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Chinese Businesses in Kenya Under COVID-19

By China House Fellows Zang Yiming, 15, Beijing National Day School; Fan Xia, 17, Yao Hua High School and Yu Kaidi, 17, Nanjing Foreign Language School Xianlin Campus Since March 13, Kenya discovered its first COVID-19 case in Nairobi. Up till ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

China’s Tecno Knocks Off Samsung to Become Africa’s #1 Smartphone

Tecno, for the first time, edged out Samsung to become the top smartphone brand in Africa in 2020 thanks to a steady stream of new, affordable devices backed with robust marketing budgets, according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service.

Can Ugandan Coffee Be the Next “Coffee Success” Story in China?

Like many Ugandans, coffee has always been a huge part of my life. My earliest memories are of helping my parents tend their small coffee garden in the rural village of Kishabya, Sheema district in south-western Uganda. Hilly with rich fertile soils and a tropical rainy season, ...

How Chinese Business Practices Are Disrupting the Kenyan Fishing Industry

Chinese seafood buyers are reportedly cutting out Kenyan middlemen and working directly with local fishermen for lobsters and other fish products, according to a report in the East African newspaper. Fishermen, for their part, aren't complaining. They're getting to work directly ...

Two Ghanaian Stars in the Chinese Super League talk About the Challenges of Playing Professional Soccer in China

The pressure on African players in China's professional soccer league is going up say two Ghanaian stars who are going to teammates next season on Shenzhen FC. Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will be joined by 30-year old Black Stars winger Frank Acheampong in ...

After Living in China For 6 Years, This Female Entrepreneur Returns Home to Launch Zimbabwe’s First All-Women-Owned E-Scooter Delivery Business

After spending years living and working in China as an English teacher at an international school. Elizabeth (last name withheld) returned to her native Zimbabwe inspired by China's prowess in logistics and widespread use of electric scooters. Now she's leveraging her ...

E-Commerce Giant JD.com Is the Latest Chinese Tech Company to Expand in the Middle East

China's second-largest e-commerce company, JD.com, is looking to high-end fashion consumers in the Persian Gulf as part of a new expansion in the Middle East. JD signed a partnership agreement with Namshi (photo), the fashion and lifestyle platform owned by Dubai’s ...

The Pandemic and Geopolitics Have Created New Opportunities For South African Wines in China

Whilst COVID-19 disrupted trade flows across the globe and pushed industries into financial trouble, the South African wine sector has, somewhat remarkably, been spared. This is largely due to wine exports to China soaring by 50% after Beijing enforced a 212% tariff on Australian wines ...

Someone is Notably Absent From This Year’s Alibaba-Backed Africa’s Business Heroes Awards

Organizers of the annual Africa's Business Heroes prize sent out an announcement on Wednesday that the online portal to apply for the competition will open on Monday.  In the past, just last year in fact, this same announcement had Jack Ma all over it. But not this ...

With Chinese Engineers Back on Site, Zimbabwe’s New International Airport is Almost Half Done

Construction of the new international terminal at Harare's main airport is now 46% complete according to Zimbabwean officials who credit the return of Chinese engineers for the recent progress.  Chinese staff on the project had been unable to get back into ...

China’s Transsion Holds Firm to the Top Spot in Africa’s Smartphone Market

Transsion's dominance of the African mobile phone market remains fully intact despite last year's major economic disruption brought on by the pandemic, according to new data released by the research firm IDC. Transsion's suite of brands (Tecno, Infinix, and Itel) has a commanding 48.2% ...
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