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South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya: Africa’s Largest Fintech Hubs

In Africa, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have the three most developed fintech ecosystems, combining more than 450 companies. This burgeoning industry has been driven by strong demographic indicators, increased connectivity, early regulation, and proactive governments. South Africa: an early

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Tunesian Fintech Expensya Secures $20 Million for European Expansion Plans

Expensya, a Tunisian-French expense management software provider, announced that it has raised $20 million in funds. The investment came from MAIF Avenir, a French innovation capital fund, and Silicon Badia, a venture capital fund headquartered between the U.S and the

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FIS Expands Payment Capabilities Into South Africa and Nigeria

FIS, an American Fortune 500 company which offers a wide range of financial products and services, announced that it is expanding its payment processing capabilities into the rapidly growing markets of South Africa, Nigeria and Malaysia. In South Africa and

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Nigerian Open Finance Startup Okra Secures $3.5m Seed Round

Okra, Africa’s Open Finance API announced its $3.5m Seed raise. The round was led by US-based Susa Ventures, with participation from existing investors TLcom Capital, and newly joined Accenture Ventures. Okra is an Open Finance platform that enables developers and

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Morocco Grabs the Third Spot in Arab’s Fintech Space Behind UAE and Egypt

Morocco is the third largest fintech hub in the Arab world, hosting 13% of all 400 active fintech solutions, or about 40 fintech solutions, according to a research by financial inclusion think tank Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP).

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Egyptian Payments Firm Paymob Completes Series A Funding Of US$18.5 Million

Egypt’s digital payments provider Paymob announced that it has secured US$15 million in a second tranche of its Series A fundraising activity. It follows a first tranche of US$3.5 million, raised in July 2020. The capital raise was led by

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Nigerian Core Banking Provider Appzone Secures US$10 Million Funding

Appzone, a Pan-African fintech software provider building proprietary solutions for the continent’s banking and payments industries, has announced the close of its US$ 10 million Series A round. The round was led by CardinalStone Capital Advisers with participation from V8

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EFG Hermes Announces Partnership With Lulu Group International In Egypt

EFG Hermes, a financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets (FEM), announced the launch of a new partnership between its NBFI subsidiaries valU for consumer finance and PayTabs Egypt with LuLu Group International in Egypt, a Middle East hypermarket and

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Nigeria Lays Groundwork for Open Banking

With a booming fintech sector, the Nigerian government and regulators are now setting the foundation for open banking, releasing regulatory frameworks for the safe and efficient transmission of data with hopes that subsequently new, innovative financial solutions will emerge and

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Mobile Money Boom Lays Foundation for Fintech In Kenya

Home to over 150 fintech companies, Kenya has one of the biggest and most developed fintech ecosystems in the African continent, owning to the proliferation of mobile phones and the rise of mobile money. Similarly to other developing markets, Kenya’s

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