MTN – More than a corruption and bribery accusation

March 6, 2019

Business and politics are seldom unconnected in emerging markets, particularly in strategic infrastructure sectors such as telecoms. So when relations between nation states ebb and flow, the fate of those countries’ commercial players often rise and fall in tandem. On Friday 15 February 2019 the South African Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) announced the […]

Clarity in Africa – Country in Focus: Mozambique

March 6, 2019

Since we turned our methodology and resources to also cover Sub-Saharan Africa, we’ve been receiving an influx of bespoke requests*, views** and updates***. Mozambique is one of higher performers in terms of demand, reflecting the levels of interest and sheer potential this country has to offer; namely its high ranking energy reserves and untapped tourism […]

The Dantatas, the Dangotes and a bid to transform Nigeria’s downstream oil industry

January 30, 2019

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the founder of Dangote Group of Companies, is easy to write headlines about; not only has he been named as Africa’s richest man for the 7th year in a row, but has also made clear his personal ambition to buy Arsenal football club.  More recently the spotlight has been on the hugely ambitious refinery project Dangote […]

Mozambique: The new Seychelles?

January 22, 2019

Natural gas might seem the obvious investment story for Mozambique, and there is no doubt that with the discovery offshore of the world’s 14th largest reserves by volume ¹ the country’s economy will in time be transformed. But while operators struggle with technical and logistical challenges, as well as the current market glut of LNG, other […]

Sub Saharan Africa | 2017 Fastest Growing SMEs

November 15, 2018

In our series, looking at the top performers across SSA, we go to the SME-segment of the market and recognise the fastest growing companies. 2017 Fastest Growing SMEs Company Sector Sunsweet Solar Solar Mama Fresh Food ABC Car rentals Hire Ambo Mineral Water Consumer Orchid Business Group Consumer Hehsac Logistics Sustineo Magnus Ltd Agro Verdant […]

Sub Saharan Africa | 2017 Best Performing Companies

November 13, 2018

In anticipation of what 2018 will prove in the battle of the brands, we take a look at the best performers in 2017.  Four key metrics were used: liquidity, solvency, return on assets and profit margin.  Last year, South African companies continued their domination of the best-performing companies on the continent. Company Market Cap(US$ th) Bowler […]

Sub Saharan Africa | What are the fastest growing e-commerce start-ups?

November 12, 2018

These 9 startups are making major strides in SSA; continuing to experience growth and success despite the odds stacked against them.  We already have a few of them profiled in ClarifiedBy. Company Country Sector MeQasa Ghana Online Real Estate iRoko TV Nigeria Media Services provider BitPesa Kenya Blockchain Technology Giraffe South Africa Mobile Recruitment Platform Dusu Pay […]

Sub Saharan Africa: Most Valuable Brands 2017

October 25, 2018

Since launching our capabilities across Africa, the team have begun receiving enquiries and fielding lots of questions. We thought of adding a little more clarity around the key brands, from the mega to the emerging. Here is the first of a series of rankings we thought you would find interesting: Most Valuable Brands in 2017. Download […]

“The sun rush” – Off-grid solar power companies in East and West Africa.

October 17, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the sunniest places in the world but despite this abundance of natural resource, it ranks amongst the most reliant upon fossil fuels for the production of electricity. Moreover, access to electricity via the national grid is typically limited to 43% of the population, but in rural areas this figure is […]

Nigerian-Lebanese: West Africa’s Most Successful Diaspora

October 8, 2018

Over the years, Lebanon’s strongest export has been its citizens, who remit billions of dollars annually back to their country. Much of this capital flow has originated from Nigeria, where Lebanese immigrants settled as early as 1885. The Lebanese diaspora now dominates diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy from hospitality to real estate as well […]

Gulf investments in West Africa

November 6, 0201

Despite being historically Africa’s earliest trading partner, news of the Middle East region’s more recent investments into the continent have sometimes been pushed into the margins by headline-grabbing initiatives by China and India, amongst others.  However, the emergence of Dubai as a hub for companies wanting to invest in Africa – helped no doubt by […]