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Africa Communications Group acquired by Marco


2017 Tutu Fellow Mimi Kalinda says that her company, Africa Communications Group, has been acquired by Marco.  The sale to Marco, which purchased a 51% stake, happened in November 2021.  Mimi is delighted with Marco’s investment in ACG, as it means the company she began can expand across other continents and make a bigger contribution to the growth of African economy.

She says ACG is the first African-owned, pan-African communications and strategic reputation management firm handling communication solutions for global clients across the entire continent. It is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with additional offices in Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Nairobi, Kenya.  It also has long-standing partners in Kigali, Rwanda; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Lagos, Nigeria.  There are also additional affiliated offices in 40+ additional countries across the African continent.

Mimi said about new partnership: “Uniting both MARCO and ACG, we are now in a position to implement communication support to both sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb region. In addition, MARCO has a global outreach through its additional 16 offices worldwide and its affiliated presence in 100 markets outside of Africa. ACG being part of the MARCO family translates into real opportunities for our clients to not only build their reputations and brands in Africa but also well beyond the continent’s frontiers”.

Apart from being the Co-Founder and CEO of ACG, Mimi Kalinda has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including Re-branding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0 and being a finalist for the International African Woman of the Year Award at the Women4Africa Awards 2016. She was featured in 2018 as a Forbes Afrique Top 40 Under 40 leader in the communications industry and a finalist of the Standard Bank Top Women Awards in 2019.  She sits on the Africa Brand Council and her first book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017.

You can read about the acquisition at her site.

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