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Technology 30 Jun 2016 | 6:20 AM

Landing with a bump? Germany's Rocket falls back to earth

When German e-commerce investor Rocket Internet launched Jumia in 2012 as a would-be African Amazon, it was optimistic that a rapidly expanding middle class would quickly shift from street markets to shopping online.

TECH 03 Aug 2015 | 9:00 AM

Nigeria tech enclave springs up in Lagos suburb

At first glance, Yaba is like many other parts of Nigeria's sprawling commercial capital: a cacophony of car horns and shouting street vendors, mingling with exhaust fumes and the occasional stench of sewage.

TECH 13 Feb 2015 | 11:23 AM

Browse, click, pay: African retail finds growing outlet online

The growth of Africa's middle class has created demand for products that conventional retail struggles to satisfy due to a shortage of malls and grinding traffic. Giants such as Amazon and Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba are out of reach for most consumers. Enter companies who tailor their service to African markets.