African borrowing levels surge anew


Sub-Saharan Africa is in danger of sinking back into the level of indebtedness that led the west to write off tens of billions of dollars worth of borrowing earlier this…


Nairobi’s vibrant art market points to a boom

As Paul Onditi prepared to move his family back to Kenya after a decade as a struggling artist in Germany, his former art school professor tried to dissuade him. “How…


East African nations urged to take advantage of strong growth

East African nations should take advantage of their strong economic growth to attract foreign investment at time when the continent’s commodity exporters are grappling with their worst downturn in years,…


Blackstone-backed group strikes African oil pipeline deal

Black Rhino, the African infrastructure investor owned by US private equity group Blackstone, has made its first $300m investment in a strategically important fuel pipeline between Ethiopia and Djibouti. The…


Official obstacles disrupt Nigeria’s Zuckerbergs

Two events in the indefatigable city of Lagos have given young entrepreneurs cause to swing between celebration and despair in a matter of days. The former came with Mark Zuckerberg’s…


Angola oil overhaul tests ties with Trafigura

An overhaul of Angola’s energy sector poses a test for Trafigura’s close-knit relationship with the west African country, as the Opec member restricts spending and forges ties with rival trading…


Visa plots Kenyan payments rival to Mpesa

Visa has partnered with four banks in Kenya to launch a mobile phone payments platform that will mount the first credible challenge to the country’s dominant Mpesa system. The mVisa…


A continent growing in fits and starts

The “Africa Rising” narrative gained momentum around 2010. As is the way with these things, it arrived about a decade late – and just as things were about to go…


Editorial

It is not unusual to hear people preferring not to file cases before th...


Agenda

Two weeks ago, the state celebrated the seventh national Justice Week a...


Fineline

Having their roots deeply entrenched in the leftist...


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While regulatory interventions and control are necessary to the healthy...


Viewpoint

Do citizens trust the Ethiopian government? Ask a rational person this...


Opinion

Sitting forlornly at the local barber shop, for the occasional trim, I...


View From Arada

Referring to the historical and cultural commonness of the people of Et...


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