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Download our Special Report for the West African Property Investment Summit 2017

As proud Research Partners of WAPI 2017, we have provided small snapshots from the ei Database with interesting facts related to a few of the panel discussions and breakout sessions as well as our latest thinking on market trends. At estate intel, we enjoy using data-driven analysis to support African real estate investors and advisors […]


African hotel brand, ONOMO Hotels, receives €46 million investment from UK DFI

CDC Group, the wholly UK government-owned Development Finance Institution, announced its EUR46 million investment in ONOMO Hotels. The investment is expected to be channeled into ONOMO’s development pipeline of more than 20 hotels across Africa in the next five years.  This completes the group’s €106 million equity fundraising efforts, including CIC Capital and Batipart, who remain […]


Marriott’s announcements at the African Hotel Investment Forum 2017

Marriott announced seven new hotel deal signings at the African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2017, which held October 10 – 12 in Kigali, Rwanda.  The global hotel company currently operates in 20 African countries, a penetration that was particularly driven by its acquisition of Protea Hotels in 2014.  Its pipeline earlier in the year stood […]


East African Asset Manager Receives Kenya’s 3rd REIT License

Kenya’s capital market regulator has granted the asset management subsidiary of Britam Holdings Plc (Britam) a license that enables them operate a Real Estate Investment Trust. Britam is a diversified financial services group with operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Mozambique and Malawi. The group has interests in the insurance, asset management and property […]


TIA Africa Investment Report 2017

This is Africa (TIA) published their annual Africa Investment Report earlier this month and their rulings point to the current state of flux and uncertainty that many African climes are currently characterised by. According to their findings, China has surpassed the US in terms of the amount of capital being poured into Africa as the […]


#API2017: Developing Africa’s New Reality

The 2017 edition of African Property Investment Summit was held in the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 24th and 25th of August 2017. It was an interesting assembly of 550+ delegates and speakers well represented across the property sectors from Africa and key global cities. Aside the negative effects the fall in […]


2017 African Hotel Valuation Index

HVS, a global hospitality consulting and services firm, launched the fourth edition of its African Hotel Valuation Index (HVI) during the recent THINC Africa event.  The HVI is key in assisting investors in making investment decisions and promoting hotel development in Africa. In the HVI report, HVS acknowledges Africa’s bad reputation, citing the insecurity, poverty, health crises, challenges […]


Africa Logistics Properties signs off Kenya’s largest ever warehousing lease with regional freight leader

Africa Logistics Properties (ALP) has announced the signing of Kenya’s largest ever warehousing lease, with Freight Forwarders Solutions Ltd (FFS), the contract logistics arm of leading regional logistics group Freight Forwarders Kenya (FFK). This deal, which points to the latent demand within the East African logistics sector, involves a 10-year lease for the entire first […]


THINC Africa 2017 – Day Two

The second day of THINC Africa commenced with a discussion of the global hotel market context, presented by Stephen Rushmore Jr (CEO, HVS). Key takeaways from this session were that hotel investors, lenders, and management companies have become more sophisticated in their investing, thus reducing the volatility of previous periods.  Hotels have also become less […]


Acorn Investments & Helios Portfolio Company Plan Nairobi Student Housing Project

Acorn Investments and Helios Investors III LP (via Accord Holdco) are planning on developing approximately 3,800 units of youth rental housing primarily in Nairobi, Kenya in a new 50:50 joint venture called Acorn Holdings Limited (Acorn). Acorn will be constructing properties at several sites in and around Nairobi, close to university campuses, where the initial […]


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