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October 15, 2020

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Stripe acquires Nigeria’s Paystack for $200M+ to expand into the African continent


“When Stripe announced earlier this year that it had picked up another $600 million in funding, it said one big reason for the funding was to expand its API-based payments services into more geographies. Today the company is coming good on that plan in the form of some M&A. Stripe is acquiring Paystack , a startup out of Lagos, Nigeria that, like Stripe, provides a quick way to integrate payments services into an online or offline transaction by way of an API. (We and others have referred to it in the past as “the Stripe of Africa.”)”

September 9, 2020

On the web

Nigeria Fintech Sparkle Announces Partnership with Visa

Tech in Africa

“Nigeria’s digital banking platform Sparkle partnered with Visa in a collaboration aimed at entrepreneurs, consumers, and SMEs throughout Nigeria. Sparkle is a digital financial services platform supporting Nigerians across the globe. The new partnership will equip Sparkle with greater flexibility and freedom on how in-app payments are made. Users of the Sparkle app can make eCommerce payments through visa virtual cards and visa branded plastic cards attached to their profiles.”

How Bitcoin Met the Real World in Africa


“Four months ago, Abolaji Odunjo made a fundamental change to his business selling mobile phones in a bustling street market in Lagos: He started paying his suppliers in bitcoin. Odunjo sources handsets and accessories from China and the United Arab Emirates. His Chinese suppliers asked to be paid in the cryptocurrency, he said, for speed and convenience. The shift has boosted his profits, as he no longer has to buy dollars using the Nigerian naira or shell out fees to money-transfer firms. It is also one example of how, in Africa, bitcoin – the original and biggest cryptocurrency – is finding the practical use that it has largely failed to elsewhere.”

August 17, 2020

On the web

Leveraging Digital Channels to Deepen Financial Inclusion

This Day Live

“Speaking on the app, the Founder, Samuel Muoto said: “Waya PayChat is a digital payment solution that addresses the issue of unbanked and underbanked, while digitalizing payment solutions in Nigeria.” The app is the new fintech app in Nigeria which combines financial inclusion and social solution. It offers safe and secure transactions for the banked and unbanked. It allows merchants to send and receive money. The app provides an easy way to pay merchants and bills, make transactions through Waya agents while allowing friends and family to socialize through chats, calls, and sharing personal moments.”

July 20, 2020

On the web

TradeDepot adds $10 million to add financial services to its supply chain services for African SMBs


“Nigeria’s e-commerce startup TradeDepot, which connects international brands to small businesses in Africa, has raised $10 million in a new round of funding to expand its business into financial services and credit offerings for retailers. First launched in 2016, TradeDepot has built up a network of 40,000 small businesses in Nigeria and connects them to local distributors of global consumer brands like Nestlé, Unilever, GB Foods and Danone, according to a statement.”

May 15, 2020

On the web

Opera’s OPay still plans Africa expansion on Nigerian super app


“Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay remains committed to building a multi-service super app in Nigeria as the foundation to expand on the continent. OPay also continues to operate ORide for limited passenger service — though the company is shifting the motorcycle ride-hail operation toward logistics businesses. Opera launched the OPay mobile money platform in Lagos in 2018 on the popularity of its internet search engine in Africa. A year later, the Norway-based, Chinese-owned company sent jitters through Nigeria’s startup world when it rallied investors to back OPay with $170 million in VC . The financing haul amounted to nearly one-fifth of all venture funding raised for African startups the previous year.”

December 5, 2019

On the web

Nigeria’s Central Bank, in Bid to Help Nation’s Underbanked, Takes Measure to Boost Payment Firms


“Nigeria’s central bank is planning to issue licenses to more payment providers, aiming to “improve the country’s financial-inclusion rate to 80% by the end of next year from about 60%,” Bloomberg reports . Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele spoke in Abuja last week, promising the new licenses “will help support innovation and competition as all parties work to increase their customer base.” “Nigerians in underserved locations will have access to cost effective payment services, cash-in and cash-out facilities, and savings products,” he said.”

October 10, 2019

On the web

Nigeria Is Finally Turning to Telcos to Drive Financial Inclusion Through Mobile Money

Quartz Africa

“The regulatory caution and conservatism often blamed for holding Nigeria back finally looks set to change with the central bank reversing a longstanding stance on declining to issue mobile money licenses to telecoms operators. In the wake of the central bank’s change in tack, MTN, Nigeria’s largest telecoms operator, with more than 60 million customers, has launched its MoMo Agent mobile money service. And, on the back of a $1.2 billion funding boost last year, Airtel Nigeria, Nigeria’s third largest operator, is expected to follow suit. 9Mobile and Globacom, the country’s two other major operators, have also reportedly been issued licenses to become payment service banks.”

March 11, 2019

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November 14, 2018

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Unimpressive Growth in Mobile Payments

Business Today (Nigeria)

“The CBN data show that 120 million PoS transactions were recorded in H1 2018, representing an increase of 103% y/y. The volume of point-of-sale (PoS) transactions indicates the impact of the CBN’s cashless policy on the economy. Meanwhile, mobile payments amounted to 28 million transactions valued at N495bn (US$1.6bn) in H1 2018. The volume of transactions grew by 14% y/y but accounted for only 4.7% of total electronic transactions (see chart).”

August 28, 2018

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February 26, 2018

On the web

In Nigeria you need cash for everything, the problem is actually getting hold of it


“Anytime Oghenefega Otitifore, an engineer living in Okearo, needs to withdraw cash, she does not bother going to the ATM. In all of Okearo, a suburb just a few kilometers outside Lagos, there are only two ATMs—one is plagued with long queues and the ever present “unable to dispense cash” message on the screens while the other rarely works. Instead, she goes to a shop to withdraw cash. This shop represents a growing brand of businesses that operate as alternatives to ATMs.”

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