5 AUGUST, 2021


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In today’s edition:

  • MTN Group moves it $280m out of Nigeria
  • South African insurtech platform Naked raises $11 million
  • Wapi pay raises $2.2m to ease payments between Africa and Asia
  • Google to build its own smartphone processors this year

MTN and the woes of its subsidiaries

Doing business in a foreign country has consequences. Take MTN, which recently just got its 2020 $280m dividend out of Nigeria.

What’s happening?

The Johannesburg-based telecom group had been struggling to get dividends out of its subsidiaries due to the challenges of securing foreign currency in Nigeria and some other markets where it operates.

As a result, MTN was forced to suspend dividend payout for the 2020 financial year. The company also cited other reasons for the suspension, such as the timing of proceeds from an ongoing asset realisation programme and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Afghanistan and Dubai: In addition to the news from Nigeria, MTN also revealed “positive developments” in a United States court case related to the group and its subsidiaries, MTN Afghanistan and MTN Dubai.

After the news of repatriating money from Nigeria and progress in the U.S. court case, MTN shares reportedly finished 6% higher on Monday at R111.30 (around $7). 

Looking forward: The group’s complete half-year results are expected to be released on August 12 and it has told investors to expect between 75% to 85% drop in profit or earnings per share (EPS). This is due to an impairment charge involving its Yemeni business and the decoupling of its operation in Syria.

The sale of MTN Group’s 75% stake in MTN Syria is part of ongoing attempts to exit markets in the Middle East over the next three to five years, with a plan to fully focus on core African markets.

Michael breaks down the different issues that MTN Group is facing with its different subsidiaries in this article.


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South African insurtech platform Naked raises $11 million to cover more Africans.

South African insurtech platform Naked has raised $11 million in a Series A round led by Naspers. Existing investors, Yellowwoods and Hollard, also participated in the funding round.

About Naked: Founded in 2018 by Alex Thomson, Sumarie Greybe, and Ernest North, Naked is a digital insurance platform covering cars, content, homes, and standalone items. The company says it employs artificial intelligence to create new processes and experiences for its customers.

Why it matters: Africa’s insurance sector is worth over $68 billion in annual gross written premiums. While South Africa makes up 70% of this market, only a fraction of personal insurance is sold without human intervention. Naked is looking to increase this fraction as there’s a growing number of South Africans who prefer to purchase their insurance online.

Naspers’ biggest investment: As per Bloomberg, Naspers through its Foundry Fund invested $8.4 million making it the largest investor in Naked. It’s also the biggest investment the Naspers’ Foundry fund has made to date in South African startups. 

Zoom out: This investment is Naspers’ seventh since launching its Foundry arm back in 2019. The $100 million fund targets South African early-stage tech companies looking to “address big societal needs.” 

Read more:Naspers leads $11M investment in South African insurtech Naked


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Wapi pay raises $2.2m to ease payments between Africa and Asia

Which region of the world is the most expensive to send and receive money?

  1. Western Europe
  2. Sub-Saharan Africa
  3. Asia
  4. North America

Hint: In the first quarter of 2020, people spent an average of 8.9% to send money to the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, much higher than the global average of 6.8%.

Yup, the correct answer is B, Sub-Saharan Africa.

While there’s a lot of talk about cross-border payment between Africa and Western countries, there’s little said about the payments happening between Africa and Asia.

In the first of 2021, Africa-China trade jumped 27%, to $52.1 billion compared with 2020. Despite this high volume, the transfer cost is often as high as 20% and the wait time extends up to a week. 

Wapi Pay is here to change this

Wapi Pay recently raised a $2.2 million pre-seed investment round to scale up global payments and remittances between Africa and Asia. The payment gateway for African businesses to receive and send money from Asia says it can process payments within a day and charges as low as 3%.

Read more: Kenya’s Wapi Pay raises $2.2M pre-seed for cross-border payments between Africa and Asia


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Co-founder and Partner at DFS Lab, Stephen Deng, will be joining us at the Future of Commerce on September 24th. 

Stephen leads DFS Lab’s investments in early-stage digital commerce startups in Africa. He has also spent time advising global clients on the growth of fintech and e-commerce in frontier markets such as those in Africa, China, and Indonesia.

He will be speaking alongside Juliet Anammah, Chairperson at Jumia Nigeria, Marcello Schermer, Head of International Expansion at Yoco, Ray Youssef – CEO at Paxful, Iyin Aboyeji – Co-founder and General Partner at Future Africa, Onyekachi Izukanne – CEO at TradeDepot, and many others.

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Google abandons Qualcomm to build its own smartphone processors this year

On Monday, Google announced it will build its own smartphone processor, called Google Tensor, that will power its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones later this year.

Why so?

The current Qualcomm chips are limiting what the Pixel phones can do.

“The problem with Pixel has been that we keep running into limits with existing off-the-shelf technology solutions, and it’s just really hard to get our most advanced stuff from research teams onto the phone,” Google’s hardware boss Rick Osterloh said in an interview last week.

This move sounds familiar

Yes, Apple recently ditched Intel chips in favor of its own processors in its new computers. Google believes the new chip will help Google’s phones take better photos and videos, as well as process tasks better.

Zoom out: There’s a lingering question of whether the new chips will be enough to get people to buy a Pixel over an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy device. I guess in a few months time we’ll have this answer to that.

Read more: Google will abandon Qualcomm and build its own smartphone processors this year.


Written by – Daniel Adeyemi

Edited by – Koromone Koroye


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