Kurt Davis Jr.

  • Top Five Elections To Watch In Africa And Predictions For 2016

    By Kurt Davis Jr., 8:11 am AFKI Original

    From now through 2016, many African countries will conduct presidential and legislative elections. Ghana’s CPP party offers an interesting presidential candidate if its Chairwoman Samia Nkrumah chooses to run. Nkrumah is the first woman to head a major Ghanaian political party and she’s also the daughter of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah. Her charismatic approach and appeal to women and youth give her party new hope, but it may be too early to challenge Mahama. Check out five elections high on our watch list.

  • An Investment Banker’s 54 Christmas Wishes For African Economies

    By Kurt Davis Jr., 8:00 am AFKI Original

    Fewer traffic jams for Kenya. Rebounding copper prices for Zambia. A less tarnished international image for Sudan that reaches beyond civil conflict — because there are investment opportunities in the country. These are just a few of the wishes that a U.S. investment banker visualizes for African countries as the old year winds down and 2015 makes way for 2016.

  • Electricity In Nigeria, Buhari’s Biggest Test Other than Oil

    By Kurt Davis Jr., 1:53 pm AFKI Original

    Electricity has been a campaign promise that Buhari’s predecessors couldn’t keep. No voter can ignore the reality of challenges in improving electricity in Nigeria — a depreciating naira, low oil prices and an entirely new regime. A little better attitude towards spending and finishing projects could go a long way. Analysts say a reduction in crude theft could boost Nigerian revenue by 10 percent.

  • The Sukuk In Africa: Financing Africa’s Future

    Sukuk In Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 10:59 pm AFKI Original

    Islamic finance in Africa is in its early stages but the potential is garnering huge attention from financiers, due in part to the demographic realities of Africa. Nearly half the African countries have Muslims populations that account for 40 percent or more of the total. Several African countries are planning sukuk debuts — the Islamic equivalent of a bond. Arab leaders are more than willing to share in the profits of infrastructure projects in Africa.

  • 5 Countries To Worry About Most In Africa’s Financial Struggles

    Countries To Worry About Most In Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 9:15 pm AFKI Original

    Ghana is doing better than expected. Zambia’s president has called for a national day of prayer. Only half the Angolans surveyed would like to start a business compared to about 80% in the rest of sub-Sahara. Even if decision making is stalled on Nigeria’s Senate, the underpinnings of the economy are improving. Refineries are working. Electricity is better. These are tough times for promising countries.

  • Investing In Africa: 5 Opportunities In Private Education

    5 Opportunities For Investing In African Private Education By Kurt Davis Jr., 7:56 am AFKI Original

    Rising incomes in Africa mean more people are willing to pay for better schooling. Nigeria and Ghana haven’t seen as big of a boost as Kenya in private education investment. Accra, Abuja, and Lagos are still starved for affordable private education options for the middle class. With private school fees at $4,000 to $5,000 a year, the opportunity for investment is massive. Here are five opportunities for investing in African private education.

  • Are Mergers And Acquisitions Returning To East Africa’s Oil Space?

    M&A Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 4:11 am

    An upsurge of Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) in East Africa is coming. Bold prediction maybe. Eni previously indicated a desire to farm down its investment interest in the region. But it is the recent news that Anadarko is considering a sale of its oil & gas assets in Mozambique and Tanzania that gives the greatest credence to the prediction.

  • It’s Not Just Nigeria. Gabon, Angola Hit Hard With Low Oil Prices

    By Kurt Davis Jr., 9:53 am AFKI Original

    Nigeria may not be hardest hit when it comes to oil prices. Pressure is building on accounts of sub-Saharan Africa’s two other major oil exporters — Angola and Gabon. Some analysts predict political unrest in Angola with more than 25 percent living below the poverty line. Thousands have taken to the streets over rising living costs in Gabon.

  • Oil Prices, Terrorism, And Nigeria’s Presidential Election

    By Kurt Davis Jr., 10:17 am AFKI Original

    A sustained low oil price could reverse Nigeria’s current account surplus and send the Nigerian Naira plummeting further. Low revenues and low liquidity in the near term do not bode well for a turnaround. Boko Haram, in this financially dire situation, receives it strongest recruiting tool