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  1. April 18, 2014

    The Fragile Middle: Rising inequality in Africa weighs on new consumers

    “Those, those!”, exclaims the girl, pointing to an outsized bag of marshmallows on the top of the shelf, way above her...

  2. April 18, 2014

    Rebasing highlights Nigeria’s inequalities

    Some time around the time of independence from Britain in 1960, Nigeria began to be referred to as the Giant of Africa, a...

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  1. Investing in Nigeria

    Nigeria’s leadership may waver on vital economic reforms but business people are playi...
  2. Nigeria: Energy 2013

    Hopes rise in battle to beat power deficit...
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  1. beyondbrics

    April 18, 2014

    Nigeria insurance firms "ripe" for foreign buyers

    Nigeria’s insurance sector is growing rapidly and has low levels of penetration in a young society inhabiting Africa’s...

  2. April 16, 2014

    Bond investors parse the frontier story

    Many of the world’s poorest countries have notched up a debut dollar bond issue in recent years, taking advantage of strong...

  3. April 16, 2014

    Africans face $2bn yearly ‘remittance supertax’, says report

    Africa pays a “remittance supertax” of nearly $2bn a year due to the higher-than-average cost of sending money to the...

  4. April 15, 2014

    Carlyle closes sub-Saharan Africa fund at $698m

    The Carlyle Group has closed its maiden private equity fund targeting sub-Saharan Africa at $698m, 40 per cent above target,...

  5. April 15, 2014

    SABMiller considers shedding stake in casino chain Tsogo Sun

    SABMiller is considering a sale of its near-40 per cent stake in South African hotel and casino chain Tsogo Sun, a holding...

  6. April 14, 2014

    Temasek widens its Africa footprint

    Temasek, Singapore’s state investment company, has signalled a big push into the booming sub-Saharan African market, closing...

  7. April 14, 2014

    More than 70 killed in bus station blast near Nigerian capital

    More than 70 people have been killed in a bomb blast on the outskirts of Abuja, in the first terrorist attack on the...

  8. April 11, 2014

    How Nigeria rewrote its growth story

    ‘Nigeria overtook South Africa on Sunday to become Africa’s largest economy after the government nearly doubled estimates...

  9. April 11, 2014

    Letter from Lex: unconventional wisdom

    Readers, A series of efforts to overturn accepted thinking were under way this week. Top of the list was the Greek...

  10. beyondbrics

    April 9, 2014

    Jim O'Neill: shifting trade, a threat to global institutions

    Jim O’Neill believes, not for the first time, that economists and policy makers have got it wrong. They underestimate how...

  11. April 9, 2014

    Seplat raises $500m with London-Lagos IPO

    Seplat has raised $500m in an initial public offering in London and Lagos, valuing the Nigerian oil and gas group at $1.9bn...

  12. April 8, 2014

    Investors in corrupt ‘new Africa’ repeat old errors

    Either memories are short or our ethical compass is faulty. Or do we simply no longer give a damn? When Barclays refused to...

  13. FT Data

    April 8, 2014

    Changing statistics - and worldviews

    Facts might be sacred, but statistics are somewhat more pliable. As my colleague Chris Giles revealed this morning, the...

  14. beyondbrics

    April 8, 2014

    Ukraine adds to fears over South Africa food inflation

    South Africans have endured a torrid few months. Drought, floods, a presidential expenses scandal, rolling blackouts and a...

  15. April 7, 2014

    Nigeria and South Africa intensify rivalry after GDP figures

    Nigeria’s new statistical position as Africa’s leading economy looks set to intensify rivalry with South Africa, which has...

  16. April 7, 2014

    Nigeria: Size matters

    Bigger is better. And in Africa the biggest is now Nigeria after the government nearly doubled the estimate of the country’s...

  17. April 7, 2014

    Nigeria doubles GDP and exposes failures of government

    To savvy investors it has long been obvious that the Nigerian economy was bigger than officially recorded. But very few, if...

  18. Material World

    April 7, 2014

    Will luxury rush to Nigeria now?

      Getty Images Big (literally) news on Monday in the FT that on Sunday, thanks to a government recalculation, Nigeria’s GDP...

  19. FT Alphaville

    April 7, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Both a lender and a borrower be, China property edition: David looks at the wider...

  20. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Nigeria's GDP recalculation: the hidden costs

    Nigeria has overtaken South Africa to become Africa’s largest economy after the government released updated figures that...

  21. April 6, 2014

    Nigeria almost doubles GDP in recalculation

    Nigeria overtook South Africa on Sunday to become Africa’s largest economy and 26th largest in the world after the...

  22. April 2, 2014

    Buyout groups look to snap up energy assets

    Private equity groups, commodities traders and sovereign wealth funds look set to become bigger investors in energy markets...

  23. April 2, 2014

    Atomic Bomb: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Barbican, London – review

    Like a Nigerian funk version of Waiting for Godot, the main attraction didn’t turn up. William Onyeabor was present...

  24. FT Alphaville

    April 2, 2014

    The 'Crude Wall' cometh

    These two charts come from Citi’s commodities research team: They’re important. The reason being…well, we may have become...

  25. April 2, 2014

    Sports Direct’s super stretch plan rebounds on Ashley

    Don’t come on court if you won’t play by the rules. That is the stinging rebuke the City has delivered to former squash...

  26. April 1, 2014

    Ecobank’s new chief sets out to calm nerves

    Ecobank Transnational’s new chief executive says he will focus on consolidating the bank’s 35-country network across Africa...

  27. beyondbrics

    April 1, 2014

    Guest Post: East African Community - an investor magnet

    By Sarah Gelinas, Eaton Vance With five countries, 145m people and an annual GDP of US$110bn, the East African Community...

  28. beyondbrics

    March 31, 2014

    Guest post: Ecobank's lessons for pan-African banking

    By Stephen Adams of Global Counsel Events at west African lender Ecobank over the past six months have been widely and...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 28, 2014

    Consumers, Nigeria are focus for Africa PE funds

    South Africa, the African continent’s largest economy, had better take note. West Africa, an area that includes Nigeria, has...

  30. March 27, 2014

    Boko Haram insurgency affects 3m in northeast Nigeria, says relief agency

    More than a thousand people have been killed in northeast Nigeria since January and at least 3m have been affected by the...

  31. March 27, 2014

    Part of office life, but not colleagues

    A silent presence, they dust, collect the rubbish and wipe crumbs from your computer keyboards. Part of office life but not...

  32. March 26, 2014

    Growth in Africa’s GDP adds to its attraction for luxury brands

    Africa is hardly synonymous with wealth and luxury, but the African Development Bank says this may be about to change. A...

  33. beyondbrics

    March 23, 2014

    The week ahead, March 24-28

    It’s international conference season with meetings on Asian investment, Asean economies, African oil refining, small states...

  34. beyondbrics

    March 20, 2014

    Africa's upstart mining countries taking bites out of big boys

    South Africa and Nigeria are global mineral and oil suppliers, respectively, that have built up their specialist industries...

  35. March 17, 2014

    Suspended Nigeria banker issues rebuttal of misconduct claims

    The suspended governor of Nigeria’s central bank has issued a 27-page rebuttal to allegations of “gross misconduct” and...

  36. March 16, 2014

    Africa hits a bump on the road to prosperity

    Data Lab: sub-Sahara African growth faces bumps in the road South of the Sahara, economies have flourished over the past...

  37. March 12, 2014

    Recent setbacks will not undo Nigeria’s progress

    Allegations of unremitted oil revenues, and leadership changes at the central bank, have attracted a great deal of the wrong...

  38. beyondbrics

    March 12, 2014

    China slowdown clouds sub-Saharan Africa outlook

    In a world of shrinking liquidity, sub-Sahara African governments are finding little room to manoeuvre in stimulating their...

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