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Jumia – Nigeria’s Online Shopping Answer to Amazon


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24483600

 

Report on the growing online shopping sector in Nigeria.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2013/11/shopping-nigeria?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/an_amazon_com_for_africa_

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24959254

Africa’s Economies: Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe


 

Al-Jazeera report focusing on the economies of three African countries: Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

 

Although Nigeria’s economy is typecast one-dimensionally about oil, Nigeria’s agriculture sector accounts for 40% of GDP. It also spends a whopping one-third of Nigeria’s federal budget on food imports.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2013/08/201381514574696881.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7gL3e3206E

Investing in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges


 

Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to seven of the world’s ten fastest growing economies in the next five years. At a recent Thomson Reuters event, U.S. Sen. Christopher Coons joins top African investment managers and business leaders before a live audience to identify key opportunities and ways to address risks, in a panel moderated by Reuters Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans. The video features local investors such as Yemi Lalude of Adlevo Capital and Bismark Rewane of Financial Derivatives Company Limited as well as a number of Africa focused foreign investors. Watch the video below.

Big Spending Nigerian Shoppers Besiege London


Good article in the Guardian about how Nigeria’s rising middle class are outnumbering most foreign shoppers in London.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/10/nigeria-shoppers-rival-russia-middle-east?CMP=twt_gu

 

Key stats:

*Nigeria has 142,000 visitors to the UK per year.

*US supermarket giant Wal-Mart sees space for 50 stores in Nigeria.

*Other big name brands like Apple see potential in Nigeria’s expanding economy and rising middle class.

 

Nigeria: The Young and the Unemployed


 

Al-Jazeera feature on youth unemployment in Nigeria. Despite Nigeria’s fast-growing economy and rich natural resources, there do not seem to seem to be enough jobs to go around for the hordes of young graduates each year.

 

Demographics are not helping either. Nigeria also has one of the fastest growing populations in the world, which is set to double by the year 2035. Rising unemployment + rising population growth = big trouble ahead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hsmqQaE7wE

MTV Base Interview with Aliko Dangote: Africa’s Richest Man


In other news, Dangote is apparently in talks with South African company Tiger Brands to sell a controlling stake in his flour company Dangote Flour Mills PLC for about $125 million dollars.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2012/05/07/africas-richest-man-aliko-dangote-may-sell-off-food-business/

 

He also plans to spend $7.5 billion dollars in the next 4 years to expand his business.

 

http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFJOE84904K20120510

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Lx_H_LrZ1DE

Sudan: the “Divorce” between North and South


For those who think secession is the answer to Nigeria’s problems – take a look at Sudan. A country with an Islamic north, and Christian oil-rich south. Oil pipelines run northward. Does that remind you of another west African country?

Interesting discussion that highlights the role and vested interests of China and the United States of America. The “US has no problem dealing with dictators. They just don’t like dealing with dictators that don’t play ball”. How succinct!

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/video/skyworldnews-14898227/war-looms-for-world-s-newest-nation-29135154.html

 

Yet North and South Sudan are on the brink of war, not long after South Sudan voted for independence from the North.

Porsche and Luxury Brands Come to Nigeria


 

http://castroller.com/Podcasts/ReutersUsBusiness/2822038

Popping Champagne and speeding Porsches: Luxury brands come to Nigeria to target wealthy elite.

Moet and Louis Vuitton are already in Nigeria. Next comes Porsche who are opening showrooms in Lagos and Abuja.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/popping-champagne-and-speeding-porsches-luxury-brands-come-to-nigeria-to-target-wealthy-elite/2012/03/22/gIQA9tiCTS_story.html

The “Occupy Nigeria” Movement and Phenomenon


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLfWWcpB4D4

I still do not understand why the government did not phase in the fuel subsidy withdrawal in installments; incrementally increasing the petrol price – rather than doubling the price overnight!  Clearly the government did not understand or anticipate that such a move would cause mass protests, especially among the technology and social media young generation who have spread their message and anger via social media.

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2104053,00.html?xid=gonewsedit

China’s Influence in Africa


BBC documentary on the spread of Chinese influence in Africa.  While many in the West view Africa as a land of poverty, to the Chinese it is seen as an almost limitless business opportunity. Profile of Chinese entrepreneurs who have travelled thousands of miles to set up businesses in Africa.

 

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