Archive for the ‘Nigeria’ Category

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Expanding Into Africa

Via Quartz Africa, a report on Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty which is expanding into Africa: Fenty’s planned launch in Africa is perceived as a reaction to the growth of the continent’s beauty and personal care industry which is now valued at over $12 billion. Latest figures show the market could reach $14 billion in 2022, oiled by a […]

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Why Nigeria’s Biggest Telecom Companies Are Getting Banking Licenses

Courtesy of Quartz, an article on why Nigeria’s biggest telecom companies are getting banking licenses: Nigeria is increasingly liberalizing its financial services sector away from a total dependence on banks to include providers with different business models and distribution channels. The latest step in that evolution is the granting of ‘payment service bank’ licenses to […]

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Facebook’s Fibre Optics In Nigerian State Put Africa Pivot In Focus

Courtesy of The Guardian, an article on how Facebook - as it faces rising pressure in the west – is investing in digital infrastructure elsewhere: When government officials in the southern Nigerian state of Edo set about radically improving poor internet access for its population of 4 million, they didn’t have to look far for help. […]

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Africa: A Very Bankable Continent

Via Reuters, a report that the African Development Bank has secured $32.8 billion for projects in Africa: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has secured $32.8 billion in investment commitments for projects in Africa, the bank’s president said at the closing of a meeting with investors on Thursday. The largest deal secured at the three-day Africa Investment […]

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Y’ello Future: MTN’s Efforts To Woo Gen Z African Users

Via Quartz Africa, an article on how MTN, Africa’s biggest telcom, thinks its booming fintech and 4G services will woo Gen Z users: Last year in Nigeria, African telecoms group MTN doubled its mobile money transaction volume, deployed 4G in over 9,000 new sites, and bought spectrum for its 5G rollout. On Feb. 27 while unveiling […]

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China’s Investment Drive and Africa’s Disjointed Infrastructure

Via The Diplomat, an article on some of the disjointed infrastructure projects taken up on the African continent by Chinese firms: At Alagomeji, a suburb in Lagos, there is a towering new building housing the Lagos-Ibadan train project. This building is perhaps the most visible testament to the much touted and very aggressive China-Nigeria relationship. […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.