeMark Africa and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry launch online platform for women traders in East Africa
Designed to support women in trade across East Africa access and use vital and simplified information, iSOKO will unlock opportunities for participation, formalisation of businesses and growth in trade value.
Mediterrania Capital Partners joins the “2X Challenge”
Mediterrania Capital Partners, a Private Equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs and mid-cap companies in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries to announce that it has been selected by DEG, FMO and Proparco as a “2X Challenge” investment firm.
almentor secures a $10mn investment round led by e& capital for its expansion
almentor secures a $10mn investment round led by e& capital to bridge the education gap for 10 million Arabic speakers.
KFC appoints Akhona Qengqe General Manager for Africa
Akhona’s experience, spans across multiple industries including petroleum, property, marketing, operations and convenience retail. She has also served as the Chairperson of the Board of the Franchise Association of South Africa.
[Interview] Anne Catherine Tchokonté, DG d’Orange Money Cameroun
Anne Catherine Tchokonté, DG d’Orange Money Cameroun: "nos tarifs de retrait ont baissé de 25% en octobre dernier… "
NMB Bank opted to list Jasiri Bond on Luxembourg bourse
Trading of the bond at the DSE will continue, and the hope is its listing in Luxembourg will attract the attention of global investors on sustainable and gender-based bonds.
[East Africa Business Week] Bob Koigi: Investing in women-led businesses
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for an estimated 90% of all businesses in Africa and women own about a third of all registered African SMEs.
[Column] Khethiwe Nkuna: Why investing in women is a smart economic policy
There is a growing body of evidence around the world that shows that gender diversity is linked to innovation in business. An innovation mindset is six times more likely in more gender-equal cultures than in the least equal ones.
[Column] Mary Ngechu: Placing women at the center of development discourse works
Any conversations around increasing our competitiveness as a country without looking at women’s involvement are echoes in a hollow chamber. This is no longer a ‘good conversation to have’; it is an urgent measure that needs to be taken.
[Interview] Dr. Mohamed El Sahili, CEO, Medland Hospital, Zambia
Dr. Mohamed El Sahili is the Chief Executive Officer of Medland Hospital, Zambia. As a medical doctor and entrepreneur, Dr. Sahili also serves on the board of key economic international organizations like the African Business Roundtable, the American Chamber of Commerce, Zambia, Olympic Youth Development Center and the Africa CEO Forum.
[Interview] Dr. Mohamed El Sahili, PDG, Hôpital Medland, Zambie
Le Dr Mohamed El Sahili est le directeur général de l'hôpital Medland, en Zambie. En tant que médecin et entrepreneur, le Dr Sahili siège également au conseil d'administration d'organisations économiques internationales clés, telles que l'African Business Roundtable et l'American Chamber of Commerce.
[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: Gas price triggers ripple effect across industries
Nigeria’s inflation as of the month of May stood at 17.71%, but economists are now predicting just a month later a new figure we can expect at the end of this year.
[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: Government, Industries move to expand women enterprise
With plunging profits in its prized sector, oil and gas, and an ever-climbing inflation, Nigeria is increasingly turning to what most of the world has been blind to – the potential of women in business.
[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: Banks move into East Africa, telecom pushes NSE profit
The telecom industry this week recorded a peculiar development – the massive registration of Nigerian SIM card holders.
[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: Banks rally behind women-led SMEs
The NNPC has an approximated value of 50 trillion naira. With oil and gas infrastructure in Nigeria constantly plagued by mischief and vandalism, an ECOWAS expert has profferred a very interesting solution to this persisting problem
[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: Telecoms slide into banking, Central Bank ups interest rates
The last few days have shown us developments and setbacks, statistics that show growth on the one hand and room for improvement on the other.
[East Africa Business Week] Bob Koigi: Harnessing the potential of African intermediary cities
Africa’s urbanization rate has reached a record high with the continent being the most urbanized globally.
[Column] Mary Ngechu: Making space for the next generation of women in manufacturing
Pivotal moments in history have brought manufacturing to where it is today, and women have played an important part in the sector’s evolution over the years.
[Nigeria Business Week] Andrea Ayemoba: Industries unanimously look toward renewable, sustainable practices
The Covid-19 crisis has been cause for numerous economic slumps round the world; companies were shut down, production halted, industries crippled and prices skyrocketed the world over.
[Column] Lizelle Strydom: How the BPO sector is giving African women a platform to grow
While training programmes can help bridge the skills gap for women from disadvantaged communities, it is vital that organisations develop a culture of mentorship to help women progress in their careers.
[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Invest in women entrepreneurs to improve livelihoods
The resilience of women in entrepreneurship and business does not go unnoticed. It is their agility to overcome archaic beliefs and tough situations that have proven their worth.
[Interview] Victoria Nannozi, CEO, The Association of Real Estate Agents, Uganda
The Association of Real Estate Agents, AREA-Uganda, is an umbrella institution of real estate agency/brokerage companies, consultancy real estate firms, and real estate agency /brokerage professionals in Uganda that have key interests in real estate agency/brokerage.
[Interview] Naike Moshi, Country Director, CVPeople Tanzania
CVPeople Tanzania is a talent acquisition and recruitment company that has for 6 years established itself as a frontrunner in the executive search and headhunting for clients across banking, telecom, and NGO sectors.
[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Nurture technical skills to revolutionize manufacturing
Countries all over the world have prioritized manufacturing in their economic rebound strategies, following the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
[Column] Titilayo Adewumi: Building greater sustainability, climate resilience in West Africa
Across Africa, urban centres are rapidly expanding as the continent’s large – and growing – youth population seek better fortunes in the city.
[Column] Phyllis Wakaiga: Increasing participation of women in the manufacturing sector
The increased participation of women in manufacturing is the inevitable change we need to achieve our industrialization goals.
[Column] Andiswa Bata: What it entails to support women entrepreneurs
Whilst female entrepreneurship is on the rise globally, The World Bank's research shows that female entrepreneurs tend to encounter a unique set of challenges in starting and running their businesses.
[Interview] Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator, AFAWA programme, AfDB
Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s flagship pan-African initiative
African Development Bank delivers on a decade of transformative commitments to reduce poverty
For the past five decades, the African Development Bank Group has been at the forefront of driving Africa’s economic transformation, leveraging its diverse resources and unique know-how as an indigenous development finance institution.
Tough future for women small-scale and informal cross-border traders
As the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to unfold, it becomes clear that some will be hit harder than others.
[Column] [Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Home-grown solutions are key for sustainable development
Necessity is the mother of all inventions. We are witnessing an increase in innovations as the world races to develop a vaccine to treat COVID-19.
[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.
[Column] Rémy Ejel: International Women’s Day: What will it take to achieve gender equality?
“There should be equality for all – men and women – at all levels, and all ages” was the compelling call from Anna, one of our young female talents at Nestlé CWA Ltd, about gender equality.
[Startup Interview] Radwa Khairy, Founder, Talents Fit, Egypt
Radwa Khairy has over a decade's worth of experience in the Human Resources, Hospitality and Travels fields. In December 2018, she founded Talents Fit, a recruitment platform servicing human resourcing and employment needs in Egypt.
[Interview] Kagure Wamunyu, CEO, Kobo360, Kenya
Kobo360 was launched in 2017 by entrepreneurs Obi Ozor and Ife Oyedele II. Kagure Wamunyu is the current CEO, leading the company's expansion and growth in the African region.
[Column] Donna Rachelson: What Corporate SA should be doing this Women’s month
South African business has a serious diversity problem - only 3.3% of listed companies have female CEOs and 85% of CEOs are white, despite an increase from 2018.
[Column] Maria Auma: Let's really talk AfCFTA
When I envision AfCFTA, I see a continent where the cost of trade is cut by nearly 80 per cent. Having been in the importation business for over three years I will say that the one thing that eats up our profits the most was the importation taxes and duties.
[Column] Anne Wambui Gaitha: African Trade Agreement key to Financial Services, Logistics, Tourism industries
I believe that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is a game changer in international trade and will be an amazing opportunity for African brands.
[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.
[Interview] Anne Wambui Gaitha, CEO, Regal Africa, Kenya
Anne Wambui Gaitha is an investment and financial services professional. She founded Regal Africa in 2015. Located at Top Plaza, 4th floor, Kindaruma Road, Kilimani, Nairobi, the company provides diverse financial services in East Africa.
[Startup Interview] Wilhelmina Diop, Marketing Director, HelloSolar, Ethiopia
Wilhelmina Diop is investing her skills in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development into providing rural communities in Ethiopia with affordable access to power, through the startup company, HelloSolar.
[Column] Pippa Scaife: It pays to be emotional-‘I am a feminist’
I am a ‘feminist’.It’s a title that’s crept up on me over the last few years, as I’ve become increasingly impassioned about gender equality.
[Interview] Kemi Ayinde, CEO, Healthpoint, Nigeria
Kemi Ayinde is co-founder and CEO of Heathpoint, a company making healthcare, through the use of technology, widely accessible and affordable in Nigeria.
[Interview] Faridah Afadameh, CEO, Ashfar Group, Ghana
Faridah Afadameh is CEO of Ashfar Group, a pan African business enterprise with footprints in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.
[Interview] René Stegmann, Director, Relocation Africa
René Stegmann is a South African entrepreneur experienced in the Mobility, Research and Immigration industries, and is currently the Director of Relocation Africa.
[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Embracing inclusivity is smart economics
Evidently, the novelty and productivity that women bring into a business is being lauded across the world for having a reverberating effect on all growing economies.
[Column] Flora Mutahi: Closing the gender gap in the Kenyan workplace
As the world marks International Women’s Day it is time to take stock of our strides as Kenya, towards gender parity, especially in terms of women’s economic contribution.
[Interview] Jill Sawers, Director, FEMTECH, South Africa
Dr. Jill Sawers is an innovation, business and entrepreneurship development specialist that co-founded FEMTECH to roll out in Africa an experiential training programme for women entrepreneurs running technology-enabled businesses.
[Interview] Donna Rachelson, CEO, Branding & Marketing YOU, South Africa
Founded in 2007, Branding & Marketing YOU is headed up by Donna Rachelson - branding and marketing specialist, author of three best-selling books, successful businesswoman and savvy business investor.
[Interview] Kirsty Chadwick, Group CEO, TTRO, South Africa
Kirsty Chadwick, a citizen of New Zealand, puts to work her passion for education and the technology at her disposal to create innovative, cost effective and fully customised e-learning solutions.
[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.
[Interview] Kathryn Main, CEO, Money Savvy Kids, South Africa
Kathryn Main is an advocate of financial literacy and believes it is a cornerstone of prosperity and security for any community. The author of 'Raising Money Savvy Kids', she runs her company in Johannesburg, South Africa, delivering financial education in a number of ways.
[Column] Donna Rachelson: The future of women in the workplace in South Africa
Year after year, the majority of senior executives in South Africa are men. In July last year, only one of the JSE’s Top 40 companies had a female CEO.
[Interview] Hayat Essakkati, Director, Maroc4Invest, Morocco
Hayat Essakkati is a Dutch/Moroccan entrepreneur and Director of Maroc4Invest, a company that secures foreign investors a smooth and efficient entry into the Moroccan market.
[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.
[Interview] Lara Onafeko, CEO, Sidney Folarin Consulting, South Africa
Lara Onafeko is a Nigerian entrepreneur, CEO of consulting firm Sidney Folarin Consulting, located in Cape Town, South Africa.
[Column]Flora Mutahi: Women can boost global value chains
The move by Ethiopia to increase female representation in Government is the latest indication of a global wave of awakening to the reality that increased female participation for development is a must for any economy.
[Column] Donna Rachelson: Careers of South African businesswomen constrained by unsupportive male partners
A supportive relationship with male partners is a key factor in women succeeding in the workplace. This is a rarity in South Africa and it is negatively affecting women’s careers.
[Column] Bob Koigi: Water access and economic growth nexus
For every $7 spent on water and sanitation, a community receives $30 worth of benefits according to the World Health Organization.
[South Africa] Pink tax causes financial pain
Basic toiletries, grooming products, medical screenings and haircuts are some of the items that see women spending hundreds to thousands of rands more than their male counterparts.
[Column] Michael Hailu: Focus on youth, women will boost agribusiness
There are two strong arguments why we need to get greater women and youth involvement in agriculture – pragmatic and strategic.
[Interview] Marcia Ashong, Founder, TheBoardroom Africa
Marcia Ashong, of Ghanaian nationality, is an entrepreneur with experience in upstream oil and gas law, project management, consulting and business development. She founded TheBoardroom Africa, an outfit dedicated to increasing female boardroom participation in Africa, with her co-founder Tamsin Jones.
[Nigeria Business Week] Towards self-dependence, reduced importation
As industries grow, so does the job market, consumer satisfation and investor confidence. Nigeria is gaining a reputation as fertile ground for both business expansion and takeoff point for startups.
[Interview] Duduzile Mkhwanazi, CEO, Project Isizwe, South Africa
Duduzile Mkhwanazi is the Chief Executive Officer of South African non-profit organization, Project Isizwe, an organization dedicated to bringing internet access to the populace.
[Kenya Business Week] Gauging regional growth through Kenya’s prism
As one of East Africa’s big brothers in economic growth and development, Kenya has this week continued to attract praise and investment with its landmark investments delivering impressive payoffs.
[Startup interview] Mary Mwangi, Founder and CEO, Data Integrated Limited, Kenya
We have gained good traction especially in the transport sector, we were able to process over 5million transactions and about $40 million dollars in 2017 on our platform.
[Interview] Maria E. Auma, Managing Partner, Blue Luxury Investments, Uganda
Maria E. Auma is a Ugandan entrepreneur and finance expert. She is currently the Managing Partner of Blue Luxury Investments, an investment management firm based in Kampala, Uganda.
[Column] Caroline Ndungu: Women economic empowerment key to gender equality
Much of the 20th Century has been characterized by the agitation for the promotion of equality and equity for women who for a long time have played at the periphery of society.
[Column] Oyinkan Adewale: Women Entrepreneurs in an Emerging Economy- Running a Bankable Business
In 2017, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was 0.83% (compared to a decline of 1.58% in 2016). In the second quarter of 2017, the country officially emerged from arecession which had lasted about a year.
[Interview] Funke E. Adeniji, Founder, Women Elite Sports Empowerment Initiative, UK
The Women Elite Sports Empowerment Initiative (WESIE) was founded in 2012 by British/Nigerian Funke E. Adeniji, who began playing basketball in her teens, working her way up from collegiate level basketball in the UK to division 1, the UK’s premiere league for women.
[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Women and the future of manufacturing
The world of manufacturing is beginning to realize the value of women’s participation for its advancement, as it transforms through technology and rapid digitization.
Engaging Africa’s young girls with technology
Young girls in Africa face overwhelming barriers to education caused by socio and economic challenges, widening the gender gap.
[Column] Flora Mutahi: Women and Future of Work: Opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The onset of new technological inventions is always underpinned by ambivalence at best, and at worst, fear and alarm.
[Column] Mariam Abdullahi: The top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators
After nearly two decades of uninhibited growth and profitability, African telecoms operators (telcos) are facing the converging forces of digital disruption.
[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.
[Interview] Kyle Moss, Government Affairs Program Manager, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Kyle Moss serves as a government affairs program manager and head of global entrepreneurship for Qualcomm Wireless Reach. Based in San Diego, Moss designs, implements, and manages social impact programs throughout Africa, Asia, and the US.