Our Business

Business Overview


“By listening, understanding, not necessarily agreeing all the times; I mean at the end of the day we may have different opinions, respecting these differences but actually drawing insight and wisdom from it.”
N´Gunu Tiny

Emerald Group Business Overview


The Emerald Group is focused in identifying new investment opportunities in emerging market countries. Its primary focus is on Africa, as the Emerald Group has a number of strategic advantages in this region.

The Emerald Group’s Board of Directors combines more than 100 years of experience conducting business specifically in Africa. This unique mix of in-depth understanding and awareness of the social, political, economic and historic aspects of Africa give the Emerald Group significant competitive advantages.

Emerald Group’s team of highly experienced and adept financial, investment and technical experts are able to identify opportunities specific to each African country. They also excel at accessing relevant decision makers in Africa, thanks to longstanding relationships and business partnerships with industry leaders and C-Suite members of public and private companies.

Our Business

Investment Strategy



About Emerald Group’s Business Investment Strategy 

The Emerald Group’s principle strategy encompasses regional and sector expertise. Strong partnerships and business relationships allow Emerald Group to identify key investment strategy and business opportunities in its target market.

Africa remains the focus for business opportunities, and the Emerald Group is able to leverage its vast experience in this continent. When opportunities have been identified, Emerald Group design and implement bespoke, fully executable and scalable strategies.


The Emerald Group combines experience, expertise and vision

The Emerald Group’s combined investment, management and risk analysis experience and capacity allow effective execution of projects. As the team has strong personal and professional relationships with key business leaders in Africa, this gives the Emerald Group a unique competitive advantage.

Part of the Emerald Group’s strategy to entry into projects in Africa and emerging markets can be summed up as follows:

  • Utilising experience and understanding of the differences between African countries and dispelling the perception that Africa is one homogenous entity.
  • Leveraging partnerships and business relationships with specialised advisors.
  • Promoting inclusive business growth.
  • Establishing relationships with local companies in Africa.
  • Designing regional and sub-regional strategies.
  • Navigation of legislative landscape and adherence to all regulatory laws.
  • Good business governance with strong ethics at all times.


This comprehensive, multi-dimensional view of the vast potential of Africa means the Emerald Group is strategically equipped to make the kind of investments that will build a diversified and dynamic portfolio.

Our Business

Representative Investments

“New ideas bring value. And that’s what really makes the world go around.”
N´Gunu Tiny

With our comprehensive, multi-dimensional view of Africa’s potential, new projects in various sectors are omnipresent. The Emerald Group is strategically and financially equipped to make new investments in an effort to build a diversified and dynamic portfolio. Here is the list of the representative investments.


HBK Emerald Investment is a strategic partnership between The Department of Projects HBK, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan and The Emerald Group, chaired by Mr. N’Gunu Tiny. The Joint Venture’s objective is to initiate, structure finance, develop, operate and manage projects that are the backbone of dynamic social and economic developments in Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. Such projects range from Energy (Oil & Gas, Mining and Power Plant) to Infrastructure (Roads, Bridges and Ports) and Finance (from banking to block chain solutions). HBK Emerald Investment is headquartered in Dubai, UAE.


BANKO Financial Group aims to connect people and businesses in Africa, by building a unique and inclusive ecosystem, with a focus on closing the perception gap through market knowledge, experience and inclusiveness. With vast experience within the financial services industry and a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to operate in Africa, BANKO Financial Group will provide inclusive, innovative and unparalleled services to people at all levels of society, with the aim to positively contribute to the socio-economic development of host communities, while continuously increasing shareholder value and yielding favourable returns. The BANKO Financial Group headquarters are established in London, whilst its financial services will be operational across multiple regions in Africa.


Emerald Resources founded Nino Oil & Gas in 2014, an independent E&P company that exclusively focuses on oil and gas opportunities in Angola. Nino’s chief objective is to acquire and develop a balanced portfolio of non-operating interests in producing, proven, or highly prospective oil assets across Angola.



Makeba is a revolutionary, mobile-based financial services provider that combines a mobile wallet with international money transfers for individuals, as well as merchant point of sale solutions. The mobile platform will host a suite of mobile applications to facilitate a comprehensive variety of financial services to meet the needs of its users, whilst ensuring high industry standards in transaction speed, convenience and security. Makeba aims to deliver sustainable value to individuals and businesses alike, by addressing the economically active yet unbanked population, and enabling low cost, flexible solutions in comparison to traditional methods. Its initial phase focuses on the African populace and the African diaspora within USA and Europe with intent to expand globally.



Optimal Investments is one of Portugal’s leading investment banking boutiques. The firm, which specialises in corporate finance and investment advice, formed in 2018 to offer a broad spectrum of bespoke services including; corporate finance, project & structured finance, and services in equity & debt capital markets. Led by an alliance of seasoned professionals, Optimal leverages its extensive investments experience, coupled with deep industry relationships and entrepreneurial flair, to earn its vast track record as an advisor in some of the most noted cross-border transactions. The client centric firm has a strong international presence and is fully owned by its partners, ensuring complete alignment of interests with clients.



Optime Investments is an alternative asset management and investment firm, established in Portugal, with a mission to preserve and deliver sustainable capital growth to its clients. With over 75 years of experience grounded in private equity and alternative asset management, the firm’s main areas of expertise are in private equity, real estate and non-performing loans. Optime is integrated in an international network of large caps, SMEs and universities, and has the capacity to successfully deliver attractive opportunities across varying market conditions. While Optime Investments’ operations are guided by a set of internal processes, designed to serve clients with diligence and transparency, all its activities are regulated and supervised by the Portuguese Securities Market Commission.


In 2018, a partnership between Fernando Esteves, Conta-Me Histórias and Emerald Group, through the incorporation of Inevitável E Fundamental Lda, birthed an innovative online journalism project, Polígrafo. Polígrafo is a fact-checking website with the sole purpose of verifying the veracity of global news, for the benefit and clarity of its readers. The web-based media outlet comprises of a range of topics from politics and economics, to sports and international news. At Emerald Group, we hold a significant regard for contributing both financial and intangible value; thus, this partnership is a testament of our willingness to create a globally well-informed and perceptive environment.


Emerald Group founded Diaar Property Group in 2013, a privately owned strategic, property development and investment company with international reach.



EMILOR is a Joint Venture between Essilor and the Emerald Group since 2015. Essilor, as a result of more than 160 years of innovation in eye care, is the world leader in corrective lenses, present in more than 100 countries. From design to manufacture, Essilor develops a wide range of lenses to correct and protect the eyesight of everyone in the world, using lenses tailored to their needs and possibilities. Emilor’s objective is to offer quality eye products and eye care services to the Angolan market at an affordable rate.