Nigerian tech steps up to boost coronavirus testing

Covid-19 has stretched Nigeria’s health system and the country has lagged behind in its capacity to test for the virus, but tech companies are helping to find solutions, as Linus Unah reports

For over a decade, tech startups in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos have pioneered solutions in education, agriculture, health, fiscal transparency and payment technology in this dynamic and restless country. 

Africa’s Top 100 Brands 2020

When we carried out our survey of Africa’s most admired brands for the first time in 2010, things were looking optimistic for African brands, but since then their representation in the ranking has dropped by nearly two-thirds.

Coronavirus threatens Southern Africa’s tobacco industry

Restrictions on movement, border closures and a complete ban on cigarette sales in South Africa during lockdown are posing problems for tobacco farmers and traders in Southern Africa, as Tendai Marima reports

The sight of gloves, hand sanitisers and masks amid piles of tobacco leaves has become the new normal on the auction floors of Malawi and Zimbabwe, where a delayed selling season is underway following ongoing disruption caused by Covid-19.