14 JULY, 2021
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In today’s edition:
- Ghana Chronicles
- Flutterwave lands Visa and MTN Veteran
- CBN releases guidelines for mobile money services
- Egypt’s Yodawy raises $7.5 million
It’s my last week in Ghana and I’m wrapping up my visits.
Yesterday, after a conversation with a friend from Nigeria about the eCommerce space, I compared the Jumia website for Ghana to that in Nigeria
As always there’s a difference. I noticed they displayed the fact that people can return goods purchased on the homepage. In Ghana, the timeline for this is 15 days while in Nigeria it’s seven days. I wonder why?
I visited Glovo’s Ghana office which occupies a section of the Impact Hub. The Spain-headquartered on-demand delivery platform which is present in 200 cities across the world launched four months ago in Ghana. Currently, there’s a lot of marketing to create more awareness. Glovo is currently hiring in Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Uganda, and Tunisia, a hint of its expansion plans.
Since 2011, when the Wikimedian of the year award — an annual award that honors Wikipedia editors and other contributors to Wikimedia projects — was created, 3 Africans have won it. First “Demmy” from Nigeria in 2012, then Felix Nartey and Sandister Tei from Ghana in 2017 and 2020 respectively.
I met Sandister Tei today at the Hub.
Ben Enwonwu, Ibraham Mahama and Pablo Picasso are all shaking right now. I should auction this painting. I took a stab at painting with a friend and it turned out better than I expected!
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FLUTTERWAVE HIRES EX-VISA AND MTN VETERAN TO LEAD ITS GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
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MOBILE MONEY OPERATORS CAN ISSUE CARDS BUT NOT LOANS OR INSURANCE, CBN SAYS
Nigeria’s apex bank has moved to improve the public’s access to mobile money services in Nigeria.
A new framework
Released on the 9th of July, the Central Bank of Nigeria uploaded its Framework and Guidelines for Mobile Money Services to its website. The 40-page regulatory framework aims to help Nigerians access financial services and products through mobile money.
The new framework pushes forward consumer protection measures as well, compelling operators, in Section 18. (f), to resolve all customer complaints within forty-eight hours.
While the framework provides a list of sanctions against operators that fail to put these measures in place, it neglects to provide details on how consumers will be compensated when a sanction is evoked.
Who is concerned?
The framework regulates the activities of everyone involved in the mobile money ecosystem, from the mobile money operators to banks, telecommunications companies, agents, and consumers.
It also lists permissible and non-permissible activities under its business rules, allowing mobile money operators to create wallets and even issue cards while prohibiting them from issuing insurance or accepting foreign deposits.
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EGYPT’S YODAWY RAISES $7.5 MILLION SERIES B
Egyptian eHealth startup Yodawy has raised a US$7.5 million Series B funding round to help it expand its product offering and enter new markets.
Serving the healthcare ecosystem
Founded in 2018, Yodawy has introduced a benefits management platform for pharmacies that enables the entire healthcare ecosystem to serve a wider customer base, faster.
The platform allows patients to have their medicine and products delivered, insurance companies automate approvals, and pharmacies boost their sales through e-commerce offerings.
Already with over two million users on its platform, Yodawy plans to use the funding to introduce additional offerings for its growing network of benefactors, and expand into new markets.
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