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Funding for tech startups up 74%

Nigeria and Kenya were the top destinations for tech funding in Africa but other countries are catching up in another record year for deals.…

Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank – How to do well by doing good

Putting the national interest ahead of short-term profit is the secret behind the success of First Bank of Nigeria, as Omar Ben Yedder learns in conversation with the bank’s CEO, Dr Adesola Adeduntan

I travel to meet Dr Adesola Adeduntan in Edinburgh, where he has been invited to give a keynote address at the Edinburgh School of Business about the role of financial institutions in driving financial inclusion.Fittingly,

Banks take on fintech for the youth market

Traditional banks have launched a spirited and highly innovative fightback against fintech payments service platforms that have been eating into their market share.

West African regional bourse reaches out to SMEs

Edoh Kossi Amenounve, CEO of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM), talks to Hichem Ben Yaïche about the role of this West African stock exchange in financing the regional economy.…

Ubuntu Coin: A gold-backed crypto currency for Africa

African entrepreneur Mamadou Kwidjim Toure is launching a gold-backed cryptocurrency that he hopes will help even out the constantly fluctuating values of local African currencies and connect more Africans to global markets.

Can Team Ramaphosa stabilise economy?

Although South Africa’s main financial institutions, the Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank, are now under competent management, the economy continues to limp along.…

Cover Story: The Enormous Potential of Fintech

Looking back, it is amazing to realise how one technological leap could have had such a profound effect on people’s lives and brought about such a massive change in economic behaviour in such a short time.