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Issue 28
Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2019

Hi there,

The Decode Fintech Podcast is finally here!!! ✨💥🎉

The Podcast is a monthly deep dive into how some of the most interesting teams are solving the biggest challenges in African fintech. We're launching with 3 packed episodes:

Episode 1: How GTB 737 became one of Nigeria's largest USSD brands

Episode 2: Paga's 10 year journey to mobile wallet dominance

Episode 3: The story of American Express' entry into Nigeria

Major shout-out to my colleague Khadijah Abu, who is the host of the podcast!

Bolaji + Simi
Product Specialists, Paystack
Payments
GhanaVerve partners with GhIPSS to launch Verve cards in Ghana. Verve International, an African payment technology and card business, has partnered with the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) to launch in Ghana. This launch extends Verve card availability to a total of 22 Africa countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Gabon, and Gambia. Tech Nova
EDITOR'S NOTE

For those who might not know Verve International, it's a payment card brand owned by Interswitch Group, which is headquartered in Lagos.
AfricaAirtel Africa and Ecobank partner to extend financial services offering across Africa. The partnership — which is subject to regulatory approval in each market — allows Airtel Money customers make online deposits and withdrawals through Ecobank’s digital financial services ecosystem. Additionally, Ecobank will be able to sponsor Airtel Money to issue both virtual and physical debit and pre-paid cards to Airtel Money customers. IT News Africa
EDITOR'S NOTE

This bit about Ecobank issuing Airtel Money Money debit cards is fascinating, considering how fiercely telcos and banks compete withe each other in certain markets. Has anyone seen anything like this before? Are there any other examples of bank-issued debit cards for mobile money? Please send any references my way.
AfricaAirtel Africa and Finablr announce global partnership to facilitate inward and outbound cross-border payments. The partnership will allow customers to leverage Finablr's global network to send money from over 100 countries into Airtel Money mobile wallets across Africa. Additionally, Airtel Africa will leverage Finablr's technology capabilities to develop and deploy digital solutions, enabling African expatriates to settle payments into Airtel Money wallets. Proshare
ZimbabweSenditoo partners with Banc ABC to launch digital money transfer service in Zimbabwe. Senditoo is a service that allows migrants to send instant mobile phone credit to over 140 countries across the world. The company has now signed a partnership with Banc ABC Zimbabwe that will allow customers perform cash pick-ups in all Banc ABC branches across Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Situation
TanzaniaNMB Bank Plc partners with Mastercard to allow digital payments for commercial motorcycles. National Microfinance Bank Plc has partnered with Mastercard to provide commercial motorcycle riders (boda-boda riders) with a digital payment solution in Tanzania. The cashless mobile technology, via Masterpass QR, allows riders receive payments from customers directly into their NMB bank accounts. Ventures Africa
GlobalAmex, Discover, Mastercard , and Visa Implement Click to Pay payment platform. American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa have announced the arrival of faster, more secure online checkout based on the new EMV Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) industry standard. The networks have tested the SRC technology in the market with issuers and merchants. Fintech Africa
GlobalWeChat Pay rolls out feature that allows funds transfer between smartphones. Tencent’s WeChat Pay is launching a new payment feature that lets people transfer funds using a mobile phone number. WeChat users can unlock the new feature from the messaging app and transfer money to the receiver’s WeChat wallet by entering a phone number. PYMNTS
Conversations
TwitterOsarumen Osamuy (@skweird) - founder of The Subtext (@thesubtxt) - has partnered with early stage fintech investor DFS Lab (@TheDFSLab) to launch Sufficient Balance, a new 5-part newsletter series about the opportunities in African fintech. Osarumen shares why in this Twitter thread.
Banking & Finance
NigeriaNigeria's Access Bank to acquire Kenyan bank seven months after merger with Diamond Bank. Financial services provider, Access Bank is set to acquire Transnational Bank Limited, a Kenya-based lender, after getting approval from the relevant authority in the East African nation. The acquisition will see Access Bank takeover 93.57% of Transnational Bank Limited. Nairametrics
Regulation
NigeriaNigeria's Central Bank Governor advises banks to engage telcos who can provide USSD service at low cost. The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, has advised Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to engage telecommunications firms who can provide USSD services at the lowest practical cost. Responding to recent events that have led to the proposed USSD charges by telcos, the CBN Governor assured Nigerians that as a banking regulator it would ensure that financial services will not create additional burden on citizens. Proshare
Fundraising
KenyaKenya’s BitPesa announces rebrand, secures $15m in debt finance. Nairobi-based fintech BitPesa has rebranded to become AZA Group and secured $15 million in debt financing from Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). AZA Group is now the parent company of brands BitPesa, TransferZero, and BFX. Ventureburn
GlobalUAE's Mubadala to invest $250 million in technology in Middle East, North Africa. Abu Dhabi’s state fund Mubadala Investment Company plans to invest $250 million through two funds in technology firms in the Middle East and North Africa. The latest investments include a $150 million fund that will invest in other technology funds and $100 million targeted directly at early-stage companies, Ibrahim Ajami, head of Ventures at Mubadala Capital said. Reuters
South AfricaSA insurtech startup DentX raises $68,000 angel funding. South African startup DentX has raised ZAR1 million (US$68,000) in angel funding to introduce a new vehicle repair pricing platform that changes the way vehicle owners and insurance partners source quotes for repairs. DentX helps users fix their cars at competitive rates. Disrupt Africa
Events
Nigerian Fintech Week 2019
October 28 - November 1, Lagos
Fintech World Forum
November 18 - 19, London
Jobs
SafeBoda
VP of GrowthNew
Nairobi, Kenya
Category Growth ManagerNew
Nairobi, Kenya
Back-End EngineerNew
Kampala, Uganda
Affinity
Fidelity Bank Ghana
Head Agency BankingNew
Accra, Ghana
BitPesa
Account ManagerNew
Lagos, Nigeria
Engineering - Ruby
Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Engineer
Nairobi, Kenya
Carbon (formerly Paylater)
Peach Payments
Frontend Web Developer (Remote)
Cape Town, South Africa
Senior Software Engineer
Cape Town, South Africa
Operations Specialist
Cape Town, South Africa
Facebook
Client Partner
Johannesburg, South Africa
Visa
Marketing Manager
Lagos, Nigeria
Solutions Delivery Manager
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cellulant
Android Developer
Nairobi, Kenya
Yoco
Inbound Sales Consultant
Cape Town, South Africa
BI Engineer
Cape Town, South Africa
Senior Paid Media Manager
Cape Town, South Africa
Branch International
Operations Director
Lagos, Nigeria
Compliance Manager
Lagos, Nigeria
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