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We Are Curious EP 18| Of Safaricom's e-Sim, Resumed Flights to Somalia, World Bank's Global Economic Prospects and the Curious Case of the Kenyan Budget
In this episode, the Hisa team discusses the details of Safaricom's recently launched e-Sim and developments following President Uhuru's discussion with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy on opening Ethiopia's mobile money market and how that could open doors for Kenyan banks and fintechs to explore the new market. We also talk of the rocky Kenya-Somalia relationship, the resumed flights across the two countries and its possible impact. Finally, we discuss Tanzania's waiver for VAT on mobile devices and World Bank's mildly optimistic prospects for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2022, as different countries recover from blows of COVID-19 on manufacturing, tourism and agricultural exports.  Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Podcast Host, Hisa Technologies
June 12, 2021
Moses Muthui on the Role of the Banking Sector in Spearheading Economic Recovery from COVID-19
In this episode, Hisa CEO Eric Asuma chats with Absa Kenya Chief Strategy Officer Moses Muthui on how Kenyan banks can play an active role in driving the economy's recovery from COVID-19. Moses details Absa's steps to be part of the solution through its lending efforts despite the subdued environment, among other initiatives like payment holidays. He further talks about what to expect in terms of Absa's results after normalization in light of rising economic activity. This episode features: Moses Muthui - Chief Strategy Officer & FD, Corporate & Investment Banking at Absa Kenya Eric Asuma - CEO, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Podcast Host, Hisa Technologies Snippet Artwork by Muteti Munyambu – Hisa Technologies
June 9, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 20| Safaricom Writing Off Telcos' Debt, Jubilee's Share Buyback and A Review of Last Month's Market Performance
For the first time in a few weeks, Safaricom did not emerge as the leading stock trading on the exchange. In this episode, we discuss how the market performed last week, touch on Jubilee's plans for the buyback awaiting its AGM and review top gainers and losers for May 2021. 
June 7, 2021
We Are Curious EP 17| The Ban on Humanitarian Flights to Somalia, Spikes in May Inflation and the Curious Case of the Ghana's E-Cedi
In this episode, the Hisa Team explains the reasons behind the ban of humanitarian flights to Somalia and other things fueling the deteriorating relations between Kenya and Somalia. We also discuss the risen May inflation and how June is likely to record higher rates, with the Ksh 3.6T budget waiting around the corner. Finally, we close the discussion with highlights on Ghana's planned digital currency and how the E-Cedi, backed by the Central Bank, could finally inspire African regulators to adopt crypto. 
June 6, 2021
Bulls, Bears, and Whiskey EP 7 | A Deep Dive of Safaricom's Entry Into Ethiopia and Tidbits of Equity and KCB Results
In this episode, the Hisa team and community discuss the details of Safaricom's entry into Ethiopia, including the investments, possible risks, costs, and short and midterm outlook. We also talk about Equity and KCB's Q1 results and Equity's regional expansion.  Highlights The consortium led by Safaricom has committed $8.5 billion over ten years in one of the largest single foreign direct investment into Ethiopia. The capital outlay is likely to weigh down on the company's free cash flows, as Safaricom is likely to include the Special Purpose Vehicles' books into its books, given that it owns more than 50% share. Without a Mobile money licence at present, Safaricom will have to reduce its telephony charges to compete favourably with Ethio Telecom as it is not a market leader in the Ethiopian market, which could incur losses from voice, data and messaging, likely to be borne by the parent entities of the SPV. At early stages, Safaricom needs to increase its market share significantly to obtain pricing power in a market likely to be price competitive. Operations in Ethiopia are slated to begin in 2022, awaiting final clearance from the Ethiopian government. The Ethiopian market is, however, a massive opportunity given its population estimated at 112 million.
June 2, 2021
Lami Technology CEO Jihan Abass On Bridging the Access and Distribution Gap in Africa's Insurance Sector Through Technology
In this episode, Lami Technology Insurance CEO Jihan Abass talks to Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli on the gaps in access to insurance in Africa and how the Lami's embedded insurance technology solves the distribution problem in Kenya and Africa. She also discusses the pandemic's challenges and how COVID-19 pushed insurance companies towards digital distribution channels and challenges and milestones the company has made since its founding. The Founder further explains how efficient collection and verification of KYC documents fasten the claim process and mitigates fraud.  Jihan closes the episode sharing her experience in fundraising and some tips that could improve access to funds for female business, including encouraging more women to start businesses at a young age and what startups can consider before picking investors.  This episode features:  Jihan Abass - Founder and CEO of Lami Technology Insurance Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli Snippet Artwork by Muteti Munyambu – Hisa Technologies
June 2, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 20 | What to Expect from the NMG Buyback, KenGen's Decline, Bank of Kigali's Stellar Performance and China's Crypto Crackdown
In this episode, the Hisa team shares details on the NMG Share Buyback Plan, the terms, and what investors can expect. We also talk about KenGen's decline in light of the announcement of beginning of the Djibouti power project in June and the Kenya power debt, and the impressive performance by the Bank of Kigali in Q1.  Highlights. NMG's buyback is pegged at a maximum of Ksh 25 per ordinary share, with plans to purchase the shares through an open market, subject to shareholder approval.  Repurchased shares, which is 10% of the total shares, will be classified as tertiary stocks and will therefore have no voting rights or dividends. Safaricom was still the top perfomer at 52.09% of the week's traded value. Kengen announced the begininng of the Djibouti power project in June . However, its share still dipped in the week. While the company has various projects outside the country, the returns from Ethiopia and Djibouti are a pale comparison to the Kenya Power debt, and the perfomance of Kenya Power, which weighs on its counter.
June 1, 2021
Interview with Yellow Card CEO Chris Maurice
In this episode, we interview Chis Maurice, the CEO of Yellow Card, a digital currency exchange for the cash market. Chris talks about his background and the beginnings of Yellow Card. The adoption of crypto across Africa How Yellow Card is different from other Crypto players in Africa Yellow Card's approach to crypto education and regulation New Products from Yellow Card You can also listen to this podcast on Hisa App.
May 31, 2021
Judith Sidi Odhiambo on The importance of Sustainability in Banking, Highlighting the Achievements of Women and Telling an Impact Story
KCB Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Anganza Awards Finalist Judith Sidi Odhiambo speaks on importance of  sustainability the banking sector in improving access to green climate funds, how highlighting the achievements of women creates role models, building inclusive work spaces though mentorship and training and why giving an impact story helps to unlock opportunities.  This episode features:  Judith Sidi Odhiambo - KCB Group Head of Corporate Affairs Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli
May 31, 2021
CBK Rate, Expected Funds for Budgetary Support, MGM Acquisition and the Curious Case of Aliko Dangote
In this episode, the Hisa teams talks about Equity Bank's and Family Bank's performance for the quarter, why the Central Bank maintained the lending rate at 7% and Aliko Dangote's renewed investment drive in Tanzania. We also discuss expected funding from the AfDB and World Bank, investment in startup sectors beyond fintech and the MGM acquisition by Amazon. Highlights: Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli
May 30, 2021
APA Life Insurance CEO Catherine Karimi on the Challenges in Scaling her Career and The Importance of Highlighting Women
In this episode, APA Life Insurance Chief Executive Office and Angaza Awards Finalist Catherine Karimi discusses the challenges she faced in rising in her career, overcoming gender stereotypes insurance, and winning the Angaza awards. Catherine also speaks on the importance of celebrating the achievements of women, initiatives to make insurance more accessible to women, and making an impact on the community.  Highlights: Catherine Karimi - CEO and Principal Office, APA Life Insurance company Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli Episode Artwork by Muteti Munyambu – Hisa Technologies
May 27, 2021
Maelis Carraro on Empowering Startups in Underserved Markets to Drive Financial Health
In this episode of Meet the Investor, Maelis Carraro, Catalyst Fund Managing Director, explains the work the fund does in empowering startups in underserved markets to deepen financial access and financial health. She further explains the why the fund's model of working with an investor board and offering grants of unto $100,000 to early stage startups is critical to helping those companies scale up their operations and impact and even ready them for further funding. However, she is quick to note that a lot needs to be done in emerging markets and specifically in Africa to drive financial health in underserved populations especially women, poor, rural and unbanked customers. We also discuss on what the Catalyst Fund looks for in startups when investing and finish off with a call to action for startups wishing to join the June 2021 cohort. This episode features: Maelis Carraro – Managing Director, Catalyst Fund Eric Jackson – Co-Founder & CTO, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli
May 27, 2021
Dario Giuliani on The Role of Media and Visual Intelligence in the African Startup Ecosystem
In this episode of The Startup Show, Briter Bridges Founder Dario Giuliani takes us through their growth from one innovation map on a Friday evening in 2018 to a full-scale business intelligence startup covering emerging markets and specifically Africa. Dario further breaks down the themes from their recent reports titled The State of Fintech in Emerging Markets and The State of Technology and Investment in Francophone Africa. We talk about the funding landscape in Africa and try to understand why M&As are more prominent while seed rounds as still quite low in ticket size despite the increase in number. We further discuss the growing need for startups to look at underserved markets like women, rural, poor and unbanked populations in their apps. On what we can expect from Briter Bridges, Dario promises us more maps and more deep-dive reports :) This episode features: Dario Giuliani – Founder, Briter Bridges Eric Jackson – Co-Founder & CTO, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli
May 27, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 19 | Safaricom's Entry Into Ethiopia, Unga and Bamburi Cement Declines and Banking Sector Q1 Results
Last week, the NSE experienced a flat activity on the NASI, with other market indices declining. The NSE 20 was down 4.38 points, closing the week at 1858.87 basis points, while the NSE 25 was down by 0.18 points to close the week at 3586.44 points following a decline in some companies trading flat like Bamburi Cement and Unga Group. Highlights News of Unga group internal restructuring dropped its share price by 11.95% for the week. Bamburi cement decline could be a market correction but also a result of a few corporate actions. The company had its book closure on May 16 and announced a first and final dividend on Ksh 3 per share. The payment for the dividend will be due on July 15 2021. We had a price gain on NMG 10.6% closing the week at Ksh 16.65. Safaricom winning the Ethiopia telecom licence bid drove its share at the beginning of this week. However, the Ethiopian expansion will raise its liabilities, and returns might take up to 5 years. StanChart's net interest income fell by 2%, while loan and advances dipped by 6%. Its profit after tax grew by 19%. Co-op bank Profit after tax fell by 3.7% to 3.5 B attributed to higher provisioning. Absa profit after tax grew by 23.7% in Q1, which pushed activity for the week. Interest income fell by 0.3%, while income from govt securities fell by 1.8%. Loan loss provisions grew by 24.9% to 1.4 billion.
May 26, 2021
We Are Curious EP 16| Of the Lamu Port, Safaricom's Controlling Stake in Licenced Ethiopia Consortium, CBZ's Upcoming Listing and the Curious Case of Twitter Verification
In this episode, the Hisa Team discusses what the Lamu port launch means for trade and how the project faces questions tied to the precarious pipeline and the dead-end that is the coal plant. We then delve into matters Safaricom, its dominant stake in the consortium, Vodacom's weighing to sell part stake in M-Pesa and high transaction charges. Finally, were close the episode with a conversation on compulsory contributions to the NHIF, looming CBZ Holdings Bank Listing on the Victoria Stock Exchange and developments on Twitter verification.  This episode features: Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies  Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli
May 23, 2021
Equity Bank Group Executive Director Mary Wamae on the Need for Concerted Effort to Bring Women to the Top Level Management
In this episode, Group Executive Director at Equity Group Holdings PLC and Angaza Awards Finalist Mary Wangari Wamae talks about the importance of coordinated effort to encourage more women to occupy top management positions. She reflects her transition from law to banking, spearheading the group's listing in various countries in the region and growing the bank's balance sheet from Ksh 4 billion in 2004 to Ksh 1.1 trillion in 2021. Finally, we wrap the episode with a discussion on what it takes to scale the career ladder, the importance of integrity creating networks, and how receiving accolades and recognition inspires others.  This episode features: Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli Episode Artwork by Muteti Munyambu – Hisa Technologies
May 22, 2021
Elsie Mbugua on Boosting Sustainable Investments in the Energy Sector
In this episode, Leadwood Energy Founder and Managing Director, Elsie Mbugua explains the shift in the energy trading industry over her 15 year career spanning stints in Goldman Sachs, J.P Morgan and in different continents from US to London and now Africa. She further talks about the shift in investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy and the increasing need for environmental, social and corporate governance in companies. We then wrap up the discussion with some of the innovations to look forward to in the energy sector in Kenya and Africa at large. This episode features: Elsie Mbugua – Founder and Managing Director, Leadwood Energy Eric Jackson – Co-Founder & CTO, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli  Episode Artwork by Muteti Munyambu – Hisa Technologies
May 20, 2021
How Recognition Drives Motivation, The Importance of Mentorship, and How Celebrating Achievements of Women Inspires Younger Generations
In this episode, Quantainsure and Quantarisk co-founder and Angaza Awards Finalist Pooja Bhatt highlights the importance of reflecting and documenting achievements, making her mark in the insurance industry and mentoring young people. She also talks about how recognizing the accomplishments of women gives younger women a chance to aspire for greatness and mentions women that inspire her.  This episode features: Pooja Bhatt – Co-founder and CEO, Quantarisk and Quantainsure Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli Episode Artwork by Muteti Munyambu – Hisa Technologies
May 20, 2021
Aisha Pandor Tells the Story of SweepSouth's Founding, Fundraising and Revolutionizing Africa's Cleaning Services
A nanny search, a random pitch, and a cleaning service platform. SweepSouth Co-founder Aisha Pandor tells the story of how her nanny's holiday break and a convoluted journey of finding a short-term replacement inspired her to build a platform that connects homeowners with home service providers offering cleaning, among other services. Aisha chats with Mwakaneno Gakweli on the early days of scaling the startup, how Aisha and her husband and SweepSouth CTO Alen Ribic bootstrapped their way through their savings, pensions, and selling personal items, meeting their first investor in an unexpected pitch, and scaling the business across Africa. SweepSouth bridges the trust and convenience gap for homeowners while solving the unemployment and underemployment problem in the informal sector. This episode features: Aisha Pandor – Co-founder and CEO, SweepSouth Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli – Business Writer & Host, Hisa Technologies Audio Production by Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli Episode Artwork by Muteti Munyambu – Hisa Technologies
May 19, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 18 | Of Banking Sector Activity on the NSE, Scangroup's Decline and What Israeli-Palestine Clashes Mean for Investors
Last week, the All-share index dropped by 3.12%, 5.3 basis points likely backed by the decline of Safaricom, a market mover whose price fell by 3.43% week on week, closing at Ksh 39.40 on Friday. Banks accounted for 60.92% of the market activity while Safaricom did 32%. NBV and Crown Paints topped the gainers list, moving 12.1% and 8.89%, respectively. On the losers side, Scangroup dropped by 8.85% because of the statement announcing delays on their financial statement. Some of the matters moving markets this week include the mounting clashes between Israel and Palestine, which could pull in other countries like Iran, affecting things like oil prices. The involvement of countries like the US could affect local markets, as foreigners dominate the NSE. 
May 17, 2021
NCBA Bank Rwanda CEO Lina Higiro Talks of Being Intentional on Structural and Soft Changes Needed to Create Inclusive Workspaces
NCBA Bank Rwanda Chief Executive Office and Angaza Awards Finalist Lina Higiro chats with Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli on her career journey, the challenges she faced, and her milestones. In the podcast, Lina highlights the different forms of acknowledging the contributions of women in companies and how highlighting the achievements in public inspires other capable women. Lina closes the episode by discussing initiatives she has co-led to create a pipeline for leadership and institutions that women would love to work for by focusing on mental health, career development and sexual harassment. Highlights: Organisations need to revise interview processes to define attributes of job in favour of gender inclusivity. Encouraging women in public, both internally and in more prominent forums, develops a pipeline of capable women who can pursue achievements and opportunities at the workspace. Competence and expertise do not automatically generate recognition and advancement. It is essential to speak up for yourself, cultivate a sponsor or a supporter who will advocate for your ideas at work, be vigilant for new opportunities, and give people a good reason to remember.
May 17, 2021
4G Capital CEO Discusses SME Lending During COVID-19 and Policies to Boost Access to Credit in the Informal Sector
4G Capital CEO Wayne Hennessy-Barrett discusses the Neobank's experiences in extending working capital credit to small businesses during COVID-19 and how partnerships with Citi and Mastercard provided the necessary raft for small businesses. Wayne says it is essential for the government to offer a protective framework for creditors and a favourable tax policy for businesses. Finally, he highlights the company's milestones for the year, including recent funding round and a Series C on the horizon.
May 14, 2021
Safaricom's FY 2021 Results, Integrating M-PESA into Amazon, Agile Plans and A Reflection of Peter Ndegwa's First Year at the Helm
In this episode, Peter Ndegwa talks about the transition to a fully fledged technological company and how it will impact its employees. He also reflects on his one year at the CEO seat and talks about moving the company beyond connectivity. Safaricom Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge talks of Integrating M-PESA into Amazon and a possible content partnership with the e-commerce giant.
May 13, 2021
Dr. Millicent Omukaga on Highlighting the Achievements of Women Changing the Finance Sector, and Policy Changes for a Gender Inclusive Management
In this episode, Angaza Awards Finalist Dr Millicent Omukaga, an Advisor-Women Empowerment and Financial Inclusion at African Development Bank Group, talks to Ally Mwakaneno on the importance of highlighting the achievements of women and how to bring to the surface women who are changing industries in the background. Millicent also shares how her career experiences brought the conscious need to interrogate the gender gap in management and how it inspired her to venture into mentorship for women and girls to draw attention to opportunities. Millicent shares the gaps in policy, including the need for better workplaces practices and policies addressing succession and pay and benefits management.  Read more on Dr Millicent's work on bringing gender equality on boards on her PhD Thesis: Women on Corporate Boards: Navigating Gender Hurdles to Access Corporate Boards in Kenya.
May 13, 2021
Bulls, Bears, and Whiskey EP 5 | Prospects of Rising Interest in US Markets, Crypto Regulation, Doge FOMO and Ethiopia's Risk Profile for Safaricom
In this episode, the Hisa Team discusses implications of higher interests in US markets on companies and investors. They also share their insights on the need for regulation in cryptocurrency, and how regulation could promote use cases for crypto as large corporations venture into the space. Finally, the team shares their sentiments on the two sides of Safaricom's entry into the Ethiopia market, including the market potential and the risks awaiting the consortium, should they secure the licence for Ethiopia. 
May 11, 2021
Bulls, Bears and Whiskey EP 4 | Bamburi Cement's 2020 Results and Kings of the African Cement Market
In this episode, the Hisa team discusses the Bamburi cement results for 2020. Bamburi's numbers look good, but it could still do better, compared to its Tanzanian counterparts. Cement demand grew by 23%, but the company's revenues dipped 5.2%, showing higher competition in Kenya, especially in pricing, which has dropped its market share in Kenya. The cement market is likely to continue its price wars because of excess capacity of close to 42%. The conversation touches on regional players in the African market like Dangote, and how their micro and macro environment is affecting their performance. 
May 10, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 17 | Rising Optimism in the Banking Sector, Crown Paints Rights Issue, and Returns in Regional and Global Markets
In this episode, the Hisa team discusses developments in local markets last week, including the performance of banking sector stocks, and the Crown Paints rights issue. They also talk about commodity prices, and returns in other markets in Africa and the world. Banks had good results for Q1 and  an optimistic outlook going forward, buffered by low NPL deterioration where banks were adequately provisioned. Good results going forward assuming no uptick of deterioration of loans could be the market catalyst the NSE needs. I&M completed the 90% acquisition of Uganda's Orient Bank LTD and today closes the books for the bonus of a ratio of 1:1. The transaction will lower EPS, and increase equity. Its share price is expected to fall after the bonus issue. Regionally, returns from African  markets like Zimbabwe are bringing YTD returns of 81% in local currency and 75% in USD. In the US markets, S&Ps are trading at a PE of up to 35X with an average of 16 to 19 times, with investors taking into account possible underperformance given stocks are heavily valued and future growth already accounted for.
May 10, 2021
We Are Curious EP 15| Of Improving EAC Relations and Negotiating as a Bloc, Mitumba Imports, an 18% VAT, Twitter tips and the Curious Case of the MFB
Kenya is improving its relations with its neighbors, evident in the talks with Somali and Tanzania. The infrastructure initiatives, especially with Tanzania could be a nice way to make up for the lost SGR connection to DRC through the Northern Corridor. Africa could have a better chance negotiating with US and the UK as a bloc, but that would require addressing internal inconsistencies in trade policies within individual countries. The 2021 budget is likely to come with higher taxes. However, Yattani's bid to have absolute mandate over the VAT is unlikely to receive a parliamentary nod. Finally, Branch's acquisition of Century Microfinance Bank could be a leeway to obtain licences, and might spur growth of the bank if Branch follows its rapid growth strategy. 
May 7, 2021
Building Back Better, HMTC Emma Wade-Smith Discusses Initiatives of Improving UK-Africa Trade During the Pandemic
Ally Mwakaneno Gakweli talks to Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa Emma Wade-Smith on what it will take to rebuild trade between Africa and the United Kingdom in the pandemic and post-Brexit. Emma also highlights initiatives in place by governments from both regions to boost trade relations, UK's support for African entrepreneurs, and mechanisms to include women in the African informal sector in the finance and trade space.
May 7, 2021
Bitzlato Chief Marketing Officer Oleksandr Honcharenko Why the Company is Exploring the African Cryptocurrency Market
Bitzlato Chief Marketing Officer Oleksandr Honcharenko talks about expanding into the African Crypto market, why Africa is ripe for Crypto and creating communities of cryptocurrency enthusiasts. 
May 6, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 15| Safaricom's Worrying Dominance on the NSE, Allianz's Acquisition of Jubilee, County Infrastructure Bonds, and the NSE All Share Index
Last week, the All-share index gained 2.4% in the wake of regulation seeking to ease listing. However, there are risks like a looming capital gains tax hike that will push the cost of investing and political risks with the upcoming election. Safaricom's dominance on the NSE is bordering a threat, where a suspension of trading due to material announcement would likely affect the whole exchange. Britam's share performance is because of losses from the fair value of property, and the Kshs 5 billion provision in their wealth management fund. Some of the company's prospects include looking for a strategic partner to boost capital in HF and help the bank recover.  Absa has had an oversupply in the market, with investors holding fort on both demand and supply.
May 5, 2021
Meet The Investor EP 2 | TLcom Capital Founder Maurizio Caio Discusses What Makes a Startup to Invest In, and Why the Africa Ecosystem Needs More Investment
In this episode, Ally Mwakaneno talks to TLcom Founder and Managing Partner Maurizio Caio on the algorithm of a great investment, why Africa's young startup ecosystem needs more venture capital, what is likely to be the next giant after fintech. Maurizio also tells the story behind TLcom's founding, its investment in portfolio companies like Autochek, Twiga, and uLesson. Highlights: A great investment opportunity would be a company operating in an attractive market, with a team with a compelling ability to articulate and execute a strategy, and have an entrepreneur willing to embrace the VC model of giving up sole ownership and leadership to accept the role of someone else on the board. Africa faces the challenge of a lack of enough capital, especially for fast-growing companies that need huge funding at early stages. The ecosystem also young and fragile, facing the challenge to become like Silicon Valley. On the other hand, Africa has advantages like little technology risk than other ecosystems and large private equity funds that almost guarantee its with PE funds, unlike other ecosystems. Unlike other ecosystems, Africa has minimal legacy systems, allowing founders to design companies of the 21st century pegged on values like sustainability and equality, offering a sandbox for VCs of the future. Fintech is an African giant because it is the most immediate application of tech, moving money, contracts, and lending. It shows the potential of technology outside the tech sector, extending the application of technology to other walks of life. The next opportunity after fintech will be dictated by great entrepreneurs, challenging investors to be more entrepreneur centric than sector centric.
April 28, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 14 | ARM Cement and Investor Protection, Safaricom Entry Into Ethiopia, Banking Stocks, and Liaison Group's Listing
Safaricom today announced that it is part of a consortium bidding for the telecommunications licences in Ethiopia, a high risk, high reward move since it only targets the telecommunication market. The move could drive its earnings in the short and mid-term, extrapolating Safaricom's growth in other markets.  Athi River Mining Cement is calling it quits, following its debt-fueled expansion and miscalculations in Tanzania. Its downfall is likely going to hurt many retail investors, calling for understanding of what it means to be a shareholder, the liability that comes with it and the necessary safety nets for investors. Liaison Group listing is a test of the NSE's power to raise funds for companies, as Liason is looking to raise funds for Africa's expansion through the IPO. Investors await the company's prospectus. 
April 26, 2021
We Are Curious EP 14| Of the Minimum Tax Pause, Coca-Cola and MTN Listing and the Curious Case of the Crypto Slump
In this episode, the minimum tax pause is a good break for small businesses. However, the conservatory orders only bar KRA from collecting the tax, which could change given that the agency appealed the ruling. The MTN and Cocacola listing on the RSE and JSE could present an opportunity for investors to look into regional markets. It also challenges other exchanges in the region like the Nairobi Securities Exchanges in the region to up their listings. Biden's tax policy on capital gains tax hike above $1 million was expected, dropping prices of all major cryptocurrencies. While it is likely to affect companies that hold crypto balance sheets like Microstrategy and Tesla, the currencies will likely peak in the long term.
April 25, 2021
Recognizing the Achievements of Women and Breaking in the Gender Glass Ceiling in Top Leadership
In this episode, Nuru Mugambi shares her experience in rising ranks in the banking sector, the importance of recognizing women who are shaping their financial institutions and the financial sector and taking up opportunities like the Angaza Awards. Nuru also speaks of how remuneration, strategic opportunities, leading task forces, and promotions are key to recognizing women and overall talent in companies.
April 20, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 13 | BAT's ex Dividend, Jubilee's Deal with Allianz, and Prospects of Safaricom's Climbing Share in Light of Upcoming Regulation.
BAT's decline could augur well for investors willing to buy the stock for the long term. Jubilee's underwriting business mimics the underwriting business across the industry, which is not as profitable. Jubilee's premium investment in government securities differentiates it from the industry, which largely invests premiums in equities, making it an outlier. However, the company's dividend payout ratio is low, at around 10%, which would not give investors the dividends they expect. Investors could consider holding, as we wait to see the outcome of selling its general insurance to Allianz. African Hair's listing is still a wait and see as investors recount on burns on previous IPOs. Safaricom's upclimb is good for the long term. However, possible legislation requiring the company to share infrastructure would shed the company's market share. Similarly, discussions on the Airtel/Telkom merger could boost its capacity in major towns countrywide, making it a stronger competitor. 
April 19, 2021
We Are Curious Episode 13| Of EPRA's Hold on Pump Prices, the 30% Local Ownership Requirement, Rwanda's e-mobility Incentives, and the Curious Case of Turkey's Crypto ban
The government's requirement for international ICT Companies to have at least 30% local ownership could be interesting for investors and give the government more control over the data they obtain and how they use it. EPRA's decision to maintain pump prices hit retailer's margins, although the regulator attributed the move to a weaker dollar. This is likely to affect lower-scale Oil Marketing Companies in the sector. A stabilization fund would help lower fuel prices, protecting the country from direct shocks from changes in global oil prices. Rwanda is making bold steps in e-mobility following its announced incentives in the cost of energy, taxes, and infrastructure. Nigeria's FX ban on sugar and wheat is another stance to protect the Naira, which would benefit from internal sustainability. As for the case of Turkey, the country is looking to control illicit flows of funds as investors await the presence of a regulator across crypto assets. However, like many other hitches to crypto, the ban is likely to follow a better comeback for Crypto as an asset.
April 18, 2021
We Are Curious EP 12| Of IMF Loans, Govt Stake on Listed Companies, a Weaker Dollar, Nigeria's Cracking Down on Offshore Investments, Upcoming Coinbase Listing, and the Curious Case of Kipchoge's NFT
Kenya's COVID debt would receive more public support if the funds could be accounted for, and have visible impact to people and small businesses. While IMF loans are receiving backlash, they are cheaper alternatives to other lenders,and serves as a form of refinancing. There is the option of the government selling its stake on listed companies, which will generate upwards of Ksh 800 billion. The dollar losing ground means that Kenya can make savings on dollar denominated loans, and expect slight dips on oil prices. However, there have been cases in the past when the dollar came back stronger.  Nigeria's SEC is hitting on platforms for offshore investments, and it is a classic case of African regulation failing to catch up with innovation, similar to the failure of regulators across the continent taking a backseat stance on cryptocurrency.  Finally, Kipchoge's 2 NFTs trailblaze a path for athletes, and brand ambassadors to explore the NFT space, giving them opportunities to make more money. 
April 10, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 12 | Equity Bank's Share After Results, Expectations on the MPC, NCBA Results, EABL After Another Lockdown, Homeboyz Entertainment and the Suez Blockage
Equity Bank's share dipped by 8.29% after the bank failed to declare a dividend. This, however, is a short term reaction given its strong financials and picking digitization strategy. The MPC is likely to maintain status-quo interest rates, as reducing the rates would not favour banks as much as it would favour borrowers. NCBA reported a 41% profit decline with a significant hit in earnings per share, declaring a dividend nonetheless. The new measures in five counties are likely to affect EABL. However, the effects will be negligible given that the lockdown affects five counties only, and EABL has taken steps to promote online sales. Changes in leadership outlook in Tanzania and the discovery of a new variant could change its COVID-19 measures, affecting EABL's performance in the country. EABL and UNFPA have cancelled their affiliation with Homeboyz Radio, a subsidiary of Homeboyz Entertainment but the effects are likely to be short term. 
March 29, 2021
We Are Curious EP 11| Of Movement Restrictions, COVID-Stricken Insurance Sector, Safaricom's 5G, Tesla Accepting Bitcoin for Cars and the Curious Case of the the Suez Canal
In this episode, the Kenyan Wallstreet and HIsa Team talk about how the new movement restrictions in response to COVID-19 are necessary to protect lives but highly inconsiderate for businesses facing high taxation and students who just resumed schools. While Safaricom's 5G's launch means well for the future, it was a rushed decision, given that as of last year, only 16% of mobile devices countrywide supported 4G. The insurance sector is still taking blows from the pandemic, evident in CIC and Sanlam results. Elon Musk is a genius for trading depreciating teslas for appreciating bitcoin. 
March 27, 2021
Esther Ndeti on the Status of Startup funding in Kenya, Women in Startups and VC and the Importance of Recognizing the Achievements of Women
Esther Ndeti shares her experience transitioning from a business founder to an Executive Director at EAVCA, a representative organization for private equity and venture capital funds in East Africa. She also talks about Kenya's venture capital space compared to other African countries, her experience with women in VC in East Africa, gender representation in both funding and startups, and the importance of celebrating and showcasing the work of women in the finance and banking space. 
March 24, 2021
Weekly Markets Update | EP 11: Britam Offloading HF Stake, KQ's Halted Nationalization, Kenya's Retail Business, CBN's Crypto Position and Commodities Perfomance.
HF is up by 9.94% after Britam announced plans to sells part of its stake in the business to a bank, which could help its long term recovery depending on the buying bank. However, the rally is driven by speculation as the details of the transactions are still in the works. Parliament has halted the bill seeking to nationalize KQ, which faced numerous challenges last year because of the pandemic likely to affect its results. Carrefour's success in Kenya rides on proper management of agreements with suppliers and direct sourcing. Quickmart's PE investment could point out to its strength as a business.
March 22, 2021
We Are Curious EP 10| Of Rising Fuel Costs, Banking Sector Results, Airtel Selling its Mobile Money Arm and John Pombe Magufuli
Fuel prices are on aiming for the moon, banks have reported less profit and Tanzania lost a sitting president. Listen to the team explain why the high prices are not a tax issue as most of us think, shed light at the end of the dark tunnel of COVID hit banks, say a word about the late Magufuli, and write their wishlist for Samia Suluhu.
March 20, 2021
How Do you Decide to Invest in a Startup? Takuma Terakubo, CEO Uncovered Fund Explains
In February 2021, Uncovered Fund launched a $15 million fund to invest in early-stage startups in Africa. Ally Mwakaneno talks to CEO of Uncovered Fund CEO Takuma Terakubo on why they chose Africa, their areas of interest and why he started the venture capital.
March 19, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 10: Gains in NSE Indices, Impact of the Stimulus Check, NMG Week on Week Decline, and how COVID-19 Measures will Further Impact EABL
In this episode, the Kenyan Wallstreet and Hisa Team discuss how foreign investors are exiting local markets, hoping that banking sector results will turn the tide. We are likely to see an increase in bond buying, which will reduce interest rates after the stimulus check caused asset price inflation. Investors fear that the next stimulus check will fuel inflation, hence outflows from emerging markets. NMG week on Week decline is a result of profit-taking, despite long term prospects in its digital strategy.  The team also discusses KCB's partnership with Huawei for a decentralized digital banking product.
March 15, 2021
We Are Curious EP 8| Mobius' Tax Tussle, NMG's Stock, Funding in African Startups, the Flutterwave Unicorn, and the Curious Case of NFTs
In this episode, the squad discusses KRA's demand for Ksh 73 million in taxes from Mobius Motors, what to expect in NMG"s stock after results announcements, what the Flutterwave unicorn means for African startups, and how NFT's could benefit digital creators. 
March 13, 2021
Weekly Markets Update | EP 9: Stanbic Results, Expected Banking Financials, Expected Profit Warnings, Safaricom Interim Dividend and Impact of the Stimulus Package
Stanbic's income dropped by 18.6% to Ksh 5.2 billion with a notable reduction in net interest income, which fell by 4.8% while loan loss provisions rose by 54% following reliefs and restructured due to  COVID-19. However, the bank grew its deposits, loans and investments. There are 18 profit warnings, with more expected to come.  The banking sector is expected to be more resilient compared to other sectors, despite more profit warnings from the sector.  Safaricom declined by 3.7%, a profit-taking by investors given the recent gains. Investors a taking a wait and see approach given the expected Ethiopian licence. The recently passed US Stimulus package is likely to lead to asset price inflation.
March 9, 2021
Eva Mattheeussen on How the Pandemic is Affecting Women Differently, and Having More Women on Boards
Eva Mattheeussen, HR Head at DHL Global Forwarding MEA and Global Project Lead of ‘Women at DHL Global Forwarding talks about how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected women differently in their careers, the journey to achieving 1 out of 3 women in the leadership Boards, the Women in DHL initiative and where she imagines gender diversity in 5 years. She also shares her experiences on internal networks, partnerships and mentorship is opening more opportunities for women. 
March 9, 2021
We Are Curious EP 8| Kenya's Lower Business Confidence, Hurtful Minimum Taxes, Tanzania's Economic Growth and the Curious Case of Square and Jay Z
In this episode, the squad analyzes the impact of the Minimum taxes on manufacturers and startups, takes stock of the lowering business confidence in the country and explains why Tanzania's economy outgrew peers in the EAC in 2020. It also looks at what Google's new privacy push means for advertisers and how Square is leveraging creators in the new Tidal Acquisition. 
March 6, 2021
Weekly Markets Update | EP 8: EAPC, KPLC and Unga Financials, A Net Selling Position by Foreign Investors, What to Expect from Banks Results and The Inflation
Kenya Power's rising financial costs are expected to be higher in FY2021. Its operating expenses for FY2020 ate up all its gross profit.  We are still watching how EAPC's restructuring will mean for the company but hopes are low whereas there is hope for the long term prospects for Unga Limited despite blows from higher commodity prices and high finance costs.  Foreign investors are taking a net selling position on counters such as KCB and Equity, awaiting the financials in March following the impact of COVID-19 on Non-Performing Loans. 
March 1, 2021
We Are Curious EP 7| The NMG Buyback, Spotify's Debut in Kenya, the Australian Media Law and the Curious Case of the Coinbase Direct Listing
In this episode, the squad discusses KenGen, KPLC and Unga Limited's results and discusses what the Nation Media Group 10% ordinary share buyback means for investors. NMG's paywalled platform is still in its early stages, with a lot of room to grow to offer sustainable revenue. The Bank of Ghana's sandbox will benefit startups in the country, opening a window for players in the blockchain, and by extension, cryptocurrency to test innovations. There are high hopes for the Coinbase Direct Listing, which is expected to attract investors, given it will be the only listed crypto platform. However, the share faces volatility risks from bitcoin price fluctuations. 
February 27, 2021
Equiti CEO Brian Myers on the Status of Financial Literacy in Africa, Understanding Interest and Navigating Borrowing
The crux of financial literacy in Kenya and Africa will be when organizations use the widespread internet and mobile penetration to educate young people on creating financial freedom, understanding taxes and fees and exploring different avenues of investment. Brian Myers and Hisa CEO Eric Asuma talk about harnessing social media to grow financial literacy, navigating high risk and high return investments and handling compound interest and debt.
February 24, 2021
Weekly Markets Update | EP 7: Rising Equity Turnover, EABL's Slight Decline, BAT Gains and Dividends, and Kenya Re Hold Recommendations.
In this episode, Hisa Chief Financial Analyst Felix Ochieng discusses the performance of different Indices, global markets, and top counters for the previous week. Equity turnover rose by 21.69%, with KSh 2.47 billion worth of stock traded last week, while the bond market fell by 22.1% with KSh 17.37 billion worth of bonds traded. NASI gained about 0.93%, closing the week at 165.55 bp, the all-share index fell by 0.07%, closing at 1888 bp, while the NSE 25 gained by 0.73%, closing at 3638.57 bp. The gains in NSE 25 and NASI is because of activity, such as declines in EABL by 2.29% due to upward market correction.  Highlights BAT's gained 14.06% following the 2020 results and the 34.3% YoY increase in dividend Sameer topped the gainers list, gaining 20% in price activity, closing at Ksh 3.60.  NBV YTD gains stand at 8.4%, declining 10% last week.  Gold faced downward pressure because of gains in counters like Bitcoin. Genghis and Faida Investment maintains its long term hold on Kenya Re.
February 22, 2021
We Are Curious EP 6| COVID-19 Vaccine, Africans Appointed to Lead Global Organizations, Brain Drain, Crypto Acceptance and the Curious Case of Tidjane Thiam
In this episode, the squad and guests talk about the ongoing vaccine roll out in Africa and how governments tackled the pandemic from different fronts, what it means to have Africans leading multilateral bodies, the concept of brain drain in the continent, the averseness of African governments towards cryptocurrencies at a time where corporates are accepting it as an asset class and SPACs.
February 20, 2021
Derivatives | Episode Two: Types of Derivatives Contracts, The Difference Between Equities and Derivatives, and Making Money Through Derivatives
In this episode, Rufus Gitau discusses the different type of derivatives including forward contracts, futures, options, and swap contracts. Rufus points out the difference between trading derivatives and equities, and how individuals can make money through derivatives through the two-way market, when the market goes up or down. 
February 16, 2021
Weekly Markets Update | EP 6: Safaricom Ksh 39 All-time High, Gains in the EABL and NSE Indices and Last Week's Bond Tap Sale
Int his Episode, Chief Financial Analyst Felix Ochieng discusses the Safaricom rally which saw the share hitting Ksh 39, a new all-time high, after the interim dividend announcement. The NSE all share index had a good week, gaining 4.4% in activity. NSE 20 and NSE 25 were also up gaining 1.28% and 3.87% respectively. The uptick in indices follows global trends where markets which had taken a toll are waking up. KCB, Equity and Safaricom all trading within the Ksh 35-40 range. We are likely to see more price action on the positive edge on markets as we approach the earning period for most counters.  Volatility on global markets is pushing activity in emerging markets, hence the uptick in foreign activity locally.  Faida issued a hold recommendation while Genghis Capital issued a buy recommendation for Kenya Re.  
February 15, 2021
What Do you Need to Know About Derivatives?
NSE Derivatives Risk Manager Geoffrey Radier talks to the Hisa team on the New NSE Derivatives, the nature of the derivative contracts and the value of derivatives compared other asset classes. Geoffrey expounds the relationship between a derivative and its underlying asset what you need to trade derivatives. He also explains why some prefer buying a derivative contract and a stock of the same stock. 
February 13, 2021
We Are Curious Episode 5: The Nigerian Crypto Ban, KenGen Goodies, Rebecca Miano, Bitcoin and The Curious Case of Kenya Power
In this episode, the squad talks about Central Bank of Nigeria's Crypto Ban and how African countries need to take a friendlier stance on crypto. We also discuss KenGen's dividends and Rebecca Miano's leadership and Kenya Power's entry into the solar power space. 
February 12, 2021
Weekly Markets Update | EP 5: The NSE Indices, Appetite for Safaricom and the BOC-Cabarcid Buyout
The NSE turnover will continue to increase driven by foreign investment. The new broker connectivity network will improve how fast trades are settled locally which is positive to the market and the NSE. EABL was the top gainer week-on-week. EABL rallied because of corporate investors after the price release, driven by a buying rush after price drop because of its strong fundamentals. The Carbacid-BOC buyout will form a significant player in East and Central Africa but faces numerous hurdles. The coming week will come with significant activity in the banking sector as results come out. Earnings are expected to be lower, but the worst is behind us, with the hope of recovery. 
February 8, 2021
Suprisingly Ingenious: Status of Kenya of Trade Between Kenya and Austria. A Conversation with Edith Predorf, Commercial Counsellor of Austria to Eastern Africa.
Edith Predorf talks about the different ways to promote trade between Kenya and Austria, how startups in Kenya can benefit from Austrian markets, and improving visibility of business in both countries. 
February 8, 2021
Weekly Markets Update | Ep 4 : KenGen's Rally, Shilling's Perfomance Amidst Global Volatility, and EABL's Performance
KenGen's results and dividends drove its rally. The shilling is likely to come down during the week, driven by volatility in global markets which might increase foreign inflow in our markets. Safaricom was the top mover last week. However, we are waiting to see the effect of Citi's degrading on the stock due to its regulatory risk. Investor interest in the banking sector is likely to peek as the earnings session start.
February 1, 2021
We Are Curious | Episode 4: Democratizing Investment, Attracting Retail Investors on the NSE and the Curious Case of GameStop
In this episode, the squad explores the battle between WallStreetBets and Wallstreet Giants, what it takes to attract retail and millennial investors on the Nairobi stock exchange and how GameStop is a case of decentralizing investment likely to replicate itself. 
January 29, 2021
MediaPal CEO Maurice Juma on Reaching Ad Audiences Through Data Driven Advanced Targeting
Kenyan Wallstreet's Eric Asuma talks to MediaPal CEO Maurice Juma on the status of Adtech in Kenya, MediaPal's expansion plans to the rest of the continent, the MediaPal partnership with Twitter, and how programmatic advertising is changing the Adspace. 
January 29, 2021
Peer-to-Peer Insurance Would Bring Transparency and Efficiency Needed in the Local Insurance Space
Mwakaneno talks to insurance experts from Zamara and AiCare on insurance lines that would benefit from Peer-to-Peer Insurance models in Kenya, successes and learnings from P2P insurance implementations globally and how tech can support and improve the delivery of P2P insurance models in Kenya. 
January 25, 2021
KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga on Rising to Power, Supporting Women in Manufacturing and Recognizing the Achievements of Women
Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO Phyllis Wakiaga talks to Ally Mwakaneno on journey of becoming the Associations' CEO,  promoting women businesses in the manufacturing sector and the importance of recognizing the achievements of women. 
January 25, 2021
Weekly Markets Update EP 3: Analysis of Kenya's Energy and Insurance Sectors, and How Biden's Tax Policies will Affect Global Markets.
Safaricom could be a case of profit-taking in the short term, while its long term prospect looks good, considering its previous performance over time and Ethiopian expansion. Kenya's energy segment is ambivalent, with optimism towards given KenGen's plans of selling directly to consumers. On the other hand, there are dim prospects of KPLC, which awaits tariff reviews and suffers huge debt.  Globally, Biden's new tax policies are likely to affect foreign companies' income in the US, which could bring back more foreign players in the foreign market. We are looking forward to a number of companies releasing their results this week. 
January 25, 2021
We Are Curious Episode 3: The Oversubscribed Infrastructure Bond, Cleantech and The Curious Case of India's Sensex
In this episode, the Kenyan Wallstreet Squad Discussed : The local and regional market. The oversubscribed infrastructure bond. Kenya’s debt service deferment. Cleantech and EVs. BTC BlackRock accepting Bitcoin in two funds Biden’s Inaguration on markets.
January 22, 2021
Koa Co-Founder Delila Kidanu on Leveraging User Behavior to Promote Savings Culture in Kenya
Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno talks to KOA co-founder Delila Kidanu on Kenya's savings culture and challenges in the regional savings space. Delila gives her insights on creating savings products for digital natives and how Koa promotes effortless saving in Kenya and Africa. 
January 19, 2021
Weekly Markets Update| EP 2 : Bamburi Cement Prospects, and the Impact of Biden's Inauguration on Global Markets.
Inhouse Chief Financial Analyst Felix Ochieng talks to Kenyan Wallstreet CTO Eric Jackson on what to expect in this week's markets, including Safaricom's bullish prospects until March, gains in Bamburi Cement shares which had earlier declines because of COVID-19 and its performance. They also discuss opportunities in the construction industry, the impact of foreigners exiting KCB and how markets will react after Biden's inauguration. 
January 18, 2021
We Are Curious Episode Two: Funding in Africa's Startups, Safaricom Rally, Censorship, and the Curious Case of Donald Trump
In this episode, the squad discusses 1. Briter Bridges Funding Report  on startups in Africa 2. Safaricom bull run which hit an all-time high and its future   3. Big Tech censorship of Trump 4.  Censorship by governments, case in point Uganda. 
January 15, 2021
Weekly Markets Update| Episode 1 : The Dow Touched an All Time High and Oversubscribed Local Bond Markets
Kenyan Wallstreet Founder Eric Asuma and  Chief Financial Analyst Felix talk about investor long term focus in the global markets, rising profit warnings in Kenyan companies and Safaricom's outlook for 2021.
January 11, 2021
How the COVID-19 Vaccine will Shape Global Markets, Stimulus Package, the Growing Role of Crypto and Currencies to Watch
Pepperstone Head of Research Chris Weston talks about how the COVID-19 Vaccine will speed up the service industry and drive economic recovery in 2021, how Biden's stimulus will repair the US labour market, and the need for education in Cryptocurrency. Chris shares some of the institutional adoptions of Cryptocurrency, the need for education and currencies to watch in the year. 
January 11, 2021
Diversity at Board Level Should Mirror Diversity at Stakeholder Level - Catherine Musakali
Kenyan Wallstreet Founder Eric Asuma talks to Catherine Musakali, Founding Member at Dorion Associates and Advocate of the High Court on building the capacity of women for board positions, diversity and returns to stakeholders, promoting different voices in company leadership. Catherine also talks about how to recognize and are the achievements of women, and inspire the younger generations.
January 10, 2021
We Are Curious Episode One | Episode One: of the Bullish Crypto run, Digital Taxes, AfCFTA, and Elon Musk.
Ally, Eric and Eric sit at a table over wine and talk all things Africa, tech, business, economics and the world. 
January 8, 2021
Storytelling Gives Consumer Influence on How to Consume a Product - Addlestone Founder Kendi Perpetual.
Kenyan Wallstreet CTO Eric Jackson talks to Addlestone PR Founder and CEO Kendi Perpetual on the importance of storytelling for brands, how COVID-19 has changed the public relations, leveraging tech for public relations and innovations for low-cost public relations communication in Africa. 
January 8, 2021
Rina Hicks, Faida Investments Director on Investing During a Crisis and Asset Classes to Watch in 2021
Kenyan Wallstreet Founder Eric Asuma talks to Money Wise Founder and Faida Investments Director Rina Hicks, on the status of savings and investment in Kenya, how to invest at a time of crisis, mistakes when making investment decisions, picking out between different investment instruments, and some of the red flags investors can watch out for. 
December 30, 2020
Leila Fourie, CEO, JSE – Growing Investor Confidence and Developing Pan African Investment
Our Chief Financial Analyst Felix Ochieng talks to Johannesburg Stock Exchange CEO Leila Fourie on promoting trust in exchanges, the challenges faced in running exchanges, developing avenues for Pan African investment, promoting sustainable development, and plans for the JSE to introduce a private market in the infrastructure and SME space as exchanges globally recover from the Coronavirus.
December 30, 2020
How ISO Certifications and Standards offer Competitive Advantage and Unique Selling Points to Businesses
Michael Koech, Manager responsible for Climate and Environmental Management at Safaricom, talks to Mwakaneno on how Safaricom's recent ISO Certifications help the company deliver quality services to its customers and protect the different products' reputation and how the ISO certifications translate to better product experience through fostering continuous improvement. 
December 17, 2020
Telematics | Episode 2: Adopting Pay per Kilometer and Pay When You Drive in Motor Insurance
Ally Mwakaneno talks to AI Care CEO Arthur Mulwa on how pay per kilometre and Pay when you drive will cut claims for insurers, and premiums for clients, using Ai algorithms to detect accidents will automated ambulance dispatch and improve road safety.
December 14, 2020
Artificial Intelligence |Episode 3 : Promoting Symbiotic Relationships Between Humans and AIs
Kenyan Wallstreet CTO Eric Jackson talks to Caroline Gorski, Global Director at R² Data Labs on how to achieve a symbitoic relationship between humans and AI, attaining unsupervised learning and promoting global representation towards advancing AI
December 14, 2020
The Offshore Investor | Episode 3 - Channels to Invest in Offshore Stocks
Ally Mwakaneno talks to Bricklane Capital LLP Managing Partner Ibrahim Karuthiru on the various platforms to invest in offshore stocks, and the difference between managed accounts and individual accounts.
December 13, 2020
Equiti Capital CEO Brian Myers Talks Online Trading in Africa Amid Coronavirus
In this episode of the Kenyan Wallstreet Podcast, Eric Asuma from Kenyan Wallstreet chats with Brian Myers, who is CEO of Equiti Capital, which is part of the FCA regulated arm of global FX and CFDs brokerage Equiti Group.  In February 2018 the Equiti Group, through its Kenyan subsidiary EGM Securities, became the first online forex broker to receive a license from Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and opened a full-service regional office in Nairobi, Kenya in July 2018, trading as FX Pesa. Key highlights from this podcast; - How the virus changed the world of financial markets - Brian Myer's top trades for 2020 - 2020 Recap & how covid accelerated online trading in Africa - Financial literacy - Exciting things that Equiti has in store in 2021 including expansion into South Africa - Brian's top trades that he will be keenly watching in 2021
December 12, 2020
A CRB chat with Carma's Ted Martynov
In Kenya and Nigeria, digital lenders have important decisions to make with very little data. So one of the things CARMA does is to convince these lenders to contribute their own data to its database. This way, all the lenders in a country can easily
December 3, 2020
Banking Industry Report Sets Roadmap Towards Inclusive Financial Services For PWD
The Kenya banking sector has today reaffirmed its commitment to enhance service delivery for Persons living With Disabilities (PWDs) as part of its long- term strategic objective to entrench financial services across the country. This follows the official release of the Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Pilot Project Report by the Central Bank of Kenya Governor, Dr. Patrick Njoroge, today during a virtual event that brought together banking industry players and partners.
December 2, 2020
Telematics | Episode 1 : Using Telematics to Customize Motor Insurance Premiums and Cutting Fraud
Ally Mwakaneno talks to AI Care CEO Arthur Mulwa on how AI Care telematics is reducing fraud and therefore losses in motor insurance, using telematics to customize pricing and improving accident response time using automated systems.
November 30, 2020
A Deep Dive Into IOT Solar Outdoor Workstations and how They Offer Alternative Workspaces in Rural Areas
Africa's talent pool has yet again produced an innovation, Solar Workstations. Join Nyawira Thairu whose curiosity on Twitter landed her on Solar Pocha's innovation which utilizes one of Africa's rich resources, solar,  to power a workspace of 8-10 people in an open space. The workspace is also creatively designed to be wheelchair accessible making it all-inclusive.
November 28, 2020
A Chat with GM Mövenpick Michael Flint on Partnership with Hennessy
Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi has partnered with the world’s leading cognac maker, Hennessy to mark the beginning of the festive season at the Hotel’s Kijani restaurant in an event to also celebrate and reflect on the unpredictable year 2020 has been. The collaboration with Hennessy is much anticipated as it will majorly feature new ways to make cocktails -a much-needed kind of culinary experience to not only entertain guests but also have them end the year in style. Movenpick on its side is also set to entertain guests with a series of feasts as the festive season kicks in, with celebrations such as the corporate end of year parties and Christmas eve celebrations at its unique one of a kind rooftop restaurant, The View. Other feasts on the line up to entertain guests include Christmas day brunch and New year’s eve party
November 27, 2020
Re-imagining Business Operations through Behavioural Economics
Kenyan Wallstreet Resident Economist Prince Muraguri talks to Nate Peterson, Vice President of Partnerships at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics on how businesses can leverage on behavioural economics to better understand the changing customer experience and customer journey in the COVID-19 era. 
November 24, 2020
The Offshore Investor | Episode 2 - The Difference Between Investing Individually and Investing Through a Brokerage Firm
Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno talks to Bricklane Capital Managing Partner Ibrahim Karuthiru on whether on the differences between managing an investment directly and using a stockbroker, the pitfalls of savings and how investment portfolios reflect their owners. 
November 21, 2020
The Offshore Investor | Episode 1 - Offshore Markets Provide Wider Variety of Investments, Better Returns.
Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno talks to Ibrahim Roy Karuthiru, Managing Partner at Bricklane Capital LLP on where to start if you want to invest offshore, how the domestic market compares to offshore markets, and the requirements for opening an offshore investment account. 
November 14, 2020
Artificial Intelligence | Episode 2 Part 3 : How Humans Should Treat AI and Striking Balance Between AI Dependence and Human Ingenuity
Kenyan Wallstreet CTO Eric Jackson talks to Caroline Gorski, Global Director of R² Data Labs on how human beings should treat AI, balancing human ingenuity and creativity with the use of AI and potential areas of AI application in the African continent.
November 12, 2020
Artificial Intelligence | Episode 2 Part 1 : Fairness is Key in Building a Sound AI Ethics Approach
Why is it important to create a framework of AI ethics to guide AI decisions? Kenyan Wallstreet CTO Eric Jackson talks to Caroline Gorski, Global Director of R² Data Labs on how to ensure fairness in Artificial Intelligences through mitigating possible biases in AI outcomes based on the transparency of data and models.  
November 11, 2020
Artificial Intelligence | Episode 2 Part 2 : Bias in AI systems and how to prevent Algorithmic drift in AI systems.
Kenyan Wallstreet CTO Eric Jackson talks to Caroline Gorski, Global Director of R² Data Labs on the importance of promoting trustworthy Artificial Intelligence to offer assurance that self-taught algorithms behave as should throughout the life of an AI. Caroline further answers the question of how to prevent Algorithmic drift in the AIs.
November 10, 2020
A Podcast Interview with MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Njoki Muhoho on Investing in Local Film Talent, and Exporting Kenyan Films to International Audiences
Ally Mwakaneno talks to MultiChoice Talent Factory Director and 3 times Juror at International Emmy Awards Njoki Muhoho on what Multichoice and Kenya Film Commission (KFC) partnerships are doing to improve local talent in the film industry, the impact of investments in local film talent, why Kenyan films are missing out on international awards, and the future of the Kenyan film industry. 
November 5, 2020
Interview with Facebook's Mercy Ndegwa on Facebook Marketplace Launch in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno talks to Mercy Ndegwa, Head of Public Policy, East and Horn of Africa at Facebook about the Facebook Marketplace, a C2C platform that allows individuals to discover, buy and sell goods online. Ally and Mercy discuss its benefits to small businesses in Kenya and Ethiopia, promoting trust on online shopping platforms and the possibility of partnering with local payments players with the platform. 
November 3, 2020
#CEOChat with NCBA Group MD John Gachora
The Kenya Bankers Association #CEOCHAT forum kicked off early Friday morning under the theme Banking Industry Growth and Consolidation Trends Amid Heightened Uncertainty. My Chat with a Bank CEO is a forum by Kenya Bankers Association where Bank CEOs engage social media users on topical issues in the banking industry with today’s forum hosting NCBA Group CEO John Gachora.
October 30, 2020
A Chat with IFC's Anne Kabugi on Gender Equality in Financial Services
Kenyan Wallstreet's Wandiri Gitogo talks to Anne Kabugi, IFC's Regional Gender Lead in Africa on the status of Gender Equality in top leadership in Kenya's financial services, barriers to women businesses and what the IFC is doing to support female entrepreneurs. 
October 29, 2020
DTB Group CEO Nasim Devji Speech at the Africa Women In Finance Conference
Group CEO and Managing Director at Diamond Trust Bank Nasim Devji Remarks at the Virtual Leading Women in Banking & Finance Conference on 16th October 2020. In this podcast; - Nasim Devji shares her remarkable story of how she group up in Tanzania before going for studies in the UK - Her career journey as she rose up to the ranks to become the CEO of DTB - Her top tips to help women navigate the workplace - How the pandemic has affected the Banking Industry and what the future looks like
October 19, 2020
Citi Kenya CEO Martin Mugambi and 4G Capital CEO Wayne Henessy Discuss a $3 Million Loan to Boost Working Capital for Small Businesses in Kenya
Kenyan Wallstreet CTO Eric Jackson talks to the two CEOs on a recent $3 million loan for 25,000 small businesses in Kenya, how data analytics is supporting leading towards retailers in fast-moving goods, and partnerships, and providing customer-centric solutions through partnerships. 
October 16, 2020
Interview with Rekha Mhango - Deputy Governor Bank of Zambia
Kenyan Wallstreet's Wandiri Gitogo speaks to Rekha Mhango, Deputy Governor Bank of Zambia ahead of the Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance. Register for the event:
October 14, 2020
IMF Director Dr. Nancy Onyango on Best Practices for Equality, Systemic Challenges to Gender Equality, Highlighting Career Achievements and Books She Enjoys.
Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno engages Dr. Nancy Onyango, Director, Office of Internal Audit and Inspection at the IMF on global best practices for gender equality, books that she enjoys, the importance of highlighting impact and achievements, the flaws of gender neutrality and how societal norms fuel bias. 
October 13, 2020
Equity Group Director Mary Wamae on Gender Equality on Boards and How Businesses can Thrive in a Crisis
The Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno talks to Equity Group Holdings Director for Subsidiaries Mary Wamae on her experience as a female Director, balancing family roles, social life and careers, and how businesses take advantage of opportunities that come in crises. 
October 12, 2020
Vision Boards are Key to Achieving Goals - A Podcast with Vision Board Coach and Hair Expo Founder Emily Kinuthia
Kenyan Wallstreet's Mwakaneno Gakweli talks to Vision Board Coach, Brand Consultant and Entrepreneur Emily Kinuthia on why having a visual representation of goals works better than writing them down, how to create a vision board and its importance. 
October 12, 2020
Emotions Drive Behavior- A Chat with Mucha Mlingo
Kenyan Wallstreet's Wandiri Gitogo chats with Emotional Intelligence Coach Mucha Mlingo ahead of the Kenya Bankers Association e-conference. Register for the conference go to
October 9, 2020
Liquid Telecom Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer on How ISPs, Edtechs and Schools are Enhancing E-learning During the Pandemic
Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno and Liquid Telecom's Ben Roberts discuss the status e-learning during COVID-19, partnerships between Schools Edtechs and ISPs and the future of e-learning after the pandemic.
October 8, 2020
Family Bank CEO Rebecca Mbithi- Personalized Services To Drive Women Inclusion In Financial Services
Kenyan Wallstreet's Wandiri Gitogo speaks to Rebecca Mbithi ahead of the Leading Women In Finance e-conference. To register for the conference go to
October 7, 2020
The Psychology of Money by Abojani
Kenyan journalist Sharon Momanyi Chats with Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal. Author of the book The Psychology of Money. Podcast by Abojani.
October 5, 2020
MasterCard to Power Digital Economy - A chat with Gaurang Shah Senior Vice President Digital Payment
A chat with Gaurang Shah Senior Vice President Digital Payments & Labs, MEA, Mastercard.
October 1, 2020
Engage Kenya Curator Agatha Juma "Women Leadership Requires Owning Your Story"
Interview with Agatha Juma ahead of the Africa Regional Leading Women in Finance and Banking by The Kenya Bankers Association. Ms Agatha Juma is an experienced coach and trainer on communication and storytelling for business.  Visit  for more information about the conference.
September 28, 2020
Podcast Interview with Renaissance Capital Economists: Charles Robertson & Yvonne Mhango
In this episode of the Kenyan Wallstreet Podcast, our Resident Economist Prince Muraguri holds an insightful discussion with two economists from Renaissance Capital: Charles Robertson(Global Chief Economist) and Yvonne Mhango  (Head of Research - Sub-Saharan Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa Economist). In this episode, you’ll discover:  03:50: Africa has been less vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age dynamics. 08:28: East African countries perform well in the Renaissance Capital’s composite resilience score ranking. 12:41: Higher bond yields in emerging economies in the new decade will likely attract investors to emerging markets. 17:10: Kenya’s GDP projected to grow at 1.5%. 20:15: The link between fertility rates and domestic borrowing rates. 26:14: Kenya’s trade balance dynamics. 29:37:The U.S. Presidential election and the KSH/USD exchange rate. 33:25: More on the Kenyan Shilling - is it misaligned from fair value? 35:43: Key take-aways from the macro panel discussion at the 6th Annual Virtual East Africa Investor Conference. Notes Learn more about Renaissance Capital on their website Connect with Charles Robertson on Twitter Connect with Yvonne Mhango on Twitter
September 24, 2020
Artificial Intelligence | Episode 1 : What is AI? Is Africa ready for AI?
Kenyan Wallstreet’s CTO Eric Jackson hosts the Global Director at Rolls-Royce’s R2 Data Labs, Caroline Gorski, as they explore the topic of Artificial Intelligence.  What is Artificial Intelligence? And what learning can we take from over 30 years of power engines monitoring at Rolls-Royce to help solve problems during a Global Pandemic?  They also explore how Africa can take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Stay tuned for more episodes on AI.
September 23, 2020
Interview with Rose Ogega; MD Bloom Consultancy, on Women Rising in Leadership
Kenyan Wallstreet Senior Editor Miriam Wangui speaks to Rose Ogega on the status of women in leadership in Kenya, uplifting young women, female role models, leadership succession in Kenyan companies and corporate conflict resolution during remote working. 
September 18, 2020
Stanbic Bank Kenya CEO Charles Mudiwa on How the bank is supporting women Entrepreneurs
Interview with Stanbic Bank Kenya CEO Charles Mudiwa ahead of the Africa Regional Leading Women in Finance and Banking by The Kenya Bankers Association. Visit  for more information about the conference. 
September 15, 2020
KBA's Public Affairs Director Nuru Mugambi on Gender Equality in Kenya's Finance Space
Ally Mwakaneno talks to KBA's Public Affairs Director Nuru Mugambi on the status of gender equality in leadership in Kenya's Banking space. Nuru also shares the immense benefits that banks and other financial institutions accrue from having more women in boards. She closes with advice to young women who want to scale the corporate career ladder. 
September 14, 2020
Liquid Telecom CDO David Behr on Cybersecurity During COVID-19
Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno talks to Liquid Telecom Chief Digital Officer David Behr on the status of cybersecurity in Africa, and how COVID-19 has accelerated threats to companies as people continue to work from home and the future of cybersecurity
September 11, 2020
Lindelwa Farisani, Head of Equity Advisory Sales at UBS South Africa on How to Promote Gender Inclusive Leadership
A conversation between Kenyan Wallstreet's Ally Mwakaneno and Lindelwa Farisani, Head of Equity Advisory Sales at UBS South Africa and Eisenhower Fellow on cultural and policy changes necessary to promote a gender-inclusive leadership in companies.
September 8, 2020
Women in the Cryptocurrency Space
In this podcast, we sit with Yvonne Kagondu, the Kenya Community Coordinator at Paxful. She sheds light on how women can plug into the cryptocurrency space, and career opportunities available for them in this field.
September 8, 2020
Interview With Hedwige Nuyens, MD at the International Banking Federation, UK on Promoting Gender Diversity in Leadership
Interview With Hedwige Nuyens, MD at the International Banking Federation, UK on Promoting Gender Diversity in Leadership and Reducing the Economic Gender Gap. 
August 28, 2020
Kenya Bankers CEO Habil Olaka on the benefits of promoting gender diversity in leadership
Interview with Kenya Bankers Association CEO Dr Habil Olaka ahead of the upcoming Africa the Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance on 15th and 16th October 2020. For more information about the e-conference, please visit
August 26, 2020
Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance Panelist Interview: Featuring Dr. Diane Karusisi - CEO, Bank of Kigali
In this episode, we sit with Dr. Diane Karusisi, the CEO of the Bank of Kigali. Dr. Diane will be one of the panelists participating in the Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance organized by the Kenya Bankers Association and will take place on the 15th and 16th October, 2020. Register here:
August 25, 2020
Use Cases of Bitcoin in Africa
In this podcast, we had an interview with Modibe Matsepane, the Community Coordinator for Africa at Paxful. Modibe shared his insights on the use cases of Bitcoin that are most suited for the African continent.
August 24, 2020
Ndovu Investments Founder on Digital Investments
Kenyan Wallstreet Business Journalist Ally Mwakaneno Chats with Ndovu Investment Founder Radhika Bachu on digital investment and how Robo-advisory will change the retail investment scene in Africa.
August 24, 2020
Paxful CEO Ray Youssef On The Future Of Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Bitcoin Marketplaces In Africa
Kenyan Wallstreet resident Economist Prince Muraguri speaks to Paxful CEO Ray Youssef
August 14, 2020
Podcast: Interview with AMCHAM CEO on What the FTA Means for Kenya
Interview with Maxwell Okello, AmCham CEO
July 28, 2020
Effects of COVID-19 on Kenya's Credit Market
Kenyan Wallstreet Business Dev Lead Erick Asuma Chats with Samuel Tayengwa, TransUnion Africa Product Director
July 23, 2020
Podcast: Press Release of Monetary Policy Committee held on 25th June
The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Kenya met on June 25th to discuss the stance of the monetary policy in Kenya. This podcast reads out the official press release of the MPC Statement
June 29, 2020
Finance Bill 2020 Podcast with PWC Experts
In this podcast, we had an insightful discussion with four experts from PWC Kenya to unpack the 2020 Finance Bill. We held a multi-faceted discussion around the bill and conversed about the proposals contained therein. The panelists from PWC Kenya included Titus Mukora, Joseph Githaiga, Maurice Mwaniki and Edna Gitachu. The podcast was hosted by our resident economist Prince Muraguri.
June 2, 2020
FX Pesa Global Markets Weekly Outlook
In this episode, Gaurav Kashyap and Mark Lee discuss the week that was and give projections for the next week.
June 1, 2020
Interview with Nendo Founder Mark Kaigwa
Nendo, a digital growth consultancy, has released a report on the Impact of COVID-19 on consumers and corporates in Kenya. The report covered sectors including Retail, Financial services and payments, Connectivity, Education, Entertainment, Food and supplies, mobility, communications, healthcare and Income generation.
May 30, 2020
Takeaways of the Monetary Policy Committee Meeting
On Wednesday 27th May, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Kenya had a  meeting to go over the monetary policy stance. This podcast goes over the press release of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting to highlight the key communications contained therein.
May 28, 2020
#CEOChat; Stanbic Kenya CEO Charles Mudiwa
Stanbic Kenya CEO Charles Mudiwa shares insights
May 26, 2020
#CEOChat; Citi CEO Martin Mugambi Interview
A chat with Citi CEO Martin Mugambi
May 15, 2020
Trading 101 Podcast: The Fundamentals of Stock Trading in Kenya
In this podcast, the Kenyan Wallstreet Resident Economist sat down with Felix Ochieng, an investment banker and stocks trader.
May 15, 2020
Islamic Finance Podcast; What Makes an Investment Islamically Acceptable?
In Episode 3 of the Islamic Finance Podcast Series, Ali Mohammed delves into the necessary criteria that need to be fulfilled in order to make an investment Islamically acceptable.
May 14, 2020
EGM Global Markets Review; Turkish Lira Crisis, US China Tensions Rise
Turkish Lira Crisis, US China Tensions Rise
May 12, 2020
Key Takeaways from The World Bank Kenya Economic Update
In the recently released Kenya Economic Update, the World Bank reported that Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product growth rate will shrink to 1.5 percent. In this podcast, our resident economist, Prince Muraguri, has constructed a summary of the Kenya Economic Update and discussed some of its key highlights
May 5, 2020
Islamic Finance Episode 2: Common Misconceptions About Islamic Finance
In Episode 2 of the Islamic Finance podcast series, Ali Mohammed tackles some of the most common misconceptions that people hold regarding Islamic Finance.
May 1, 2020
Interview with Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa & CFO Sateesh Kamath
The interview happens after Safaricom released 2019/2020 full year financials
April 29, 2020
Islamic Finance Podcast Series with Ali Mohamed Episode 1
Mohamed is the lead consultant at Kasada group, part of Qatar Investment Authority and ACCOR and a member of the incorporation committee of Power Bank
April 28, 2020
What do negative US oil prices mean? FX Pesa Global Markets Podcast
On this Episode, Equiti Global Analysts Gaurav Kashyap and Mark Lee discuss the recent negative oil price and give projections for the week
April 27, 2020
OPEC+ makes historic Oil cuts and the impact on the crude prices Equiti Global Markets Podcast
On this episode Gaurav and Mark discuss the recent OPEC+ approval of oil cut by 9.7 million barrels per day and projections for the week
April 14, 2020
Global Markets Show First Sign of Stability: Podcast with Equiti Global's Gaurav Kashyap & Mark Lee
In this episode Gaurav and Mark give their projections of the week.
March 30, 2020
Interview with Copia CEO - Tim Steel on COVID19 impact on supply chain and e-commerce
Copia was built to bring regular Africans quality goods at low prices, regardless of their income level, access to technology or location
March 28, 2020
KCB-MPesa Users to Access KSh 30 Billion Kitty
The Bank and Safaricom will also open their doors to customers who had been blacklisted with the Credit Reference Bureaus (CRBs) but have since cleared their loans.
March 23, 2020
How COVID-19 Sparked Russia vs Saudi Arabia Oil War - Equiti Analysts Gaurav Kashyap and Mark Lee
How COVID-19 sparked Russia vs Saudi Arabia Oil War. Equiti Group Ltd is the parent company of some of the most progressive FX and CFD brands and prime brokerage providers in the industry.
March 11, 2020
Central Banks Come to the Rescue of Global Markets-Equiti Global Analysts Gaurav Kashyap & Mark Lee
Equiti Group Ltd is the parent company of some of the most progressive FX and CFD brands and prime brokerage providers in the industry.
March 4, 2020
Interview with Fred Waswa- Group Chief Executive Officer, Octagon Africa
Octagon Africa recently partnered with Alexander Forbes in a retirement benefit plan that could see people in the informal sector take up pension
March 3, 2020
Interview with Jared Getenga,Chief Executive Officer Credit Information Sharing Association of Kenya
Credit Information Sharing (CIS) is a process where credit providers (such as banks, microfinance institutions, saccos, etc.) exchange information on their outstanding loans and advances through licensed Credit Reference Bureaus (CRBs). The CRBs are licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya. Through CIS, a lenders accesses reports from the CRB which informs them about the repayment patterns of a borrower. In other markets, CIS is also referred to as Credit Referencing or Credit Reporting, among other terms. In Kenya, as per the Credit Reference Bureau Regulations 2013, commercial and microfinance banks are mandated to share information on their entire loan books, meaning both up to date and late (overdue) repayment details of a borrower are shared. This data is submitted electronically on a monthly basis to the CRBs.
February 18, 2020
CMA Licenses Derivatives Trading Members
NSE launched Derivatives market in July 2019
February 7, 2020
Kenya's Central Bank Introduces Mobile based bonds
roll out of CBK-TMD designed to facilitate investment in government securities
February 7, 2020
Interview with Wycliffe Shamiah, acting CMA CEO
Mr. Shamiah took over the mantle from Mr. Paul Muthaura on 1st Jan 2020
February 3, 2020
Barclays Launches Kenya's First Vertical Card as Transition to ABSA gains pace
Kenya's first vertical card launched by Barclays
January 27, 2020
Kenya’s Acorn Green Bond Starts Trading at LSE
This development comes days after the bond, worth KSh4.3 billion, started trading at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).
January 20, 2020
Kenya Secures £1.3B From UK in Investments Deals
The investments will focus on housing, finance, renewables and entrepreneurship
January 20, 2020
One Year Treasury bills Oversubscribed
The CBK received bids worth Ksh 39.77 Billion and accepted Ksh 36.8 Billion
January 14, 2020
Yen falls to Eight month low as US-China Ties improve
The yen has weakened 1.4% versus the dollar this year
January 14, 2020
Acorn Green Bond starts trading on NSE
Acorn green bond raised Ksh 4.3 Billion representing an 85% subscription
January 14, 2020
KQ set to receive cash boost from the government
The airline made a net loss of Ksh 8.5 billion in the first half of 2019
January 13, 2020
Kenya's Tourism Earnings hit Ksh 163.5 Billion
In 2019 the number of tourists hit 2.04 million compared to 2.02 million in 2018
January 13, 2020
Interview with Jerioth Mwaura on capitalizing on GIG economy to solve unemployment
Gig economy is an ecosystem where freelancing is the primary or at least a major source of income
January 11, 2020
KCB injects Ksh 5 billion into recently acquired National Bank
This is to meet capital adequacy thresholds
January 9, 2020
Africa Oil to Earn from Kenya's First Oil Shipment
An independent firm estimates Kenya's oil reserves at 766 million barrels
January 9, 2020
Kenya to Refinance its Commercial Debt
Public debt is expected to reach 6.7 trillion by the end of this year
January 9, 2020
Kisumu port ships First Oil Consignment to Uganda
The consignment contained 22 wagons loaded with 894,000 liters of diesel
January 8, 2020
SGR Loan Repayments to China to double to Ksh 71 Billion
Taxpayers will shoulder part of the 130% increase due to revenue shortfalls from the project
January 8, 2020
Absa strikes $497 Million Deal to Boost Lending in Africa
The guarantee will shield Absa against political risk and assist expand financing across seven African Nations
January 8, 2020
International Oil Prices Jump to Seven Month high
The price hike is as a result of US-Iran tension
January 7, 2020
Kenya's Stock Market ranked sub-saharan Africa's best performer in the past decade
The MSCI index improved by 12% in the period starting from 1st January 2010 to 31st December 2019
January 7, 2020
NCBA Boss Calls for Higher Capital Requirements for Banks
The CEO recommends raising minimum core capital base to Ksh 10 billion from the current 1 billion
January 7, 2020
The World's Biggest Free Trade Area to Launch in July
The Continental Free Trade Area will comprise of 53 African Countries with an estimated GDP of $2.5 Trillion
January 6, 2020
Port of Mombasa hits 1.4 Million Containers in 2019
In 2020 the port expects to handle 1.5 million Total Equivalent Units
January 4, 2020
Kenya's Q3 Economic Growth Declined to 5.1%
This is in comparison to the 5.6% quarterly growth recorded in the 1st and 2nd quarters of the year
January 3, 2020
Interview With EGM CEO Samuel Kiraka on the State of Kenya's Online Forex (FX) Trading
EGM Securities Ltd is Kenya's first Non-Dealing Online Forex Broker licensed and regulated by Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority
January 3, 2020
December Inflation Rises to 5.82%
Food and Transport costs rose significantly between November and December
January 2, 2020
Barclays Futures Begin Trading at the NSE derivatives Market
This brings the number of Single stock futures traded to 6. Safaricom,KCB,Equity, EABL and BAT
January 2, 2020
KRA re-introduces Turnover Tax from 1st January 2020
This is in line with the Finance act 2019
January 2, 2020
A Discussion on The Affordable Housing Program with Haggith Jepkoech
The Affordable Housing Programme is an initiative by government as one of the pillars under the ‘Big 4 Agenda’ which ensures that low and middle income households have access to decent and affordable housing units. More Information at
December 22, 2019
A chat with KBL Managing Director, Jane Karuku after Safaricom Partners with KBL to Connect Coolers
The partnership will see the coolers connected with sensors, which leverage on the Internet of things (IoT), responsible for collecting and exchanging data.
November 23, 2019
Interview with Kamal Bhattacharya CEO & Co-Founder Mojochat
Mojochat is a service focused on helping people to acquire second languages.
November 19, 2019
A chat with Miriam Tuerk CEO at Clear Blue Technologies
Clear Blue Technologies International, the Smart Off-Grid company, combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power and control off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions.
November 18, 2019
Eaagads Appoints New Director
In line with this appointment, the company’s board has also announced the resignation of Mr. Andrew Rowell as a director of the company.
November 16, 2019
Amazon To Set Up Edge Location in Kenya
The new addition will be Amazon’s third location in Africa
November 15, 2019
First Phase of Affordable Houses to be Completed by December
The second phase of the project is expected to be completed in mid 2020 and the final phase will be completed by the end of next year.
November 15, 2019
Unilever Appoints Nils Andersen as the New Chairman
Nils Andersen has previously served as CEO at Maersk and Carlsberg
November 14, 2019
Equity Group's Q3 Profits hit Ksh 17.3 Billion
at market close 11th Nov 2019, Equity Group Holdings shares traded at Ksh 48.50
November 14, 2019
Stanlib to sell Fahari I-REIT to ICEA Lion
The deal is expected to be completed by 29th February 2020
November 13, 2019
Kenyan Banks Ease Credit Access to SMEs
The banks are using Stawi – a digital platform – to improve access to credit and improve SMEs businesses.
November 7, 2019
Students’ Backed Unit Trust Fund Launched in Kenya
The first-ever student’s unit trust fund in Kenya was recently launched in under the name Wanafunzi Investment Unit Trust Fund.
November 7, 2019
Parliament Adopts Proposal to Remove Rate Cap Law
only 161 members of parliament were present against the minimum of 233  members needed for a vote. As a result, the proposals passed through  without a vote.
November 5, 2019
National Bank Reports Q3 Profit of Sh 642.9 million
NBK has been operating as a subsidiary of KCB Group since beginning of October
November 4, 2019
Interview with Safaricom Interim CEO Michael Joseph
Safaricom has reported a 14.4 % growth in half-year net profit to Ksh 35.65 billion.
November 3, 2019
Safaricom’s Half-Year Profits Jump 14.4% to KSh35 billion
Safaricom has reported a 14.4 % growth in half-year net profit to Ksh  35.65 billion. Pre-tax profit increased by 12.7% to Ksh 49.88 billion.  Service revenue increased by 5.3% to Ksh124.3 billion.
November 2, 2019
Kenya's public debt hits Ksh 6 Trillion
The debt represents 60% of GDP
October 29, 2019
High Cost of Food Pushes Kenya’s Inflation to 4.95% in October
Kenya’s rate of inflation averaged at around 5.2% between September 2018 and October 2019.
October 28, 2019
A discussion on The Kenya Information And Communications (amendment) Bill
The objective of this Bill is to amend the Kenya Information and Communications Act to provide for regulation of use of social media platforms
October 27, 2019
Interview: A chat with Head of Research ABSA group Jeff Gable
Jeff Gable, Head of Macro and Fixed Income Research ABSA group
October 25, 2019
Interview: A chat with Pan African East Africa General Manager Greg Jackson
The Panafrican Group operates in various countries across Africa where they are recognized leaders in providing Komatsu, Wirtgen and AGCO equipment and aftersales support solutions to the the large mining, light and alluvial mining, cement and aggregates, civil and infrastructure, power and energy, and agriculture and forestry sectors.
October 22, 2019
Tax Contribution by Banks hits Ksh 207 Billion in Two Years
Total tax contribution of the Kenya Banking sector plus remarks by Kenya Bankers Association CEO Dr. Habil Olaka
October 20, 2019
Interview: A chat with Frida Nzaba, Engineer at Rolls Royce and Founder of Edu-Cater Global
Frida Nzaba is a Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce Engine Overhaul Services, based in Derby. Her working day is spent developing and implementing ways to repair jet engine components.
October 20, 2019
Interview: Harriet Kariuki of Afrijob discusses the Kenyan Startup Ecosystem
Afrijob helps match fast-growing African companies with top local, regional, and global talent.
October 19, 2019
Interview : Deloitte E.A CEO - Mr. Joe Eshun and Africa Deloitte Private Leader - Ms Mabel Ndalawa
Deloitte Private is a group of international experts created within the Deloitte network that provides specific advisory services to private companies, family businesses & individuals.
October 15, 2019
The Kenyan Wall Street Podcast: A discussion on The Lending Cap Rate
Our Team discusses the lending cap rate and how it has affected issuance of credit
October 12, 2019
Traders to have Direct Access to NSE Derivatives Market
The new platform allows investors to place,buy and sell orders directly on the Exchange's order book
October 9, 2019
News Brief: AfDB, ICEA LION, Renault Trucks, Credolab
1.African Development Bank (AfDB) Approves KSh23.8 Billion Loan for Expansion of Kenya’s Great North Road. 2. Dr. Caesar Mwangi Appointed CEO of ICEA LION Insurance Holdings. 3.Renault Trucks Opens Assembly Plant in Thika 4.New Credit Reference Bureau opens in Kenya
October 9, 2019
Stockbrokers bleed from depressed NSE
Stockbrokers and Investment Bankers have been hit hard by a persistent bear run at the NSE
October 8, 2019
Kenya's Financial Sector reports stable growth
Regional and local economy growth was reported to be stable
October 8, 2019
News Brief: KPC, KRA, NMG, KCB-NBK
1. Andambi's tenure as Acting MD at KPC extended. 2.Francis Muthaura gets 3 years at KRA Board. 3.Summayya Hassan joins NMG Board. 4. KCB lists additional 142.9 million shares after acquisition.
October 7, 2019
Weekly Market Review: Shilling Stable
The Shilling remained stable against major international and regional currencies
October 6, 2019
Press Conference: Central Bank of Kenya Briefing on Demonetization of Ksh 1000 notes
Central Bank of Kenya’s press conference with Governor Patrick Njoroge  on how the demonetisation of the Kshs. 1000 notes happened.
October 5, 2019
Interview: A chat with KBA's Nuru Mugambi
Kenya’s first green bond, issued Acorn Holdings, has raised 4.3 billion shillings to build environmentally-friendly student accommodation
October 4, 2019
Press Conference: SANLAM KENYA Announces early retirement programme
Press Conference held by Group CEO of Sanlam Kenya PLC Dr Patrick N Tumbo
September 29, 2019
Interview: IQbusiness Head of Africa Development
IQbusiness is the largest independent management consulting firm in South Africa
September 27, 2019
News Brief
1.Kenya and Singapore exploring prospects for direct flights 2. BAT Kenya appoints new shares Registrars 3. Safaricom bags 2019 Employer of the year 4.Fish Imports from China to continue 5. Eddy Njoroge appointed ISO president
September 23, 2019
Interview: SWVL CEO,CO-Founder Mostafa Kandil
SWVL is a premium mass transit system that provides buses to every neighbourhood in Cairo. It allows people to share a ride in a van or bus
September 20, 2019
Interview: IATA VP Africa & Middle East Muhammad Aalbakri
The International Air Transport Association is a trade association  of the world’s airlines. Consisting of 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117  countries, the IATA's member airlines account for carrying approximately  82% of total available seat miles air traffic.
September 19, 2019
Kisumu port ready to Kickstart Operations
This is after a Ksh 700 million revamp
September 17, 2019
NSE admits NIC Bank to the derivatives market
as a non executive member
September 17, 2019
Interview : A chat with Copia Kenya CEO Tim Steel
Copia is one of the fastest growing enterprises in Kenya, who aim to make living easier - everyday,  by delivering underserved consumers and their communities the choice,  convenience and opportunity they deserve through a network of  digitally-enabled Agents located close to their home.
September 13, 2019
Interview : Rolls Royce Potential for Growth in Africa
Exclusive Interview: Philip Atkins, Vice President, Customers at Rolls-Royce
September 13, 2019
Interview: Kenya bids to host 2021 UNWTO General Assembly Meeting
CS Najib Balala says Kenya is ready to host UNWTO General Assembly Meeting
September 13, 2019
Interview : Rolls Royce future in Africa
What the future of Rolls Royce look like in Africa
September 9, 2019
Pradeep Paunrana given till Sept 10th to stop sale of ARM
Failure to which, the company will switch hands to Narendra raval of Devki group
September 6, 2019
KQ withdraws its Privately Initiated Investment Proposal
Withdrawal decision arrived at on 27th August
September 6, 2019
Moody's : NBK acquisition will weaken KCB Group's financials
In the short term the acquisition weakens KCB
September 5, 2019
Kenya Airways half-year losses widen to Ksh 8.5 billion
Flight delays and cancellations are said to drive up KQ&#