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- President Ruto’s relentless efforts to boost Kenya’s agricultural productivity
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- Olugbenga Agboola, co-founder and CEO of Africa’s largest fintech company, Flutterwae fintech, purchased a Miami beach house valued at $7.1 million.
- Flutterwave’s raised $250 million in February 2022 at a valuation of $3 billion making it one of the few unicorns in Africa.
- The fintech has faced legal and regulatory hurdles in Kenya including the freezing of $40m held by Flutterwave on money laundering allegations.
Olugbenga Agboola, co-founder and CEO of Africa’s largest fintech company, Flutterwae fintech, purchased a Miami beach house valued at $7.1 million. This purchase raises various questions after the Nigerian fintech company was allegedly hacked resulting in a $4.2 million loss.
Business Insider Africa reported tha Agboola had purchased a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house in Miami beach. According to official records, the property was previously owned by the Boschetii Group, a real estate development firm. They purchased the plots for $1.2 million in 2021 and built …
Online payment solutions are immensely beneficial for their users, both customers and merchants alike. Online payments help reach global customers, reduce the cost of transactions and provide payment security (compared to cash payments). They create a more pleasant experience for the users who need not rush to banks and malls to buy or pay for their needs.
Pan-African fintech giant Flutterwave has kept its promise about Google Pay, as users of the global payment service can now use it for transactions with merchants on Flutterwave’s stores.
Google Pay was designed to enable users’ safe, seamless, contactless payments. It uses near-field communication (NFC) technology to facilitate fund transfers for retailers in physical stores. Users can also save their card details into the Google Wallet service and make online or in-app payments.…
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has accorded a Switching and Processing License to Flutterwave, an African payments technology business. This is widely regarded as the CBN’s most significant payment processing licence.
Flutterwave can provide customers with transaction switching and card processing services with this licence. Other benefits include non-bank acquisition, agency banking, and payment gateways.
- The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has accorded a Switching and Processing License to Flutterwave, an African payments technology business.
- Flutterwave can provide customers with transaction switching and card processing services with this licence.
- Flutterwave is permitted to facilitate transactions between banks, fintechs, and other financial institutions thanks to the Switching and Processing licence
- Additionally, the company can handle card transactions, participate in agency banking, and provide payment services directly to customers
Flutterwave is permitted to facilitate transactions between banks, fintechs, and other financial institutions thanks to the Switching and Processing licence.
The regulator noted that the two companies were not licensed to operate in Kenya, so they should not provide remittance or payment services to buyers and sellers
On July 7, the High Court froze more than US$50 million in 62 bank accounts belonging to Flutterwave and four Kenyans
It was suspected that the millions were proceeds of fraud and money laundering
Chipper Cash was founded in 2018 by Ham Serunjogi and Maijid Moujaled. Serunjogi is a Ugandan, while Maijid is a Ghanaian
“Flutter wave is not licensed to operate remittance provider
Court documents show that Flutterwave Payments Technology ltd is owned by Nigerians Olugbenga Agboola, Adeleke Christopher, Iynoluwa Samuel, and Flutterwave Inc, which is registered in the United States and has an office at 1323 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco.
David Mouko Elizaphan Omaanya, a Kenyan, is also a director, but he doesn’t own any shares. Olugbenga Agboola and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji started the Nigerian company in 2018.
The court heard that between November 2020 and this year, Flutterwave put Sh12.4 billion into a single account at Equity Bank. This shows how much money the start-up was able to handle.
Later, the money from the Equity account was sent to Rem X Ltd, which Nehikhare Eghosasere and Demuren Olufemi Olukunmi own.…
- The firm’s CEO Olugbenga Agboola has now come forward to address claims levelled against him in an email to employees
- This is the first time the CEO has spoken in regards to the claims reported by West Africa Weekly, a Substack newsletter written by journalist David Hundeyin
- The report highlighted several allegations against the startup and Agboola including fraud and perjury to insider trading as well as sexual harassment
Over the past two weeks, Nigerian fintech startup Flutterwave has been under fire after the firm’s Chief Executive Officer was accused of allegedly committing fraud, perjury to insider trading and sexual harassment.
The firm’s CEO Olugbenga Agboola has now come forward to address these claims levelled against him.
In an email to employees, Agboola termed the allegations as false, condemning the impact these claims had had on the firm.
“I’m writing today because I want you to know how concerned I …
The application for this programme went live on March 8 and will be processed on a rolling basis until the deadline on May 1, 2022, at 11:59 GMT.
The rigorous and immersive Investor accelerator programme will launch in June 2022, running for 20 weeks until late October.
Participants in this programme will be taught actively, with multiple live sessions every week, occurring on evenings and weekends to engage them. Investor accelerator guarantees over 800 hours of content, distributed across strategic block-based learning and complemented by a team of panels with leading industry professionals like GPs and Executives in many Venture Capital firms actively investing in or based out of Africa markets.…
In the latest fundraising led by B Capital Group, Flutterwave raised US$250 million, with participation from Alta Park Capital LP, Whale Rock Capital and Lux Capital.
Flutterwave said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. “The investment has enabled the company to become the highest valued African startup,” a Flutterwave email read.
Flutterwave has processed transactions worth more than US$16 million in over 50 million transactions across dozens of countries in Africa, facilitating cross-border transactions in multiple currencies for companies, including Uber Technologies Inc., Booking.com and Alibaba’s Alipay. It has evolved beyond payments products to an online marketplace and a lending channel to small and medium businesses.
With operations from the Nigerian commercial hub of Lagos to Nairobi, Kenya, the San Francisco-based company will continue to grow in East Africa. According to Flutterwave’s software engineer, the company also plans to expand its Francophone African nations such as Senegal and Cameroon.…
PAGA, a payment processing company in Nigeria (similar to PAYPAL) started by Tayo Oviosu in 2009 is on track to potentially be the next unicorn as it processed $2.3 billion worth of transactions in 2020 and $8 billion during the past four years. The company is now expanding into Ethiopia and Mexico as part of its global growth plan.
Another future unicorn is CNG TRANSFER founded during the pandemic by Emmanuel Tochi and Vincent Omulo, a Nigerian and Kenyan, respectively. The startup’s flagship product is www.Transfy.io – a cross border intra-African money transfer platform built on blockchain enabling Africans to transparently move money from one country to another at no cost. Within a year of launch, they have already processed 100 million of Kenyan Shillings in Kenya alone while operational in Nigeria, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Rwanda and Ghana.…
I ended my May 2021 essay with the hypothesis “…leading fintechs might turn around and start acquiring the banks” and, sure enough, on the 12th of May 2021, the Competition Authority of Kenya in a gazette notice approved the acquisition of 84.89% stake in Century Microfinance Bank by Branch International Limited – a leading global fintech with operations in Kenya. One of the signs of a maturing ecosystem is home grown ventures mature into unicorns, gazelles and zebras, increased mergers and acquisitions and the entry of global tech giants hungry for a piece of the action – the subject of this essay. So, whilst the Branch acquisition was unexpected, it was unsurprising when Twitter announced on 14th April 2021 that they are setting up their Africa HQ in Ghana. On the very same day Amazon announced an investment of …