December 5, 2022
Uncategorized

Nigeria's ranking on NFTs, Asilimia's $2m funding, OnePipe's $3.5m seed – Techpoint Africa

  • November 26, 2021
  • 4 min read
Nigeria's ranking on NFTs, Asilimia's $2m funding, OnePipe's $3.5m seed – Techpoint Africa

by | Nov 25, 2021
This post is a delayed version of Techpoint Digest, a week-daily newsletter that rounds up major happenings in African tech. You can start receiving it hours before everyone else if you subscribe now
Share this article:
Hi there,
Today, I’m discussing:
A new report by Finders.com shows that 13.7% of Nigerian Internet users own non-fungible tokens (NFTs). This is just above the global average of 11.7%. 
The report was based on a survey conducted on 1,205 Nigerian Internet users.

Advertisement

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1622540237923-0’); });

Interestingly, Nigeria is the sixth country with the highest rate of NFT adoption out of the 20 countries surveyed. The top five countries were the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. 
Surprisingly, the US, UK, and Japan, were the bottom three. The survey also went on to estimate that Nigeria’s NFT ownership rate could  reach 35% as  21.7% of the surveyed Internet users, plan to own NFTs. 
Hold on a minute. Can 1,205 Internet users out of 101.72 million tell the true story about NFTs in Nigeria? 
However, if we consider the fact that Nigeria also ranked sixth in the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index by Chainalysis maybe Finders.com’s report isn’t too far fetched. 
What do you think? Are Nigerians really that big on NFTs? Hit reply and let’s know what you think.
African fintech startup, Asilimia, has raised $2 million to help African Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), digitise their operations and connect them to the formal financial economy. The funding comprises a $1 million pre-seed and $1 million in debt financing.
 The round saw investment from serial entrepreneur, Fredrik Jung Abbou, Co-founder of two unicorns — Kry, a telemedicine startup and fintech startup, Lendo. Other investors include Norrsken Impact Accelerator, Bpifrance and GreenTec Capital Partners
How does Asilimia work? The startup helps MSMEs digitise and formalise their operations — payments, revenue collection, and accounting — with its digital platform while providing them with credit facilities. 

Advertisement

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1622575703072-0’); });

Founded by Tekwane Mwendwa and Morgane Kablan, it helps business owners track expenses, payments, and get financial insights on their mobile phones.
While Asilimia’s mission could formalise MSMEs on the continent, in sub-Saharan Africa, only 45% were subscribed to mobile services by the end of 2019 according to the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA). That number, however, is expected to reach 50% by 2025. 
The startup plans to grow its team and expand into more East African markets with the funding. 
Nigerian fintech API, OnePipe, has closed a $3.5 million seed, co-led by  Atlantica Ventures, Tribe Capital and V&R Associates. Other investors include Techstars, Ingressive Capital and Canaan Partners. 
OnePipe CEO and Founder, Ope Adeoye, told TechCrunch, that the startup offers embedded banking or banking as a service, “meaning, we make it possible for non-financial institutions, or businesses in general, to offer banking services to their customers.”
A little back story: Adeoye was a Senior Software Engineer at Interswitch before moving to Zain Nigeria. 
Interestingly, he moved back to Interswitch to lead the creation of Quickteller. After eleven years at Interswitch, Adeoye built OnePipe in November 2018 to create seamless partnerships between fintechs and banks.
With this new funding, the startup has plans to expand into other African countries through a partnership with Sendy, a logistics and freight company. 
Want to know more about OnePipe? Read here: With $950k pre-seed, OnePipe is building a super aggregator for every financial service API in Nigeria
He’s a geek, a sucker for Blockchain and an all-round tech lover.
Share this article:
Looking to transition into tech? Learn how to code in 1 year with AltSchool Africa. Earn a diploma in software engineering at $0. Apply Here.
Today on #TechpointDigest, @nwokomachigo brings you the scoop on @mreazi, @thepeerHQ’s solution for businesses, and @getBusha’s seed round
Today on #TechpointDigest, @eruskkii discusses Nigerian agencies and their fight against predatory digital lenders, Treepz’ Kenya expansion, and Abeg’s massive growth and intrigues.
Today on #TechpointDigest, @OnomeOneyibo discusses @techpointdotng’s chat with
@mreazi, @Spotify’s latest African expansion, and cryptocurrency clampdown in Nigeria
Today on #TechpointDigest, @BoluAbiodun1 discusses the Kredi Money story, @OzowPay’s $48m Series B, and @bitmamaexchange’s Credits programme.
Today on #TechpointDigest, @nwokomachigo is discussing #TechpointBuild 2021, meme coins, @Shuttlersng’s seed funding, and @DrugStocNg’s Series A
by | Nov 25, 2021
by | Nov 23, 2021
by | Nov 23, 2021
by | Nov 16, 2021
by | Nov 16, 2021
by | Nov 10, 2021
by | Oct 26, 2021
by | Oct 21, 2021

Get it directly in your inbox!

Get it directly in your inbox!

Get it directly in your inbox!

Get it directly in your inbox!

source

About Author

redex

Red ExplorerNG is an online platform showcasing the richness of African culture. It provides online information that is not only limited to the following categories: Culture, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Business, Sports, Books, News, and Opinions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.