CNN's Robyn Curnow sits down with Frank Braken, the executive vice president of Unilever in Africa.
Western companies operating in Africa have long underestimated the continent's consumers, according to a top executive in one of the world's biggest consumer goods groups.
Professor Bruce Whitehouse's blog from Mali began last fall as a slice of culture and society in the West African nation.
Dioncounda Traore, Mali's interim president, was beaten and rushed to a hospital after hundreds of protesters demanding his resignation stormed the presidential palace Monday.
The arrest of a Nigerian politician who deposited millions of dollars of stolen money in UK accounts has raised questions about the role of British banks in corruption.
James Ibori, the former Governor of Nigeria's oil region, pleaded guilty to stealing $250 million over eight years
For decades, many African countries saw some of their most skilful young people take their talents to other parts of the world, lured by the financial prospects outside the continent.
Nkepile Mabuse reports from Nigeria where "repats"are leaving cash-strapped Europe to return to Africa for work.
Guinea-Bissau political parties announced a president to lead a transitional government that would rule for up to two years, the proposed timeframe for planning new elections.
David McKenzie looks at how Chad's economy is still feeling the impact of the Libyan conflict.
Military leaders and a group of political parties in Guinea-Bissau have announced the formation of a Transitional National Council after a recent coup plunged the African country into deeper chaos.
Mali's new interim president vowed that he would not let the country be split by rebels as he was sworn in Thursday, restoring the country to civilian rule after a brief military coup.
Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure handed in his letter of resignation on Sunday, an official said, helping pave the way for the nation's return to civilian rule.
France on Saturday welcomed an agreement between military coup leaders in Mali and a regional bloc that would return the country to democratic rule, two weeks after a coup plunged it into turmoil.
Mali state television announced late Friday that the leader of Mali's coup, Captain Amadou Sanogo, and the Economic Community of West African States have agreed to a plan under which the coup leaders will hand over power to the civilian government in exchange for the end of trade and diplomatic sanctions.
Separatist rebels who captured northern areas of Mali called a cease-fire starting Thursday, saying they had captured key territory and achieved their military mission.
The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday once again called for the restoration of the democratically elected government of Mali, which the military overthrew in a coup last month.
International pressure built Tuesday for leaders of the military group that seized power last month from Mali's democratically elected president to restore the nation to civilian rule.
West African countries slapped Mali's ruling military junta with economic sanctions Monday, saying steps toward restoring democratic rule announced over the weekend weren't enough.
The United States called on coup leaders in Mali on Friday to step down and allow for elections to take place.
Investment banker Ahmed Saeed of Nomura discusses whether Libya's economy is ready for recovery.
President Barack Obama hailed Ghana as a "model for democracy" during a meeting with the nation's leader that addressed issues ranging from democracy to economic ties.
In a much-publicized statement apparently aimed at China, during her recent visit to Africa U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned against a "new colonialism in Africa," where it was "easy to come in, take out natural resources, pay off leaders and leave."
China and India have been rapidly forging new economic partnerships in Africa.
African voices meets ZewelinzimVavi, a trade union activist who has been described as the "new moral conscience" of South Africa.
South Africa risks witnessing mass uprisings if it doesn't act urgently to deal with rampant youth unemployment, the leader of the country's trade union movement has warned.
The Libyan government in Tripoli estimates the grinding conflict that has been tearing the country apart for the past five months has cost the national economy some $50 billion.
CNN's Ivan Watson takes a look at the construction projects around Tripoli, Libya that have come to a complete halt.
Zimbabwe's parliament has ratified a 20-year $98 million loan from China to build a defense college, despite objections from members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party that the poverty-stricken country should prioritize the spending in other ways.
In 1998, al Qaeda bombed the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Victims weren't compensated. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
Remittances sent from abroad are a lifeline for millions in Africa, and now online services are aiming to make it quicker and easier to transfer money to the continent.
CEO and Founder of World Remit, Ismail Ahmed talks about the impact of moving money by mobile phone.
Motherboard.tv looks at the bizarre criminal world of Ghana's e-mail scam gangs.
Ghana is doing extremely well by African standards. Of course "by African standards" means there are dirt roads leading past the brand-new, gold-columned presidential palace, and it seems 1 percent of the country is blowing their country's GDP at bars with $50 cover charges while the other 99 is selling bags of water at stop lights. They have huge mineral reserves and lots of foreign money invested in their extraction, all of which ends up concentrated in the hands of the president, his cabinet, and whichever of their cousins they're getting along with at the time.
CNN's Robyn Curnow asks Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti how he is steering the country onto a path of economic stability.
International investors looking to tap into Zimbabwe's economy should not be deterred by its political problems, the country's finance minister has said.
In what has been described by environmental groups as a "world first" for a developing country, Rwanda has said it will make sustaining its environment a national priority.
The price of cocoa approaches an all-time high after unrest in Ivory Coast. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.
A United Nations representative has condemned sexual violence in the Ivory Coast as the White House met with leaders urging the nation's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to give up power.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to send 2,000 additional troops to Ivory Coast, bringing the total mission there to more than 11,000 troops and police.
CNN's Zain Verjee talks to head of African research for Standard Chartered Bank about Africa's economic prospects.
The economic outlook for several African countries is expected to improve this year, according to a leading analyst.
Kenya's prime minister headed to Ivory Coast on Sunday with a warning for the country's self-proclaimed president, urging him to step down or face military intervention by his neighbors.
A new year opened with intransigence in a divided Ivory Coast, as two political rivals ignored threats and deadlines Saturday for one another to step down.
A three-man West African delegation won't return to Ivory Coast until Monday, when it will ask self-declared President Laurent Gbagbo to relinquish his post or face a military ouster, a representative of the group said Friday.
Edwige Tonete rarely steps out of her house in Abidjan these days. Something bad is looming in her beloved Ivory Coast.
West African leaders tell Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo step down, or else.
Ivory Coast remains in a political crisis triggered by the country's disputed presidential election on November 28.
Three African presidents met with their defiant counterpart in Ivory Coast Tuesday in an effort to defuse the country's political crisis.
At an emergency meeting Friday, West African leaders warned they will not hesitate to use "legitimate force" if necessary to defuse an escalating crisis in Ivory Coast sparked by incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to cede power.
The head of a West African group of nations rejects the idea of power-sharing talks in the aftermath of the disputed Ivory Coast election, its president said Saturday.
Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, whose claim to office is in dispute following last month's national election, on Saturday accused Western officials of destabilizing his government by lobbying military leaders and state media to back his rival, Alassane Ouattara.
The African Union has suspended the Ivory Coast from the organization amid the country's political chaos following a November runoff election, it said in a statement.
Oil and gas entrepreneur Wale Tinubu says the continent is evolving and that good governance is spreading.
A year after a crisis, Nigeria's banking system has improved, says Tony Elumelu, a former African Business leader of the year.
One year after suffering a similar crisis as Wall Street did in 2008, Nigeria's banking system has significantly improved, according to one market expert.
The African Development Bank (AFDB) has put its troubled past behind it and is now stronger than ever, according to president Donald Kaberuka.
African Development Bank President, Donald Kaberuka, tells CNN despite the global economic downturn, the bank today is stronger than ever.
Workers continue their strike in Johannesburg. Nima Elbagir reports.
The South African government has increased its wage and housing offers to striking workers, a union spokesman said.
In Africa, we have made great strides towards poverty reduction and broader development in recent years and indeed, we are one of the first regions to show signs of recovery from the global downturn.
A nationwide strike of South African government workers is threatening the country. Richard Quest addresses the issue.
Public sector workers embarked on a countrywide strike in South Africa on Wednesday.
The idea that those who have should share with those who don't is inherent in most societies -- insects, animals and humans alike.
As many as 1.3 million public sector workers are on strike across South Africa. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
Public sector workers went on strike across South Africa Tuesday, closing schools, putting a crimp in hospital staffing and wreaking havoc on a wide array of public services.
Zimbabwe's president on Monday ruled out prosecuting those behind the 2008 violence and killings that engulfed the country and accounted for about 200 deaths.
Ajai Chowdhry is the co-founder of HCL Infosystems Ltd., a global enterprise with plans to expand in Africa.
African countries should invest in broadband infrastructure to improve the welfare of their people, according to Ajai Chowdhry, co-founder and CEO of HCL Infosystems, the global IT services provider.
Certified presidential election results announced Friday in Guinea put conservative Cellou Dalein Diallo in first place out of a field of 24 contestants, followed by liberal Alpha Conde, an election observer told CNN.
Results of Guinea's election are scheduled to be announced Friday, elections observers said, as a tense nation waited following the first free ballot since the west African nation gained independence about five decades ago.
FIFA has come under fire from South African businesses upset with the tough trade restrictions put in place by soccer's world governing body for the 2010 World Cup.
FIFA is accused of heavy-handed protection of its World Cup sponsors to the detriment of South African businesses.
The United States on Monday called for a peaceful and early transition from military to civilian rule in Niger, following last week's coup which ousted President Mamadou Tandja.
Investors have pumped a record amount of money into equity funds focused on emerging markets this year in a sharp reversal of sentiment.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe used his address to the U.N. General Assembly Friday to slam sanctions imposed against him and others in his regime, blaming them for worsening the plight of people in his country.
Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, Zimbabwe's president calls for Security Council reform and an end to sanctions.
Nigeria's Central Bank governor has injected more than $2.5 billion into five Nigerian banks and fired their managing directors and has vowed to hold bank officers to high professional and ethical standards.
Nigeria's government is shaking up the country's banking sector to avoid a meltdown. CNN's Christian Purefoy reports.
Finance minister Tendai Biti tells African Voices about the stress of rebuilding Zimbabwe's ailing economy.
The worst cholera outbreak in Africa in 15 years has killed more than 4,000 Zimbabweans, and the crisis threatens to worsen when the rainy season hits, the U.N. Children's Fund said Thursday.
Zimbabwe will get no financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund until it moves ahead with sound policies and settles its outstanding debt, the IMF said Wednesday.
Zimbabwe's new finance minister Wednesday complained that President Robert Mugabe's government is running on taxes and duties paid on beer and cigarettes.
The United States faces a Zimbabwe-style economic collapse if it keeps "spending a bunch of money we don't have," South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday.
The International Monetary Fund has announced it will send a fact-finding mission to poverty-stricken Zimbabwe next week to assess the nation's "economic situation and prospects."
The UK government has announced plans to introduce "quantitative easing" to help the economy.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was celebrating his 85th birthday with a lavish all-day party Saturday despite the fact that the country is gripped by an economic and health crisis.
Zimbabwe's new prime minister on Sunday called the country's economic situation "dire and serious" and asked the international community for help.
The political crisis that has gripped Zimbabwe for nearly a year may be drawing to an end, but a deadly cholera outbreak there is only getting worse.
The European Union tightened sanctions on Zimbabwe's leadership on Monday, condemning President Robert Mugabe's government for its "ongoing failure to address the most basic economic and social needs of its people."
Zimbabwe's central bank says it will soon introduce a 100 trillion dollar note as the once prosperous country battles to keep pace with hyperinflation that has caused many to abandon the country's currency.
A top Zimbabwean human rights activist facing charges of recruiting people for insurgency training and terrorist bombings is a "threat to society" and must remain in custody, the country's attorney general said.
Zimbabwe's main opposition party has asked organizations such as the United Nations to help find 11 supporters who were allegedly abducted by government agents, a party spokesman said.
Zimbabwe's central bank will introduce a $50 billion note -- enough to buy just two loaves of bread -- as a way of fighting cash shortages amid spiraling inflation.
The Zimbabwean government has declared a national emergency in the face of a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 560 people, the state-owned newspaper The Herald said Thursday.
Armored cars patrolled the streets of Zimbabwe's capital and residents flocked to banks Thursday after limits on cash withdrawals were lifted in the inflation-ravaged African nation.
Amnesty International demanded Wednesday to know the whereabouts of human rights activist Jestina Mukoko, who it says was abducted at dawn by armed men in civilian clothes posing as police.
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