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Unpacking the First Interswitch Fintech Forum in Sierra Leone

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Africa’s leading integrated payments and digital commerce company, Interswitch, has successfully hosted its first-ever Sierra Leone Fintech Forum. The groundbreaking event which took place on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown, Sierra Leone, brought together key stakeholders, industry experts, and innovators to unpack the potential and future of financial technology in Sierra Leone.

The Sierra Leone Fintech Forum served as a dynamic platform for dialogue, collaboration, and knowledge exchange within the burgeoning fintech ecosystem. The event aimed to foster a deeper understanding of the transformative power of fintech and its role in shaping Sierra Leone’s economic landscape.

Speaking at the event, Akeem Lawal, the Managing Director, Payment Processing and Switching (Interswitch Purepay), highlighted the importance of fintech in driving innovation and growth in the African economy. He said, “Interswitch is proud to have played a pivotal role in bringing together the brightest minds in the fintech space. The forum reflects our commitment to driving innovation and facilitating the digital transformation of financial services in Sierra Leone.”

The event featured panel sessions where renowned speakers and thought leaders from the fintech industry shared valuable insights into the latest trends, emerging technologies, and transformative opportunities in Sierra Leone, as meaningful connections were forged between industry players, fostering collaboration and partnership opportunities.

Commenting on the essence of the forum, Jonah Adams, MD, Digital Infrastructure & Managed Services (Interswitch Systegra), said: “Fintech has the potential to revolutionize the way financial services are delivered in Sierra Leone. By embracing innovation, Sierra Leone can create a more inclusive and prosperous financial system, and with collaborations like the Interswitch Fintech Forum, Interswitch is committed to creating an enabling environment for fintech to thrive in Sierra Leone.”

Attendees had the chance to engage in constructive conversations and explore potential synergies and gained a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory framework and its implications for the growth of the fintech sector.

Fintech is playing a critical role in transforming the way people access and use financial services in Africa. By providing innovative financial solutions that are more accessible, affordable, and convenient, Interswitch is helping to drive financial inclusion and economic growth across Africa.

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9mobile Unveils Treelz Entertainment Platform

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Lagos, Thursday, May 16, 2024: Nigeria’s customer-focused telecommunications company, 9mobile, has unveiled Treelz, an innovative digital entertainment platform for customers on the 9mobile network. Treelz is a platform designed for customers to experience a world of entertainment through Movies, e-learning, fun videos, gaming, music, sports, photo filters and lots more!Speaking during the unveiling, the Products and Digital Services Champion at 9mobile, John Muo, stated that, “Treelz is a comprehensive entertainment ecosystem that combines advanced features and seamless connectivity to deliver an unparalleled user experience. With Treelz, users can enjoy a wide range of exciting and engaging rich media contents, including video games, movie and music hubs, sports and e-learning platforms, which are all accessible through a single, intuitive platform.” “Treelz is available on the 9mobile website and can be accessed under the “Digital Services” tab on 9mobile.com.ng or by simply clicking the link https://9mobile.com.ng/treelz. Customers who are not on the 9mobile network but wish to enjoy the thrills of the platform should activate a 9mobile SIM or port their existing line to 9mobile to enjoy the service,” Mou added.The platform represents the culmination of 9mobile’s commitment to innovation and customer-centricity, offering unparalleled features and capabilities. Customers can access the rich contents on Treelz for as low as N30 per service via airtime subscription only. The daily or weekly subscription guarantees access to play games, watch movie, and listen to music on the website. Public Relations Lead at 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo, while expressing her delight at the unveiling said, “The expertise and influence of the media are invaluable in helping 9mobile spread the word about this groundbreaking platform and its transformative impact on communication and entertainment. Your endorsement and coverage will not only help raise awareness about Treelz by 9mobile but also empower individuals to embrace its unique qualities especially its ability to entertain and educate.” With Treelz, 9mobile continues to push the boundaries of innovation within the digital interactive space. Experience the power of seamless connectivity, enhanced collaboration, and unmatched convenience with Treelz by 9mobile.

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9PSB SPONSORS TECH ENTREPRENEURS CONFERENCE, INSPIRES STARTUP’S GROWTH

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Lagos, Nigeria, May, 2024. 9 Payment Service Bank (9PSB), Nigeria’s digital payment service bank, focused on financial inclusion has encouraged the growth and development of more Information Technological startups by sponsoring the just concluded Kano TechPrenuer Conference. A Tech entrepreneur gathering held at Meena Event Centre, Lodge Road, Kano.

The flagship event, which was organized by IMH Global with the theme: Empowering Tomorrow: Innovating in the Digital Space, aimed at bringing together tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and innovators to explore emerging trends, share insights, and enhance networking opportunities within the technology ecosystem, with a focus on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Speaking during his presentation, Group Head Business Development and Strategy, 9 Payment Service Bank (9PSB) Akeem Salam, highlighted the huge contributions of technology and its innovations to different fields of human endeavors, how it has transformed the way operations and services are being rendered especially in finance and banking sector. Today, banking services are all digitalized, which has paved way for the emergence of financial technology companies and payment service banks to operates seamlessly and drive financial services to the banked and the unbanked in every nook and cranny of the country; as well as facilitate financial inclusion for all Nigerians leveraging on mobile technology and communication.

‘’We have made tremendous efforts by contributing to closing the gap in financial inclusion by delivering our services to various market segments with our tailor- made products and services such as our virtual accounts, Bank9ja mobile App, USSD services, PoS services to merchants, ever dependable agency banking; driven by our Service Location Partners and bills payment as a service made easier once you have our platform available on your mobile devices. In addition, we collaborate with other industry players to ensure we deliver on our mandate. Remember, collaboration is indispensable as it opens opportunities in the industry by helping the journey to be a smooth ride. Therefore, we have been partnering financial service providers to ensure we leave no stone unturned. Our products and services are flexible and user-friendly, pricing and charges are of industry standard, Akeem added.”

‘’Asides from delivering seamless payment services, the Central Bank of Nigeria also mandate us to drive financial literacy, to ensure that basic financial education is extended to both young and adult Nigerians. This of course, we have been doing through our diverse services and programmes. We will continue to support the development, growth and innovations of startups and tech initiatives as this will impact the society greatly. Therefore, I enjoin you all to be focused and committed in your career and businesses,” he remarked.

Kano TechPrenuer Conference is an annual gathering of enthusiastic individuals in the tech industry. The event brought together IT consultants, web developers, social media marketers/managers, affiliate marketers to interact, upskill, collaborate, and chart the way forward. The event served as a nexus for innovation, providing a space for learning, networking, and exploring the latest trends and strategies in the tech entrepreneurial ecosystem within Kano State.

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Wema Bank Unveils New Digital Solution For Cooperative Societies, CoopHub

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Wema Bank, Nigeria’s foremost innovative bank and pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, has officially launched CoopHub, a new digital solution for Cooperative Societies. The groundbreaking platform was unveiled at the launch ceremony held on May 10th, 2024, to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the Bank.
CoopHub, the first of its kind in the Nigerian banking industry, is a digital platform designed strategically to transform the way Cooperative Societies operate by providing tailored solutions that bridge the gaps in the traditional framework of Cooperative Societies. The unique platform insulates Cooperative Societies against prevalent struggles like manual recordkeeping, limited access to loans, poor communication, insecurity, and other restrictions, supporting them with the solutions needed to not only mitigate these problems but also operate with the utmost efficiency.

L-R: Group Head, Partnerships and Ecosystem, Ajibade Laolu-Adewale; Divisional Head, Brands, People and Culture, Wema Bank, Ololade Ogungbenro; President Ogun State Cooperative Federation Limited; Alhaji Wasiu Olaleye; MD/CEO Wema Bank, Moruf Oseni and Executive Director, Retail and Digital Bank, Wema Bank, Tunde Mabawonku, at the launch of Coop Hub, Wema Bank’s digital solution for Cooperative Societies, held in Lagos today, Friday, 10th May, 2024
With CoopHub, leaders of Cooperative Societies can manage every aspect of their community’s operations from a simplified dashboard accessible on their phones, seamlessly managing their Cooperative Society’s finances, communication, member records, analytics and every other detail in real time and on the go. Members of the Cooperative Societies also enjoy increased access to loans, seamless contribution tracking, secure transactions, and easy communication with the leaders. Essentially, CoopHub helps Cooperative Societies maintain 100% transparency, reliability, and security, with the option of white labelling for a customised experience.
Disclosing the Bank’s motive for creating CoopHub, Wema Bank’s MD/CEO, Moruf Oseni, highlighted the Bank’s commitment to innovation and customer-centricity. “Cooperative Societies have many pain points. As a bank that is committed to empowering lives through innovation, we examined the end-to-end value chain of Cooperative Societies and launched CoopHub to provide solutions that address the pains and headaches in the Cooperative Society experience for both the leaders of these communities and the members. CoopHub is the future of Cooperative Societies and we have designed every detail to address the needs of every player in the Cooperative Society ecosystem and empower these communities for optimal productivity”, he said.
Delving into the unique features of CoopHub, Solomon Ayodele, Wema Bank’s Head of Innovation, added, “CoopHub is taking Cooperatives to an era where conflicts, stressful physical meetings, mistrust, inadequate capital, poor recordkeeping and inefficient governance are all a thing of the past. With a digitised database for all records, a dedicated User Management section for leaders to manage members efficiently, a transparent overview of contributions for both leaders and members, seamless communication framework that allows for easy planning of meetings and events, and a host of other unique features, CoopHub truly is the solution that every Cooperative Society needs. To promote community and financial security, CoopHub also offers a three-factor authentication system that ensures that every withdrawal from the Cooperative Society’s account is subject to an approval of three members of the Cooperative Society, including the Admin. We have been very intentional with CoopHub and I encourage every Cooperative Society to come on board and experience the future of Cooperative Societies through CoopHub”, Ayodele concluded.
CoopHub is now live and open to every Cooperative Society across the world. This futuristic solution is set to not only empower Nigerian lives with increased access to their needs through Cooperative Societies, but also revolutionise Cooperative Society operations for the best.
To onboard a Cooperative on CoopHub, simply register at https://coophub.alat.ng/

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