Kaeme: Personal Care Products with a Purpose

PERSONAL CARE The personal care industry in Africa is changing to meet the needs of a young, vibrant population. Kaeme is a young start-up based in Accra, Ghana that is leading the way in producing high quality personal care products from Ghana for West Africa, Africa and the World market. We interviewed the proprietor of Kaeme, the jubilant entrepreneur Freda Obeng Ampofo on starting the business, its growth prospects and her future aspirations The future of the personal care industry in Africa is young, authentic, hip and vibrant. With a…

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Eugene Stals – Why Phatisa is Focused On Investing In Africa’s Food Industry

PRIVATE EQUITY Africa Inc. talked to Eugene Stals, the Chief Investment Officer of Phatisa on the private equity fund focused on the food and housing industry in Africa. The opportunities in Africa’s food industry value chain are increasing, and Eugene believes that Phatisa’s approach fits perfectly in changing the narrative in the Continent. Eugene, you joined the Phatisa team as Chief Investment Officer in November 2018, after almost a year back on the continent, what are your impressions on the growth of the asset class in your absence? I think…

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Jeremy Block – Coffee icon celebrates 70 years of Dormans Group’s impact

INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW The name Jeremy Block is synonymous with the coffee industry in Kenya, Africa and beyond, and when put together with Dormans Group, he has spent nearly 40 years to grow the company to be the leading coffee growers, processors and exporters in East Africa. As the company celebrates its 70th anniversary, Africa Inc.magazine had a discussion with Jeremy as he eases off his responsibilities and hands over daily management of the Group to a new set of leaders. Please take us back to 70 years ago when the…

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Musa Otieno – Growing Africa’s Next Leaders Through Football

SPORTS & COMMUNITY Through The Kick-Off To Hope Foundation, Musa Otieno Has Turned His Love For Football To Bring Change To Young People And The Community In Nairobi. The Foundation Runs A Football Academy In The Deprived Eastlands Section Of Nairobi For Young Boys And Girls, While Helping The Local Community. The name Musa Otieno is synonymous with football in Kenya – especially in the Eastlands area of Nairobi, where the love for football comes as second nature to young people and adults alike. As a former captain of the…

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Kwanza Tukule Foods – Improving Access to Nutritious Foods for Urban Dwellers

START-UP Kwanza Tukule Foods is seeking to change the way lower income earners in Nairobi, Kenya eat away from home. With a focus on providing access to affordable, delicious and nutritious protein foods and utilising the latest digital technology and sustainable practices, the company aims to transform food vending in Kenya and the region’s urban landscape. Innovation is on the rise in Africa and the use of technology to solve day to day problems is moving full steam ahead, and with it the kinds of enterpreneurs and solutions being launched…

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Sunny Verghese – Olam International’s rise from its Nigeria origin to global giant

INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEW Olam International’s co-Founder & CEO Sunny Verghese is proud of the great progress that his company has made since it started out in Nigeria in 1989. With operations across the five continents across the food and agro industry, he has also taken the role of championing for sustainable business practices around the World. The first time I got to meet Sunny Verghese, the Co-Founder and Group CEO Olam International, I was surprised by his huge grasp of figures, and the ease with which he has a strong awareness…

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Sokoni Africa Limited – Uganda’s integrated ranching, meat and retail operator

FOOD, AGRO & RETAIL Sokoni Africa Ltd runs a vertically integrated ranching, meat packing and retail business in the middle of Kampala that stands out for its focus on excellence and sustainability. The Africa Inc. team took a trip to Kampala to listen to Leah Wanjiku, General Manager, Seven Hills Ranch and Yannick Duyck, Marketing Manager at the Quality Hill Mall about their company’s present and future plans. Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill christened Uganda as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ in his 1908 book, “My African Journey” after his…

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Africa Logistics Properties – Changing Nairobi’s Warehousing & Logistics Landscape

PROPERTY Africa Logistics Properties is leading the charge to a more efficient, cost-effective and quality warehousing industry in Kenya, seeking to change a sector that has had its fair share of challenges, despite rising opportunities. The Africa Inc. team had a discussion with the CEO, Richard Hough, at their Tatu City facility on the future of logistics and warehousing in Kenya and the region. For a market that has for a long time suffered from small, poor quality warehousing units that are unfit to support the kind of modern logistics…

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Capwell Industries Ltd – Our 20 year journey to a food and beverage giant

FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING Capwell Industries Limited has grown its business since it entered the food industry by investing in a maize milling plant 20 years ago. With a new drive to be a food and beverage company, the company recently installed a new 250 tonnes per day wheat mill and has introduced Kenya’s first cereal beverage drink. We sat down with the company’s CEO Rajan Shah to hear about their journey and future plans. Capwell Industries Ltd (CIL) is one of the most diversified food processing enterprises in Kenya.…

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Orthner, Orthner & Associates: Architects With Focus On A Greener Ghana

ARCHITECTURE Orthner, Orthner & Associates (OOA) is an Accra, Ghana-based leading provider of architectural services. The company prides itself in blending its African base and European origin to deliver futuristic, unique and green solutions to the rising housing market in Ghana. We had a discussion with the company’s directors, Martin and Rosemary Orthner and their teams. The demand for housing, be it for residential, office or commercial use, in Africa continues to be a major handicap to economic development for a number of African countries. Vibrant economic growth in the last…

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