13 AUGUST, 2021
Good morning ☀️ ️
Twitter changed its font. Did you notice?
If you didn’t, perhaps you haven’t gotten the latest update on the App or Play stores.
To be very honest, I didn’t either, not even after I updated the app. The font is thinner than what we’re used to and get this, it’s called Chirp.
One other thing you’ll notice is the reduction of Twitter’s default blue color on the app.
In today’s edition:
- Quick Fire 🔥
- Zambia’s shut down internet access amidst elections
- Who will be speaking at The Future of Commerce?
- The top 20 Africa challenger brands
- TC Insights: Funding Tracker
Quick Fire 🔥 with Cynthia Obioha
Explain your job to a five-year-old
My team and I find what will make people within the African & Middle Eastern communities have fun and connect easily on the internet. Then we work towards bringing those ideas to life.
What’s something you wish you knew earlier in your career/life?
It’s okay to say, “I do not know this now but let me come back to you on it.” The career journey is a learning experience.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in your career?
One of my best would be: Stay in your lane, literally. Be inspired and learn from others but always remember that your journey is unique to you.
Tell us about something you love doing that you’re terrible at. And tell us about something you really do not like doing that you’re great at.
Love doing and terrible at: on a jocular note, dancing, I would say.
Do not like doing but is great at: routine tasks
What new ways of doing things will you keep from this past year?
Deliberately joining meetings a few minutes earlier, when I can, to hang out with people who might turn up early for brief check-ins & small talks. It’s been an interesting year.
Cynthia Obioha is passionate about leveraging technology in innovative ways to solve emerging markets’ needs. She’s the lead, International Product Growth for Middle East & Africa at Facebook.
Curious about fintech in Africa? We’re inviting you to the Decode Fintech roundtable, where we’ll discuss hiring, funding, and international expansion in fintech.
ZAMBIA SHUTS DOWN INTERNET ACCESS AMIDST ELECTIONS
Join the Future Africa Collective – an exclusive community of investors who invest in startups building the future of Africa. With a $1,000 annual or a $300 quarterly subscription fee, you get access to invest a minimum of $2,500 in up to 20 fast-growing African startups each year. Learn More
WHO’LL BE SPEAKING AT THE FUTURE OF COMMERCE?
Last week, you met a few of the speakers at the Future of Commerce. We’ve brought you more of them this week. By registering for the conference, you get the opportunity to learn from and network with these speakers as well as other key players who’ll be attending:
Stephen Deng – Co-founder and Partner, DFS Lab
Stephen leads DFS Lab’s investments in early-stage digital commerce startups across 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.
Tayo Oviosu – Founder & CEO, Paga Group
Tayo is the founder and Group CEO of Paga Group. Paga is a mobile payment company focused on digitizing cash and delivering financial access in emerging markets. Paga is the leading mobile money service in Nigeria, its first market.
Fatma Nasujo, Global Head of Operational Excellence, Sokowatch
Fatma is a financial services professional with 12+ years of experience working in FinTech, EdTech & banking. Her expertise is in Operations, Tech & Finance, and she has used her skills to serve businesses across East Africa.
Onyekachi Izukanne – Co-founder/CEO, TradeDepot
Onyekachi is a serial entrepreneur with two decades of experience innovating solutions to address real-world business problems. Onyekachi has a deep understanding of the complexities of the African business environment and the key challenges SMEs face.
Jessica Anuna – Founder/CEO, Klasha
Jessica is the founder and CEO of Klasha, a technology company specialising in building software to power African commerce. Klasha is based in Lagos, Nigeria and San Francisco, USA and is backed by Techstars.
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THE TOP 20 AFRICA CHALLENGER BRANDS
“One thing most people are unaware of is that you are allowed to tell any organization that you want them to delete your data but it is usually found in the fine prints of the terms and conditions agreement that the majority of users never bother to read.”
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TC Insights: Funding Tracker
This week, Nigerian mobility-fintech startup, Moove closed a $23m Series A round led by SpeedInvest and Left Lane Capital. The other deals for this week also went to Nigerian startups in agritech, product authentication, and e-commerce.
Here are the other deals for the week:
- B2B e-commerce platform Omnibiz raised a $3m seed funding round led by V&R Africa, Tangerine Insurance and Timon Capital, with participation from Lofty Inc, Sunu Capital, Ventures Platform, Rising Tide Africa and Musha Ventures.
- Chekkit, a product authentication platform raised $500K in a round led by Launch Africa, Japan Strategic Capital and Blockchain Founders Fund.
- Zowasel, an agri-tech startup received $100K from Guinness Nigeria and Promasidor Nigeria at the UN World Food Programme Zero Hunger Sprint.
- Female-focused fund FirstCheck Africa also announced its first four portfolio companies – Tushop (Kenya), Healthtracka (Nigeria), Foondamate (South Africa), and Zoie Health (South Africa).
That’s it for this week!
The largest hackathon in West Africa is set to take place in Lagos, Nigeria from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th of August 2021.
Over 500 developers will work in teams to develop tech-enabled solutions that will address problems in Nigeria and the rest of Africa with a special focus on Artificial Intelligence.
Learn more here
Every week, TechCabal shares job opportunities in the African ecosystem.
- TechCabal – Senior Writer (Africa)
- TechCabal – Senior Editor (West Africa)
- PiggyVest – Customer Success Executives – Nigeria
- Microsoft – Senior Program Manager – Lagos, Nigeria
- Africa Philanthropy Forum – Communications Manager – Lagos, Nigeria – Deadline: August 30
- Okra – Senior Frontend Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Senior DevOps Engineer – Remote
What else we’re reading
Written by – Timi Odueso
Edited by – Daniel Adeyemi