The Many Faces of the African Economy

Six of the top ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. There is a rapidly growing African middle class. Urbanization is increasing faster than the infrastructure of African cities is able to keep up with. I have talked about these, and many more, broad-stroke statistics before. However, not all African countries have […]

Innovation In Africa: Disruptive and Contextualized

Scores of ihubs and technology incubators are attended by thousands of young Africans.  Foreign businesses and entrepreneurs are running to the “Rising African Tiger” economy.  With all this activity one would think that these new ventures are meeting with overwhelming success.  The truth is innovation is a risky business.  Most novel ideas are never put […]

Investing in Africa

There is more than one way to do it Over the last dozen, or so, months I have written many blog posts, tweets and contributed to LinkedIn group discussions urging readers to invest in Africa.  When I use the words investment+Africa, I receive more likes, re-tweets and comments than I do with other keywords or […]

E-agriculture Gets Gift From Nigerian Government

Entrepreneurs and technology innovators in the field of e-agriculture have been given a gift by the Nigerian government.  For those of you not familiar with the term, e-agriculture refers to the “enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes” (Wikipedia). E-Agriculture Gift PUNCH magazine’s December 17, 2012 quotes the Nigerian Minister […]

African Investment Climate Is Heating Up!

African investment is far from occupying a central place on world financial stage, yet there are signs that it is commanding more attention. Data Driving African Investment Most commentators and promoters of African investment point to data that testifies to what some are calling “Africa’s demographic freight train.”  There is a growing middle class.  They […]

African Investment – Not a Unique Risk

This morning I have listened to coverage of the World Economic Forum, particularly a panel discussion “DeRisking Africa.”   I urge all readers to view the entire 51 min. discussion of African investment yourself.  I just want to make some brief observations. South African President, Jacob Zuma, began his contribution with an objection to the topic […]

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