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Editor’s Note

  • Week 31, 2023
  • Read time: 5 minutes

Hello 👋🏾

This week, we bring you updates from Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal.

By the way, have you had a chance to complete our quick 3-minute survey yet? If not, we’d really appreciate it if you could spare a few moments to do so.

Pamela Tetteh Editor, TechCabal.

Editor’s Picks

Copia lays off staff for the third time

Copia, a Kenyan e-commerce platform, has laid off 25%—350 members of its workforce. This is the third time this year that Copia has trimmed its headcount.

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CBN retraces its steps

Nigeria’s central bank unfroze 440 bank accounts of some companies that it previously accused of “illegally trading” in foreign exchange. This includes tech startups like BetNaija, RiseVest, Bamboo, Chaka, and Yellow Card.

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Flutterwave accounts remain frozen in Kenya

This week, Judge Nixon Sifuna of the Kenyan High Court refused a request from Kenya’s Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) to drop their case against Flutterwave.

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Hackers unveil themselves

A pro-Russian hacktivist group called Anonymous Sudan claimed responsibility for a series of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks on websites of Kenyan media, hospitals, universities, and businesses, including Safaricom.

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Starlink launches in Kenya

Namibia has given its official seal of approval to crypto exchanges by introducing the groundbreaking Namibia Virtual Assets Act 2023.

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Freelancers to pay taxes in Kenya

The Kenyan government now mandates that Upwork collect and remit Value-Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services, including freelancer services.

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Sonatel acquires 5G licence

Telecomms company Sonatel—Orange Senegal—has acquired 5G licence in Senegal.

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Airtel Africa loses $151 million

Airtel Africa has reported a loss after tax in its Q1—April 1 to June 30, 2023 results.

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Who brought the money this week?

  •  Kenyan agritech company Farm Works raised $4.1 million in pre-series A funding. The round was led by Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund, other participating investors included Livelihood Impact Fund, Vested World, a number of family offices, and angel investors.
  • Clafiya, a Nigerian health-tech company, secured $610,000 in pre-seed funding from Norrsken Accelerator, Acquired Wisdom Fund (AWF), Hustle Fund, Voltron Capital, Microtraction, Ajim Capital, and other investors.
  • Kenyan health-tech company, Zuri Health, raised an undisclosed funding round from Five35 Ventures.

Written by: Ngozi Chukwu

Edited by: Pamela Tetteh

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