2 JULY, 2021


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It seems Twitter is toying with the idea of a ‘close friends’ feature of their own that allows you decide if you want a tweet to be seen only by people in your ‘trusted friends’. Is this a feature you’d like?

In today’s edition:

  • Quick Fire 🔥
  • My Life In Tech
  • Kenya’s internet taxes are going up… again
  • TC Insights: Funding Tracker

Quick Fire 🔥 with Mylène Flicka

Explain your job to a five-year-old

I help talented people become successful, by creating a network that gives them opportunities to grow and earn money doing what they love.

What’s something you wish you knew earlier in your career/life?

I wish I knew how money works. I think it’s the most important skill in our world. You need to develop the ability to fend for yourself, no matter the circumstances.

Too many creative young people cling to one way to make money, but there is so much more. The good news is that the internet is creating new ways of making a living and forging new paths.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in your career?

Put your doubts into action.

What (singular) achievement are you most proud of?

Creating Irawo, a community that empowers thousands of young Africans to earn a living doing what they love.

I’m proud to see how this idea I had at 18 became a movement that reached millions of people, without any funding.

Tell us about something you love doing that you’re terrible at

I’m terrible at drawing but I’m confident like Picasso when doing so. Who knows, maybe there is something there 😀

What’s a trend in francophone Africa that we should be paying attention to?

The passion economy. Many tools are emerging to help young African monetise their unique skills online, without commoditisation. This is a major trend that will contribute to closing the unemployment gap.

Mylene Flicka is from Benin Republic. She is the founder of Irawo, which helps underserved talents transform their creativity into profitable businesses.


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My Life In Tech: Faith Keza

If you lived in Rwanda today and needed to get a government-issued certificate, you’d simply fill out some forms and make your payment – all online. You’d get the certificate in your inbox when ready.

Irembo is leading this digitisation of services in Rwanda. And steering the Irembo ship is Faith Keza.

After getting her degree from MIT, she worked at Oracle, Delphix, Google and is now the CEO of Irembo. Faith is also on the board of the Rwanda National Bank and the Rwanda Development Board.

How does she balance all this? In an interview with UNICEF, she gives a very poignant response.

“The word is grit,” she says. “If you can persevere day in and day out, the days will be long but the years will be short and you’ll get to somewhere exciting.”

In this week’s edition of My Life In Tech, I speak to Faith Keza about her journey from growing up in Rwanda, leaving to Scotland, schooling in the U.S. and returning to Rwanda with a plan to digitise the country.

Read more: Faith Keza is leading Irembo to fully digitise Rwanda

Faith Keza will be the speaker for our next TechCabal Live event and I will be moderating. You can register for that here!


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

Kenya’s internet taxes are going up… again

Kenyans may start paying 20% tax on telephone and internet services.

Has it always been like this?

Not exactly. In 2018, the Kenyan government increased the excise duty on these services from 10% to 15%. Unfortunately but expectedly, that cost was passed on to customers who had to face an increase in the cost of mobile services.

What does this means for Kenyans? The new taxes were supposed to take effect on the 1st of July and they have already been met with heavy criticism.

With over 41 million mobile subscriptions, Kenya has a very connected population. Kenyans are already spending most of their income on airtime according to a study. This is very likely because a lot of services have been adopted on phones.

Zoom out: An increase in airtime fees will very likely impact mobile penetration across the country.

Read more: Cost of data, calls could go up if new tax amendment is passed


Africa’s leading rating agency, Global Credit Ratings (GCR) has upgraded the national scale long-term issuer rating of Nigeria’s largest mobile network operator, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) to AAA and affirmed the national scale short-term rating of A1+, with a stable outlook.

These represent the highest possible long-term and short-term ratings on GCR’s national rating scale and MTN Nigeria is the first mobile network operator in Nigeria to be accorded such ratings.

Read more about this here.


Only one week remains before Fintech Week London kicks off on 12th of July. With virtual tickets available, this is your chance to learn more about fintech in London and the UK, but also an opportunity to hear from international speakers from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. Save 15% on your ticket with TechCabal15! For more info and to register go to https://fintechweek.london

Growing your Fintech

As a user, there’s probably at least one fintech app that you can’t get enough of because of how smooth it was to sign up. One thing that’s common to successful fintechs is the ease of their onboarding process. As a fintech, you’ve probably seen how effective great customer onboarding has been for your company’s growth.

But not every fintech pays that much attention to providing a seamless experience for potential customers.

So how can you improve your onboarding process? One way is speed; the fintech industry is a fast-paced one, and customers easily get distracted by long, cumbersome processes. Another is clarity. Your onboarding process should be simple to grasp, or you may lose that potential customer.

Watch this video to learn more about how to significantly grow your fintech by simplifying your onboarding process.

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TC Insights: Funding Tracker

This week, fintech startup, Zeepay, raised a $7.9million Series A round from Investisseurs & Partenaires, Absa Bank Ghana, ARK Holdings, Good Soil VC and First National Bank. This is the biggest deal secured by a Ghanaian startup this year.

The other deals for the week include:

  • Egyptian celebrity shoutout platform Minly closed a $3.6million seed funding round from 4DX Ventures, B&Y Venture Partners, and Global Ventures, Golden Palm Investments and other angel investors.
  • Sayna, a Malagasy digital training platform, raised an undisclosed round from Investisseurs & Partenaires and Miarakap.
  • Jetstream, a Ghanaian supply chain logistics platform raised $3,000,000 from Alitheia IDF, Golden Palm Investments, 4DX Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Asia Pacific Land, Breyer Labs, and MSA Capital.
  • Nigeiran e-health startup MDaaS Global secured $2.3million from Newtown Partners, CRI Foundation, FINCA Ventures, Techstars, and Future Africa.

That’s all we’ve got this week!

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Written by – Edwin Madu


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