Category Archives: African travels

Comments from the road

Last mile delivery

With the continued development of the Standard Gauge Railway, East Africa can look forward to big changes in the way goods are imported and exported, and indeed delivered to customers. My understanding is that two container trains per day will … Continue reading

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Brand Obama

How is the health of this visiting Presidential brand? All eyes in East Africa are upon Kenya this week, as the most powerful man on the planet comes to call. There’s something for everyone. Car buffs are ogling pics of … Continue reading

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Becoming a consumer society

Indulge me if you will. This article is about Kenya. It reaches out for the human reality behind the cold logic of economics. As such I hope it is of interest to my friends in the wider East African region. … Continue reading

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Taking flight?

Brand activity in East Africa’s airspace It’s a matter of record that airline brands struggle with differentiation and relevance. It’s a hard industry: highly operational. Beset by external challenges as diverse as fuel pricing, volcanic dust, and terrorism. Sometimes slowed … Continue reading

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Air Uganda grounded through no fault of its own

Most of us regular regional air travellers welcomed the creation of Air Uganda in 2007. As part of its mission to stimulate young economies, the Aga Khan Network for Economic Development created the airline. Aviation is one of the five … Continue reading

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On safari

Observations on three brands I’ve been on my travels in the past week. And as usual I had my eyes open for what brands promise, and what they actually deliver. I flew on SN Brussels, which we all used to … Continue reading

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Kenyan initiative knows no bounds

I never fail to be amazed by the ingenuity of the people who surround me here. In this photo, courtesy of The Star newspaper, a local entrepreneur has decided to make the most of his 3 wheel petrol tuk tuk … Continue reading

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Nigeria needs cows … no bull!

Nigeria seeks to beef up farming industry – Financial Times   By Xan Rice in Shonga A country as big as Nigeria is, it possesses no traditional African wealth in dairy and beef cattle.

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Open skies at last over Africa?

Emirates targets KQ with Africa’s low-fare plan By DAVID HERBLING Source: Business Daily – Kenya Emirates Airlines is planning partnerships with Africa-focused low-cost carriers in a move that will deepen its rivalry with Kenya Airways and boost the firm’s footprint … Continue reading

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A short history of Africa

A short history of Africa over the past decade told through Economist cover pages. From ‘Hopeless’ to ‘Rising’. Which is what we knew all along, right?

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