30 JUNE, 2021


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Yesterday, Netflix launched a mobile plan for customers in South Africa. The plan will later roll out across sub-Saharan Africa. The mobile plan costs $3.40 and can only be accessed on a tablet or smartphone.

What do you think? Yay or Nay?

In today’s edition:

  • Ask an Investor
  • Facebook is testing an educational app for Nigerians
  • West Africa’s first digital census
  • Elo Umeh on what it takes to make a successful acquisition
  • Nigeria’s Cowrywise secures licence from the SEC

From Supa Strikas to Startups, Tomi Davies’ approach to Angel Investing

Everytime I’m at the checkout line at Shoprite and I see a copy of Supa Strikas on the magazine shelf, it reminds me of my teenage years. 

Back then I looked forward to every new issue. Whoever owned the latest edition was the coolest kid on the block until the next one came out.

Well, I got to speak to one of the brains behind this comic: Tomi Davies. 

Backstory: In 2001, Tomi Davies backed his first company — Strika Entertainment. At the time, he didn’t have a name for what he was doing; he was just helping friends. 

He’d later learn that what he was doing was called angel investing — an individual providing financial backing for small startups or entrepreneurs, typically in exchange for equity in the company.

With this knowledge, he co-founded the Lagos Angel Network in 2012, and a few years after, the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).

We spoke about a range of things:


Through his work at ABAN, the network has exponentially increased the amount of Angel investors in Africa. In 2015 there were 5 angel networks on the African continent, today there are 49 angel networks in 33 African countries.

Why Angel Investing and not Venture capital?

“I live through my portfolio. That’s what keeps me alive, that’s what keeps me fresh. I like the flexibility of choosing what to invest in and following up with the founders.”

In this edition of Ask an Investor, I switch from talking to VCs and share the story of Tomi Davies who is leading the charge of Angel investors in Africa. 


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Facebook is testing “Sabee”, an educational app for Nigerians

“There are 50 million learners, but only 2 million educators in Nigeria,”  said Facebook’s Product Lead, Emeka Okafor.

What’s happening?

Facebook is working on an educational mobile app called Sabee. The app will be targeted at Nigerian learners when it is finally launched. 

It’s lowkey for now though

Sabee is currently in early alpha testing with fewer than 100 testers who are under non-disclosure agreements (NDA) with Facebook.

Something about the name ‘Sabee’ sounds familiar

You sabi! The name “Sabee” is a stylisation of the Nigerian Pidgin word sabi which means “to know”. Through the app, Facebook aims to connect learners and educators in online communities to make educational opportunities more accessible in Nigeria.

Zoom out: Facebook’s Sabee project comes amid a global boom in the educational tech (edtech) space. 

Read more: Facebook is testing “Sabee”, an educational app for Nigerians


Applications are now being accepted for Inclusive Fintech 50! IF50 provides key exposure for the most promising early-stage inclusive fintechs that have the potential to drive financial inclusion.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/IF50-2021

West Africa’s first digital census

Ghana has started its long-awaited fully-digital national census; the first-ever in West Africa. This comes after a trial was conducted in select districts nationwide back in 2019.

The country’s last census was in 2010 and it put the population at 24.6 million. The country has, every 10 years since 1981, conducted the Population and Housing Census (PHC) but was forced to postpone the 2020 census due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now the government has gone digital, using tablets and satellite images to improve the reach of field agents and ensuring the whole population in Ghana is counted on census night.

Zoom out: The census will also play a major role in the nationwide rollout of biometric identity cards launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2017. The new ID card requires a digital address code, many of which will be generated by enumerators during the census.

In other related news: With Nigeria’s general elections just two years away, the country’s electoral commission has begun preparations. Here’s how you can register.

Elo Umeh on what it takes to make a successful acquisition

In 2016, Nigerian-based enterprise marketing technology firm, Terragon, acquired Alcatel Lucent’s mobile advertising assets across 16 francophone African countries. That acquisition didn’t meet Terragon’s expectations.

By the second time Terragon decided to make an acquisition, they had partnered with their target company for about 18 months. Terragon employees and management team members made several visits to the target company in India to ascertain that there was a cultural fit. Those trips and the 18-month partnership, were pivotal to the success of the Bizense acquisition. Bizense is a Singapore-based mobile marketing company with an office in India. Terragon acquired the company in 2018.

In this article, Mobolaji recounts the major highlights from this conversation on what it takes to make a successful acquisition.


Nigeria’s first Civic and Aid Tech Demo Day is just a few days away!

Over the last 4 months, 9 incredible Nigerian startups have focused on solving some of the biggest challenges in building solutions that ensure government accountability and transparency in public service during emergencies as well as deploying solutions towards aid distribution, data management and solving for insecurity in the Northeast.

Come watch these startups pitch their solutions at the Ventures Platform Demo Day on July 1st.

Register now to attend – bit.ly/vpf-demoday

Nigeria’s Cowrywise secures licence from the SEC

Last week, it was Chaka. This week it’s Cowrywise.

Cowrywise, a Nigeria-based wealth management startup, has received a licence to operate as a Fund/Portfolio Manager from the country’s capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

What this means

The license means Cowrywise’s operations now fall directly under the regulatory scope of the SEC and should help improve trust with potential users. Before now, the startup used a trustee structure to offer investment opportunities, in partnership with regulated investment management companies like Meristem.

Big Picture: Cowrywise is the first fintech to get a licence in the fund/portfolio management category. Chaka, on the other hand, got a Digital Sub-Broker licence. These developments point to an improving relationship between the Nigerian capital markets regulator and the several fintech players that provide investment services in the country.

Read more: Nigeria’s Cowrywise secures licence from the SEC

How to protect your customers from cyber fraud

You’re as secure as your weakest link,” said Adeoluwa Akomolafe, CISO at Wema bank when discussing how companies should address vulnerabilities in their online security.

One way to strengthen weak links is to put legal frameworks in place to protect your company, especially if you’re collaborating with others. You should also understand your technology assets and not put all the pressure on your customers.

If you’re curious about how you can ingrain cybersecurity into your company culture and make your technology processes air-tight, then you should watch this TC Live episode. The panelists answer these questions and many more.

This episode was brought to you in partnership with Ava Security and Urban Ubuntu.

If you would like to know how Ava Security’s products work and how they can be useful to your organization, you can book a special demo here.

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Written by – Daniel Adeyemi

Edited by – Edwin Madu


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