5 APRIL, 2022


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Google is dredging up old memories with a new Docs update similar to what Microsoft Word does. 

According to The Verge, Docs will soon start promoting concise writing with a purple squiggly line that highlights sentences that could be clearer. 

If it sounds familiar, that’s because you’re 40+ and you use Microsoft, or Grammarly, and are used to this feature already. 

While Google Docs does have a spell check feature, writers who want to get suggestions on grammar and conciseness need to use third-party apps like Grammarly to get it. 

Image source: Google via The Verge

In today’s edition

  • Flutterwave’s brewing storm
  • Nigeria wants to disconnect 72 million SIM cards
  • Meta ran a smear campaign on TikTok 
  • Opportunities



In the early hours of Monday, April 4, Clara Wanjiku, an ex-employee of Nigerian payment company Flutterwave, published a Medium post calling out the company’s CEO, Olugbenga Agboola, for “5 years of constant harassment”.

In the post, Wanjiku claims that after quitting her job as Head of Implementation at Flutterwave (Rest of Africa) in 2018, she wasn’t paid her “dues”, and sued Flutterwave over this allegation. 

Following her move to sue, in her post, Clara claimed that she received calls from a number of Flutterwave staff, asking to talk and resolve the issue out of court. 

Eventually, Flutterwave paid her “dues”.

But there’s more

According to Wanjiku, she was also accused by the company of being behind a Twitter account that accused some male members of Flutterwave’s management of sexual harassment.

When she tried to get another job at a Nigerian bank, after leaving Flutterwave, she claims Agboola “sabotaged” the opportunity by saying she was a bad worker.

Wanjiku sued Flutterwave for damages resulting from the company neglecting to remove her as the contact person on their M-Pesa account. The police hounded Wanjiku and her family after the account recorded a fraudulent transaction.

While Wanjiku sought $900,000 in damages for the alleged negligence, the court awarded her $2,500, a settlement she didn’t agree to.

Zoom out: These accusations come at a time when African startups with unhealthy work cultures have been put on notice. TechCabal is investigating this story, and has reached out to Wanjiku and Flutterwave’s management for comments.


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Disconnecting from everything can often be the boost you need for productivity, and it looks like African governments are taking this mantra very seriously. 

Yesterday, we reported how Zambia disconnected 2 million SIMs in its fight against mobile money scams. 

Now, Nigeria is taking the baton—and in its usual upstaging manner—may be disconnecting millions of SIMs. 

Yesterday, the National Communications Commission (NCC) ordered all network providers in the country to bar outgoing calls to all SIMs that aren’t linked to National Identity Numbers (NINs).


A reason similar to Zambia’s: phone scams. 

Mobile money might not be big in Nigeria, but that hasn’t halted the progression of phone scams through texts and calls. Several individuals have fallen victim to scammers who empty bank accounts after pretending to be customer care agents from banks. In 2020, over ₦5.2 billion ($12 million) was lost to fraud in Nigeria, with mobile fraud growing at a 330% Y-o-Y rate.

A lot of these scams are committed through prepaid phone numbers and SIMs. And if all SIMs are registered to individuals, then scams can be tracked and addressed better.

As part of its digital identification process, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) announced in December 2020 that all citizens should link their National Identity Numbers (NIN) to their SIMs—up to 7 sim cards can be linked to 1 NIN. While a 2-week deadline was given in 2020, it has been extended multiple times to give the country’s 197 million active sim cards. 

The last deadline extension was in December 2021 when the government gave a March 31 deadline for subscribers to link their NINs to their SIMs. 

The deadline is up

The deadline lapsed last Thursday, and the NCC swung into action yesterday with its order. 

Presently, about 125 million SIMs have been linked to NINs, according to NCC Director of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke. With 197 million active SIMs, per data from the NCC, this means that 72 million SIMs may be disconnected in the coming days.



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What’s that saying, if you can’t beat them, smear them?

If that sounds wrong to you, it definitely didn’t to Facebook parent company Meta. 

Last week, it was revealed that Meta hired one of the biggest consulting firms in the US to orchestrate a nationwide smear campaign against its rival, TikTok. 

Wait, what?


According to The Washington Post, directors at Meta hired Targeted Victory to “get the message out that while Meta is the current punching bag, TikTok is the real threat, especially as a foreign-owned app that is #1 in sharing data that young teens are using.” 

The campaign involves promoting stories about harmful TikTok trends. 

Why, though?

Facebook is on a sugar crash. It’s on a losing battle with TikTok. Since its rebrand from ByteDance, TikTok has steadily grown to be the third-largest social media platform. 

While Facebook currently has 2.9 billion active users, a number it took over a decade to achieve, TikTok is a bit behind with 1 billion active users and 3 billion downloads, a feat that took 5 years (and a pandemic). 

So Facebook is ahead, yes, but TikTok is catching up. More people are spending just as much time on Facebook as they are on TikTok. More importantly, creators are flocking to TikTok as the platform rewards them more than Meta’s Instagram Reels. 

Instagram and Facebook generated 98% of Meta’s $118 billion revenue last year, but it’s also losing followers, especially from its target audience of young people. If TikTok continues at its pace, it could potentially reduce Meta’s earnings. 

TikTok should be scrutinised too

Approached with the allegations, Meta defended its campaign. Meta spokesperson Andy Stone said, “We believe all platforms, including TikTok, should face a level of scrutiny consistent with their growing success.”

In recent years, Meta’s platform has been under constant scrutiny across the globe with Europe concerned about how Facebook uses data, the US concerned with how harmful Facebook and Instagram are to young adults, and African countries addressing how much information their citizens can access on the platforms. 

This all-around scrutiny has helped keep the platform on a leash, especially with recent policies on how it shares its data, how it addresses misinformation and new features that protect teens

Meta definitely seems to have good reasons but do the ends justify the means?



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  • The JAMII Femmes Programme is now open to applications from female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire who are focused on building sustainable solutions in the agriculture sector. One woman from each country will be awarded $10,000 prizes, and participate in a 2-week accelerator programme. Check it out.
  • Applications are open for the 2022 edition of the African Business Heroes Competition for African Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries who are contributing to the development of sustainable economies are invited to apply. Ten winning entrepreneurs will share $1.5 million, get access to mentorship opportunities, and gain global recognition. Shoot your shot.
  • The Acumen Accelerator 2022 for Ventures Serving Displaced People is now open to applications from East African businesses and startups that create sustainable living solutions for displaced people in East Africa. Selected startups will share up to $75,000 in grants. Find out more.
  • Applications are open for the Sound Connect Funds in Southern Africa 2022 grant. Southern African NGOs and businesses that focus on and support the cultural and creative sector in Southern Africa are invited to apply to get up to €180,000 in grants. Check it out.

What else we’re reading

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Written by – Timi Odueso & Daniel Adeyemi

Edited by – Kelechi Njoku


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