From Michael Jackson to Ghana's elite, Nicky Wilson's networks stretch far and wide
The mysterious and influential Togolese businessman Nicky Wilson is close to all of Ghana's decision-makers and knows numerous African presidents.
Italy's Teleconsult, a service provider for the Congolese telecoms and pay-TV sector and, more discreetly, for the country's security services, has taken legal action against the French businessman François Gontier for breach of contract.
Despite a highly critical report from the Ghanaian parliament, businessman François Gontier has succeeded in winning a $22m contract for infra-red binoculars from the Ghanaian armed forces. At the same time, however, he needs to respond to several summonses from the French judiciary.
France's MagForce International and Marck groups, which have been the leading suppliers of equipment to West and Central African armies over the last two decades, are marking time as they battle with various forms of legal action.
Faced with a certain apathy on the part of regular client Qatar, Franco-Israeli businessman Philippe Hababou Solomon, who has close relations with several African leaders, has decided to look for business further east in future, starting with Indonesia.