Business

African agriculture in 2016

Important wins were notched up for African agriculture in 2016

2016 was a big year for agriculture in Africa with some notable “wins” across the continent. One of the most important gains was the...

‘Reel’ way of growing vegetables transforming lives in South Africa

A start-up business specialising in hand-made vegetable seed strip products is alleviating food shortages, educating and promoting self-sustaining communities in South Africa.
African traders buy clothes at a shop in Guangzhou, China

Global fashion brands make a beeline for Nairobi middle class shoppers

International fashion brands are set to open more stores in Nairobi this year as they seek to cash in on the expanding middle class...

South Africa’s scrubland plant entrepreneur

South Africa's Western Cape has more botanic biodiversity than the rainforests of the Amazon. Most of this is composed of "fynbos" - scrubland plants...
Innovation

Africa’s first FinTech Innovation Bootcamp

Early-stage venture capital firm and innovation accelerator Nest has partnered with global payments technology company Visa to introduce a four-day FinTech bootcamp, which claims...
Afropreneurs

Meet the home decor company fusing brooklyn cool with afro-chic

While other children grew up playing video games, Ugandan-American interior stylist Nasozi Kakembo designed blueprints. After a stint in the human rights and social...

$13m Irrigation Scheme to Benefit 980 Farmers in Rwanda

A solar-powered irrigation scheme has been launched in Ngoma District in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. The project which covers 300 hectares, 265 hillside and 35...

Sandra Aguebor: Lady Mechanic

Sandra Aguebor is Nigeria's first lady mechanic. Growing up in a polygamous family in Benin City, her mother actively discouraged her from following her...
Afropreneurs

Afropreneurs: Essie Bartels Aims to Be West Africa’s Premier Culinary Ambassador with Essiespice

After living on three continents and traveling across 25 countries, there’s one place where Essie Bartels has always felt at home—the kitchen. Growing up, she...