Britam Holdings CEO Tavaziva Madzinga quits after 10 months at the helm

KENYA – Insurance Group Britam Holdings has announced the planned exit of its managing director, Tavaziva Madzinga, after just 10 months in office in its latest executive shake-up. Mr. Madzinga will officially leave Britam in April 2022, giving the company enough time to find his replacement. The announcement comes barely 10 months after he joined the company on 1st February 2021 following the retirement of Benson Wairegi who had served in the company for more than four decades. The insurer has also announced the appointment of Charles Njuguna as the deputy managing…

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Co-operative Bank gets US$56m from EIB for SME lending

KENYA – Co-operative Bank has received KSh6.3 billion (US$56 million) from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for onward lending to small businesses to help them recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Co-operative Bank Chief Executive Officer Gideon Muriuki said micro, small and medium-sized (MSME) firms with up to 250 workers can apply for the loan. The long-term loan will be repayable in seven years and will assist MSMEs to fund the acquisition of tangible business assets, working capital, development of distribution networks innovation and business research. Mr. Muriuki…

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Fintech Flutterwave acquires digital online platform Disha to grow its base

NIGERIA – Flutterwave, a fintech company, has acquired digital online platform Disha, that enables digital creators to curate, sell digital content, portfolios and receive payments from their audience worldwide. Flutterwave’s acquisition aims to improve the process of digital content creation for Disha users, enabling them to earn value for their creativity using the platform’s new payouts and collections solution. Disha has acquired over 20,000 users organically over 12 months. The acquisition will help grow its base by providing users with the ability to make, receive and withdraw money from their…

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DriveWealth partners Chipper Cash to enable affordable access to investing

UGANDA – DriveWealth, LLC, a provider fractional investing and embedded finance, has announced a partnership with Chipper Cash, a fintech startup enabling peer-to-peer money transfers and cross-border payments for nearly four million users. DriveWealth’s real-time fractional trading technology and API-based brokerage infrastructure will enable the Ugandan population to gain affordable access to investing in U.S. equities for the first time. Approximately 66% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population did not have access to a bank account in 2020, according to the World Bank. Through its partnership with DriveWealth, Chipper Cash is empowering…

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Fintech firm Crossfin set to be acquired by consortium of investors for US$94m

SOUTH AFRICA – Crossfin Technology Holdings, a fintech investment firm, has been acquired by a consortium of investors, including Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital (ARC), for R1.5 billion (US$ 94.71m). The consortium is led by Ethos’s Mid-Market Fund I and includes the founding Crossfin executive management team, EMMF I co-investors Ethos Artificial Intelligence Fund I, and empowerment investor ARC. Fairview Partners acted as financial advisors for the transaction, which will see the exit of founding investors Capital Eye Investments and the Multiply Group. “The transaction is considered a landmark deal…

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Ecobank Group secures US$112m credit facility from EIB to support SMEs

AFRICA – Ecobank Group, the pan-African banking group, has signed an agreement for a €100 million (US$112.22m) long-term credit facility over 9 years with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the recovery of African SMEs from the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility is split into three regional facilities: West & Central Africa, Eastern Africa, and Southern Africa. Funding will be provided through Ecobank affiliates, for investment projects undertaken by private sector companies. The EIB made the facility available through its COVID-19 Rapid Response Facility, for private sector entities active in…

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Fintech ImaliPay partners with Cellulant to drive gig workers’ financial inclusion

KENYA – ImaliPay, the one-stop financial platform for Africa’s gig workers, has partnered with pan-African payments company Cellulant for its payments infrastructure and solutions in Kenya and Nigeria. The ease of making and receiving payments for freelancers will be greatly improved through this partnership and will change the way gig workers experience making payments and the partnership will further drive financial inclusion by allowing ImaliPay users to access financial services quicker through Cellulant’s payment rails. Sanmi Akinmusire, Co-founder and COO of ImaliPay said that: “Most of the financial services provided today…

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Fintech startup Asilimia raises US$2m funding to expand its footprint

KENYA – Asilimia, a Kenyan-based fintech startup that is building the digital infrastructure to connect African MSMEs to the formal financial economy, has secured US$2 million to grow its team, deliver new services and expand into new markets in East Africa. The startup raised US$1 million in pre-seed funding from a wide range of investors, including two-time unicorn founder, Fredrik Jung Abbou (co-founder of Kry and Lendo), Norrsken Impact Accelerator, and other prominent founders from across Europe. It also raised US$1 million in a debt round that included Bpifrance and…

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FinTech company Busha raises US$4m to deepen its market position

NIGERIA – Busha, a Nigeria-based digital platform that helps people buy, sell and store cryptocurrency, has raised seed funding of US$4.2 million in a round led by Jump Capital. Cadenza Ventures, Blockwall Capital, CMT Digital, Greenhouse Capital, Raba Capital, and other investors also participated in the financing round. According to the company, the new funding will go towards deepening its market positioning in Nigeria, the leading crypto economy in Africa where all of its users are based. Founded in 2018 by CEO Michael Adeyeri and Chief Product Officer (CPO) Moyo…

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MyBank, Mastercard and Network International launch new debit card to elevate e-commerce in Somalia

SOMALIA – As part of continued efforts to expand access to the digital economy and drive financial inclusion in Somalia, MyBank, Mastercard and Network International have partnered to launch a new Mastercard debit card that seamlessly enables online shopping in Somalia.   The new physical card is a first for MyBank in the country and will enable consumers to transact in-store at various points of sale and at ATMs, while also giving them the ability to make online purchases through e-commerce channels. These services will also benefit underserved sectors in Somalia,…

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