Capital, Capacity and Community for ScaleUPs in Africa

In February 2023, Universal Music Group (UMG) annouced a majority strategic investment into Mavin Global – a leading African records label based in Nigeria – the deal is subject to regulatory approval by the end of Q3 2024. By some estimates the deal is between $125M and $200M giving UMG about 80% of Mavin Global. …

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ScaleUP Africa

The African continent has a land area of 30.37 million square kilometers (11.7 million square miles) — large enough to fit in the U.S., China, India, Japan, Mexico, and many European nations, combined.  Which begs the question “how do you scaleup on a continent so big, yet so fragmented into 54 individual countries that have …

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AFA@10 begets Chanzo Capital@10 in 2024

The year is 2010, a young Eric Osiakwan is engaged in two experiments; getting the West Africa Backhaul Company (WABco) off the ground as an entrepreneur during the day and backing early-stage tech startups by night. Over the next three years, the former faces major headwinds whilst the latter takes off, and with it his …

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Photography of Silicon Savannah

Kenya has transformed itself from a leading tourist destination to an innovation hub resulting in an entrepreneurial tech revolution and earning the name “Silicon Savannah”. I hosted leading photographer, Lou Jones in Kenya to capture incredible images that depict this transition as part of the panAFRICAproject. The project’s mission is to create a contemporary, visual …

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Africa’s emerging Crypto economy

On the 1st of March, South Africa based cryptocurrency exchange, VALR announced their $50M series B raise at a $240M valuation led by Pantera Capital. On that same day, Africa’s leading mobile operator MTN announced their purchase of 144 plots of virtual land in Africarare – the first African virtual reality metaverse featuring digital land. …

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Africa’s Creative Digital Economy

On 12th January 2022, Warner Music Group (WMG) announced their majority acquisition of Africori – the first major acquisition of the year in the entertainment industry. Momentum has been building toward this as WMG first invested in Africori in April 2020 at the height of the pandemic, followed in December 2020, with Africori signing a …

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Africa’s Digital Economy Welcomes Web3

The global pandemic has had the unintended consequence of speeding up Africa’s digital economy. The transition to digital services and the adoption of transformative mobile technologies have been rapid in the last two years with e-commerce being the biggest beneficiary. This digital transformation has been driven by home grown solutions – some of which are …

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Cote d’Ivoire Tech Rising

When I first coined the KINGS (Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa) term in September 2013, Cote d’Ivoire also known as Ivory Coast was a small “i” in the KiNGS. The country was just emerging from a tumultuous civil unrest that followed a disputed election in 2010 that ousted then incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo …

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South Africa’s Mergers, Acquisitions and Exits

Mergers and acquisitions worth US$52B were completed in South Africa during the first half of 2021, with the value of deals growing by 958% from 2020 with the tech sector in the lead according to Refinitiv Data that provides financial markets and infrastructure data. According to Digest Africa, the value of mergers and acquisitions in …

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The Fintech Unicorns of The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Celebrations are in order because Nigeria turned 61 on 1st October 2021. In the “KINGS of Africa’s Digital Economy”, I recognized Nigerians for their hustle and that hustle has to date produced four of the leading fintech unicorns in Africa namely, INTERSWITCH, FLUTTERWAVE, CHIPPER CASH and OPAY. You can make that five if you count …

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