Kurt Davis Jr.

  • Rapid African Political Change May Spark Economic Revival In 2018

    political change - South Africa has reached its Mugabe moment By Kurt Davis Jr., 3:18 am AFKI Original

    Political change in Africa is rapidly happening in unexpected pockets. Observers are actively monitoring situations in certain countries, in particular South Africa, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, with an excitement for future socio-political change that could follow these headwinds. Yet all consideration of the current political movements suggest that the imagined economic change is not necessarily an easy sequel to the political prologue.

  • A High Oil Price Has Its Downside, Especially In Sub-Saharan Africa

    high oil price - Gas and oil-rich Nigeria provides an opportunity for banks willing to buy up government debt. Photo - Hope for Nigeria - sub-Saharan Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 6:51 am AFKI Original

    Oil prices are tanking. Oil prices are rising. It is the constant storyline in the early days of 2018, but a high oil price has a downside for some countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Those bullish on the price have their reasons, as do those who are bearish, but the reality is that an oil price rebound may simply not be the best outcome for some countries in the sub-Saharan African region. We take a look at a few examples.

  • Women To Watch In Africa During 2018

    women to watch By Kurt Davis Jr., 11:57 am AFKI Original

    The women’s movement made great strides in 2017, particularly with the changes seen in business and politics around the treatment of women on a global scale. The wind behind these efforts will force more change across the globe and create more opportunities for women. With that in mind, and while considering women from both the world’s of business, sport and politics, these are the top women to watch in 2018.

  • 5 Themes For African Private Equity In 2018

    Chinese investment is expected to boost African Private Equity. Photo: Wits By Kurt Davis Jr., 1:59 am AFKI Original

    What are set to be the most influential moments and movements for African private equity in 2018? From small and mid-cap private equity to oil liquidity and increased Chinese investment in Africa, there are a number of factors that will define the private equity landscape on the African continent in the coming year. We make a number of informed predictions regarding what those factors will be.

  • My Favorite “Shithole” Countries In Africa

    Trump's shithole comment - senegal-nature By Kurt Davis Jr., 1:21 am AFKI Original

    U.S. President Donald Trump is taking significant grief for labeling Africa as a “shithole” when he allegedly made the following remark at a closed-door meeting: “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They’re shithole countries…We should have more people from Norway.” President Trump, to be candid, gave me an opportunity to gloat about my favorite “shithole countries” in Africa.

  • Top Economic And Political Predictions For Africa In 2018

    Economic And Political Predictions - Kenya Stock Exchange - East African Stock Markets By Kurt Davis Jr., 4:52 pm AFKI Original

    With the year 2018 now officially upon us, we thought it wise to make a few economic and political predictions for the African continent in the year ahead. From private equity deals in West Africa to the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and everything in between, our emerging markets investment banker makes a number of major predictions for Africa with the next 12 months in mind.

  • An Investment Banker’s 54 Christmas Wishes For African Economies in 2018

    Africa accelerator - African economies By Kurt Davis Jr., 12:44 pm AFKI Original

    There are 54 countries in Africa, and each of these nations have specific advantages and challenges that are unique to them. They are in need of various blessings for 2018, which can serve to make sure the new year is an improvement on 2017. If this investment banker could be Santa and give gifts to each of his African friends, here’s what he would wish for each of the African economies in 2018.

  • Top Election Predictions For Africa In 2018

    Election predictions - Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa will run for president in 2018. Photo - VOA News By Kurt Davis Jr., 2:04 am AFKI Original

    Last year’s election predictions for 2017 were pretty accurate (if a little self-indulgence can be allowed). So this year will be interesting to watch again, with countries like Egypt, DRC (hopefully), and Zimbabwe on the calendar. The elections are sure to be very exciting for the countries going to the polls and those investors and other interested parties gauging how to engage such countries. Here are the top elections to watch in Africa and predictions for 2018.

  • Africa’s Best Sectors For Technology-Enabled Investments In 2018

    technology-enabled By Kurt Davis Jr., 12:04 am AFKI Original

    Recent advances in technology are creating scalability for sub-Saharan African investments, with technology-enabled businesses well-positioned for growth. Financial services provides one such example. As many Westerners complain about the lack of technological advancement with banks on managing their money (i.e., poor identity checks, lack of speed in service, etc.), many sub-Saharan Africans are celebrating some great advancements in their financial services.

  • Opinion: Time For Distressed Asset Investing And Restructuring In Africa

    Mining provides distressed asset investing opportunities in Africa. By Kurt Davis Jr., 3:43 am AFKI Original

    The talk of distressed asset investing in Africa is growing. A total of $6.5 billion has been raised for African private equity from 2011 to 2016, according to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), with a total reported deal value over the same period of $22.7 billion for 900+ deals. In 2016 alone, 145 deals were reported totalling $3.8 billion. We explore the sectors offering the best opportunities for distressed asset investors.