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Errandpay Takes On African FinTechs, MFBs And MFIs With Agency Banking And PoS Terminals

In 2018, Errandpay Chief Technology Officer; Paul Dureke and his Co-Founders went on an adventure to Sub-Saharan Africa. Typical of tourists, they visited a country without enough United States Dollars and had to seek diverse options to convert any available cash they had to the local currency available.

Unfortunately for these Founders, they quickly found out that their international Commercial Debit Cards and other payment options were useless. They began to think of how many other people experienced the same problem and slowly, the idea to build a fintech like Errandpay began.

Today, Errandpay offers agency banking applications and affordable point of sales (PoS) terminals to Fintechs, Microfinance Banks and Microfinance Institutions across Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, and the Benin Republic.

So far, Errandpay has had partnerships across Africa to access over 100,000 payout points and has now served over one million customers with its 12,000 direct payout locations in the continent.

How Does Errandpay Help FinTechs, MFBs and MFIs?

Quite simply, the platform allows an “aboki” in Kaduna to operate a PoS machine that can serve his entire neighborhood. This “aboki” also has access to information about how his family and friends can repay loans, earn money, and share financial burdens. Information any Fintech, MFB and MFI will be happy to have.

Errandpay can make lending, insurance and investment products, credit card payments, registration for different services and so on easier so its partners can avoid unreasonably high charges.

Any bank or financial institution can also easily be integrated on Errandpay’s API, and this serves as an opportunity for them to leverage the platform to expand its reach across Africa. More people have access to financial services and more banks have access to more customers.

Regular problems that FinTechs MFBs and MFIs face like recruiting and managing developers, setting, and meeting timelines, projecting, collecting, and aggregating vendors, negotiating with other banks, customer onboarding and documentation can now be reduced.

While answering questions from the press on its unique approach to MFBs, MFIs and FinTech’s, Paul Dureke explained that the platform has been successful because the team has focused all resources on providing technology that can cater to the African markets and financial institutions.

“With Africa in mind from day one, we have built technology that has considered several use cases, integrated multiple corridors, and can facilitate the operations of other financial institutions. Building technology is difficult and time-consuming, so we have made developer-friendly and easy-to-integrate APIs readily available for all our partners. From white labeled services to aggregation of major services and an ability to integrate seamlessly to any core banking platform in Africa, Errandpay’s features are fully customisable to the needs of any potential partner. FinTechs, MFBs and MFIs can worry less about building technologies and focus more on strengthening their structures through the platform.”

The Company is licensed as a Super-Agent in Nigeria by the CBN’s Payment Service Bank license and has since had a 50% month-on-month growth rate.

Does Errandpay Make Any Money?

Definitely, Errandpay makes money from every transaction made and every time, their API is being used. However, the Company requires major collaborations in the financial sector to boost the inclusion it seeks to redress in Africa.

“In the past ten years across the Sub-Saharan Africa region, collaboration has driven the fintech revolution. One of ErrandPay’s core strategies is collaborations with Microfinance banks, financial institutions, Aggregators, agents, fintech companies and lots more. We have built our technology for ambitious banks, organisations, Founders and CEOs looking to scale super-fast,” stated Ajibola Awojobi; CEO, Errandpay.

Onboarding on Errandpay is free. The platform is accessible on errandpay.com or via the mobile app on both the iOS and Android devices, while its ever-supportive technical team are available 24/7 at hello@errandpay.com.

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How Errandpay is driving financial inclusion across Sub-Saharan Africa by powering Fintechs, MFBs and MFIs 

Many financial organisations believe that Fintechs, Microfinance Banks (MFBs), and Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) are seventh heavens in the global effort to alleviate poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, this impression is very far from reality. 

Filtering through the World Bank’s 2021 report on Financial Inclusion, Digital Payments, and Resilience in the Age of COVID-19, one would find that over 65% of the region still has limited access to deposit and credit facilities provided by financial institutions.

Not only are these financial services essential to the growth of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), they are integral to improving the money markets and fostering social development amongst individuals. 

Fintechs, MFIs and MFBs require more technologically-driven solutions, proper bookkeeping and reporting mechanisms, clear credit policies and better internal controls to provide these life-altering services. Fortunately, Errandpay’s robust agency banking and mobile money models promise to enhance such solutions. 

Errandpay is a fintech company operating across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, providing financial services providers with agency banking applications and affordable point of sales (PoS) terminals, amongst other innovative products for processing real-time transactions. 

The company’s agency banking solution is entirely white label and reduces major obstacles in go-to-market strategies banks experience. Banking stressors like recruiting and managing developers, setting and meeting timelines, projecting, collecting and aggregating vendors, negotiating with other banks, customer onboarding and documentation are eliminated. Time spent on these stressors is reduced from years, sometimes months, to days. 

Agency banking, also known as branchless banking, usually allows banks to expand their branches, reach and customers by using authorised agents who can offer banking services like deposit and credit facilities using authorised PoS machines. 

A more detailed description; Aliyu, an Hausa retailer in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, has been authorised to operate a PoS machine by a bank. Aliyu helps his family, neighbours, and friends send, receive and withdraw money using his PoS machine. Through Aliyu, the bank can reach more customers in indigenous areas. Aliyu can earn additional income from commissions from each transaction he processes on his PoS device. 

As an agent, Aliyu is in the best position to help his bank make lending decisions because he is more familiar with his customers. He knows their repayment capacity, financial stability, credit ratings, etc. These insights can help his bank maintain its asset quality. 

Errandpay is passionate about driving financial inclusion by ensuring its API can easily be integrated by any financial institution planning to leverage the platform to expedite its expansion plans across the continent.

In a recent chat with Errandpay’s Chief Technology Officer, CTO Paul Dureke, he explained that the platform helps facilitate the operations of other financial institutions, 

“Building technology is difficult and time-consuming, so we have made developer-friendly and easy-to-integrate APIs readily available for all our partners. From white labelled services to aggregation of major services and an ability to integrate seamlessly to any core banking platform in Africa, Errandpay’s features are fully customisable to the needs of any potential partner. Fintechs, MFBs and MFIs can worry less about building technologies and focus more on strengthening their structures through the platform”.

Errandpay’s vision is to transform authorised agents into human MFBs. However, this dream can only be actualised through more partnerships.

“As we have rightly seen in the past 10 years across the Sub Saharan Africa region, the fintech revolution has been chiefly driven by collaboration. One of ErrandPay’s core strategies is collaborations with Microfinance banks, financial institutions, Aggregators, agents, fintech companies and lots more. We have built our technology for ambitious banks, organisations, Founders and CEOs looking to scale super fast,” stated Paul Dureke. 

Since March 2022, Errandpay’s products have significantly improved many people’s financial lives through its 15 special fintech partners across Africa. The platform can facilitate lending, insurance and investment products, credit card payments, registration for different services and so on, while its partners avoid additional charges for using the platform.  
Onboarding on Errandpay is free. The platform is accessible on errandpay.com and/or its app on iOS and Android devices, while its ever-supportive technical team can be reached at hello@errandpay.com

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ARTSPLIT’S MOCONA Auction Grows Value Of Artworks By An Average Of 14% 

ARTSPLIT, the pioneer art trading platform for African art, closed its split and lease online auction MOCONA – a Modern and Contemporary African Arts, on Sunday, 31st of July, with a closing event and exhibition at Hourglass Gallery, attended by the creme of the Lagos art scene and exhibiting artists; Edosa Ogiugo, El-Dragg Okwoju and Abiodun Olaku. The total value of bids placed was $57,000 for the five artworks, with an average growth value of 14%.

Rite of Passage by Oliver Enwonwu

This first-of-its-kind auction, titled Ode to Mastery, took place from 15 – 31 July, and featured five prominent Nigerian artists who are key drivers of the contemporary art scene on the continent: Abiodun Olaku, Duke Asidere, Edosa Ogiugo, El-Dragg Okwoju and Oliver Enwonwu. 

The ARTSPLIT app allows users to own fractions of prominent African artworks, also known as “Splits,” and keep or trade them on the app if they win the “Split Auction.” The Splits allow multiple people to co-own a single iconic piece of art, which no other art platform allows. Users can also participate in a ‘Lease Auction’ on the app to win physical custody of these split artworks for a set period. 

ARTSPLIT curated the MOCONA Auction to further put African art and artists at the forefront. ARTSPLIT highlights the importance and value of the works, and welcomes a global audience to its app, where users can experience, invest and earn.

Each of the 5 artworks were divided into 100,000 units for auction. All works in the auction were fully subscribed to, and lease contracts on the works were taken up for the next 24 months. The artwork Euphoria by the artist El-Dragg Okwoju saw the most significant increase in value by 20%, with 100,000 units purchased under a Split contract, increasing the reserve price of 0.10 to 0.12, with a new value of $12,000. Market Day in Dalston, London by Edosa Ogiugo grew by 17% with a new value of $14,000; Rite of Passage by Oliver Enwonwu grew by 13% with a new value of $9,000; The Death of Honour by Duke Asidere grew by 10% with a new value of $11,000 and The Seeker (Portrait of a Beggar) by Abiodun Olaku grew by 10% with a new value of $100,000. The top markets by bid value are located in Nigeria, the UK and South Africa.

The event follows the successful inaugural auction held in May, where Ben Enwonwu’s 1977 artwork ‘Agbogho Mmuo’ from the Ogolo series was valued at $105,000, as well as ARTSPLIT’s debut at the 59th Venice Biennale, where the platform partnered with The African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF) and the South African pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. 

By presenting MOCONA, ARTSPLIT intends to raise the profile of these artists further and introduce them to a new set of diverse art collectors and investors, which would ultimately boost the status of both their works and the platform. Indeed, this is the new ART ECONOMY!

About ARTSPLIT:

ARTSPLIT is an art trading technology company driven by one common goal; enhancing the investment status of African art by allowing users to co-own rare and valuable artworks on a platform that guarantees price discovery and market liquidity.  

Our mission is to position African art & artists as the preferred alternative investment choice by developing the African art ecosystem through technology and co-ownership.  We believe that in this way, we can make wealth accessible through alternative investments. 

The platform (ARTSPLIT mobile app) allows art lovers to own fractions (also known as Splits) of prestigious African artworks, which they can trade in real-time. ARTSPLIT also provides opportunities for owners of investment-grade African art to list their works and have them evaluated and sold to members of our community. ARTSPLIT also offers advisory and management services for art collectors, which are personalised to requirements to manage art portfolios online fully and on offline platforms.

To find out more about ARTSPLIT, send an email at info@artsplit.com or visit www.artsplit.com.

You can also call or WhatsApp our mobile at +234(0)9088962169 and follow @artsplitofficial on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

ARTSPLIT can be downloaded on App Store and Google Play Store.

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ARTSPLIT Launches Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Arts (MOCONA) Auction

…With a VIP Closing Event on July 31st by 6 pm at Hourglass Gallery.

ARTSPLIT, the pioneering art trading platform for African art, will launch the maiden edition of a MOCONA (Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Arts) Auction for two weeks from 15 to 31 July 2022. This first-of-its-kind auction, titled Ode to Mastery, will feature five prominent Nigerian artists who are key drivers of the contemporary art scene on the continent: Abiodun Olaku, Duke Asidere, Edosa Ogiguo, El-Dragg Okwoju and Oliver Enwonwu.

The MOCONA auction will be a split auction, followed by a lease auction of individual works from the 5 artists. The works will also be available for physical viewing at Hourglass Gallery – 979 Saka Jojo St, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos for the duration of the auction. https://www.artsplit.com/mocona

The ARTSPLIT app allows users to own fractions of prominent African artworks, also known as “Splits,” and keep or trade them on the app if they win the “Split Auction.” The Splits allow multiple people to co-own a single iconic piece of art, which no other art platform allows. Users can also participate in a ‘Lease Auction’ on the app to win physical custody of these split artworks for a set period.

The MOCONA auction follows a successful inaugural auction held in May, where Ben Enwonwu’s 1977 artwork ‘Agbogho Mmuo’ from the Ogolo series was valued at $105,000, as well as ARTSPLIT’s debut at the 59th Venice Biennale, where the platform partnered with The African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF) and the South African pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.

The complete list of works available at the auction and links to buy splits are as follows:

Abiodun Olaku, ‘The Seeker’ (Portrait of a beggar), 1994

El-Dragg Okwoju, Euphoria, 2022

Duke Asidere, The Death of Honour, 2022
Edosa Ogiugo, Market Day in Dalston, London, 2017
Oliver Enwonwu, Rite of Passage, 2022

By presenting MOCONA, ARTSPLIT intends to raise the profile of these artists further and introduce them to a new set of diverse art collectors and investors, which would ultimately boost the status of both their works and the platform. Indeed, this is the new ART ECONOMY!

About the featured Artists

Famed for his highly finished and detailed depictions of Nigeria’s cities and landscapes, Abiodun Olaku is generally considered one of the country’s most accomplished oil painters. Olaku largely works in the traditional medium of oil; however, his work is not stuck in the past. The artist explores new horizons within established methods and techniques open to innovation.

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El-Dragg Okwoju is an esteemed oil painter known for his vibrant depictions of Nigerian culture. Women are the subject matter at the core of Okwoju’s practice, often caught in an abstracted and ephemeral moment of ordinary life like dancing and celebrating life.

Duke Asidere expresses himself in thick, bold strokes through various media, including pencil work, oil, acrylic, pastels and transparencies. Having been raised in a female household, he has become known for his inquisitive portrayal of women in works that explore concepts like politics, society, culture and psychology – his architectural series offers a fresh perspective of Africa and his number plate and spray series have underlying political statements. https://www.artsplit.com/mocona

Edosa Ogiguo is one of Nigeria’s most famous artists for his large canvasses of equestrian and dancing scenes. His fascination with horses began after a visit to his wife’s family in northern Nigeria. For Ogiugo, the technical challenges of mastering his subject matter inspire him more than anything else.

Oliver Enwonwu comes from a long line of remarkable artists, such as his grandfather, a reputable traditional sculptor, and his father, Ben Enwonwu, widely known and celebrated as Africa’s most celebrated pioneer modernist. Enwonwu interrogates the complex layers of history between Africa and the West in his work.

About ARTSPLIT:

ARTSPLIT is an art trading technology company driven by one common goal; enhancing the investment status of African art by allowing users to co-own rare and valuable artworks on a platform that guarantees price discovery and market liquidity.  Our mission is to position African art & artists as the preferred alternative investment choice by developing the African art ecosystem through technology and co-ownership.  We believe that in this way, we can make wealth accessible through alternative investments.

The platform (ARTSPLIT mobile app) allows art lovers to own fractions (also known as Splits) of prestigious African artworks, which they can trade in real-time. ARTSPLIT also provides opportunities for owners of investment-grade African art to list their works and have them evaluated and sold to members of our community.

ARTSPLIT also offers advisory and management services for art collectors, which are personalised to requirements to manage art portfolios online fully and on offline platforms.

To find out more about ARTSPLIT, send an email at info@artsplit.com or visit www.artsplit.com.

You can also call or WhatsApp our mobile at +234(0)9088962169 and follow @artsplitofficial on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

ARTSPLIT can be downloaded on App Store and Google Play Store.

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Nairaex Bids For More Industry Policies, Empowers Web3 Teams With Over N1 million

Nigeria’s most trusted cryptocurrency exchange company, Nairaex is building an enabling environment for the Web3 industry by empowering technology teams, advocating for more policies and regulations and sponsoring the Techpoint Africa Blockchain Summit at Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos.   

The Nairaex brand gave tech experts, Developer teams, Founders, blockchain entrepreneurs, policy experts and tech businesses an educative and indelible impression at the Summit showcasing emerging technologies like cryptocurrencies, NFTs and other innovations in the industry.

According to Nairaex, sponsoring the event is a part of its commitment to supporting blockchain development and driving education in Nigeria to stimulate technological growth. 

Speaking at a panel session on Web3 and regulations, Nairaex Growth Manager, Yomi Bilewomo said that, “There is room for the cryptocurrency industry to contribute to the rules and regulations governing them. Tech enthusiasts must explore a way for the government to have both the centralized and decentralized systems obtainable in Nigeria.”  

He added, “We believe that with proper regulations and support, the Cryptocurrency market can be an economic game changer for the country.” 

During the Summit, the hackathon also sponsored by Nairaex, saw judges from the tech and blockchain industry; Shard Labs Blockchain Engineer, Mayowa Tudonu; TalenQL and AltSchool Africa Co-founder, Sultan Akintunde; Africhange Chief Operating Officer, Ekene Egonu, and BetDemand Chief Executive Officer, Akinyemi Akindele and Crevatal Co-founder, Clement Hugbo award three Web3 teams for originality, design, relevance and innovation with a $2500 cash prize. 

Team Chemotronix with Africhange Chief Operating Officer, Ekene Egonu

Chemotronix Team emerged winner by receiving $1,250 (approximately N752,000) for building a prototype Internet of Things (IoT) device as part of its solution to reduce carbon emissions and other climate-related problems in Africa using the blockchain. Team Block Baddies won $750 (about N450,000) for creating a digital blockchain library that could be useful to African writers, while Team JPS earned $500 (Over N300,000) for its NFT market for digital fashion assets.

Team Block Baddies with Africhange Chief Operating Officer, Ekene Egonu
Team JPS with Africhange Chief Operating Officer, Ekene Egonu

While conversing with pressmen at the Summit, Yomi stated that funding the hackathon was an attempt to encourage more innovative blockchain-based solutions and urge more industry players to build blockchain communities in Nigeria. 

Nairaex also gave 20 Nigerian tech enthusiasts free tickets to attend the Summit through an engaging media campaign. 

Since inception, the company has been at the forefront of driving blockchain innovation,  education and regulations while providing a safe and secure platform for its users to fund their accounts easily and quickly. Nairaex, a product of Africhange Technologies, is a leading cryptocurrency exchange platform that enables on and off ramp bitcoin transactions. For more information, visit nairaex.com 

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ARTSPLIT Is Set To Redefine The African Art Space With Its Maiden Online Lease Auction.

ARTSPLIT, the trail-blazing art tech platform, successfully held its first online “Lease Auction” from Monday, the 18th of April, culminating on Friday the 22nd of April 2022, just two weeks after its live debut on the 8th of April 2022. The first of its kind auction was well received by its diverse community of collectors, with the 6-months lease of two artworks by iconic African artists with their works going for $1,185.19 and $1,128.75, respectively.

The ARTSPLIT app allows its users to own fractions, also known as “Splits,” of prominent African artworks and keep or trade them on the app if they win in the “Split Auction.”

These Splits enable multiple individuals to co-own a single iconic piece of art, which is not possible on any other art platform. ARTSPLIT also allows users to participate in a ‘Lease Auction’ on the app to win physical custody of these split artworks for a set period.

Untitled” (2014) by Abdoulaye ‘Aboudia’ Diarrassouba

The two artworks that were auctioned were “Untitled” (2014) by Abdoulaye ‘Aboudia’ Diarrassouba, an Ivorian contemporary artist, and “A Still Life of Fruit with A Spanish City Beyond” (1962) by the late prominent South African artist, Irma Stern. Both works had been up for auction from Monday, the 18th of April and were due to close by midnight Friday, April 22, 2022. A flurry of late bids by enthusiastic users looking to outbid each other ensured an exciting finish to a competitive auction! For the excited winners, they will have the works delivered to them for the duration of the lease period.

“A Still Life of Fruit with A Spanish City Beyond” (1962)

Aboudia chronicles the street scene in his city of Abidjan. In his vibrant, large-scale mixed-media paintings and drawings, inspired from the aesthetics of graffiti and traditional African carvings. For Irma Stern, one of South Africa’s most outstanding artists. Africa was her “Paradise,” which inspired her artistic creativity.

The success of the lease auction is another inspiring milestone for ARTSPLIT. It demonstrates the importance of democratizing ownership of prestigious African artworks, with ARTSPLIT granting this access to a global community of art lovers. Another significance of the success of the auctions is proof of the impressive acceptance and adoption ARTSPLIT has garnered from the art community across regions and nationalities, driving the integration of African art into the global art landscape.

Hannatu Ageni-Yusuf, ARTSPLIT’s Global Head of Marketing and Communications, stated, “It has been over a week since we began our soft launch, and the reception has exceeded our expectations.” We are currently gathering feedback from our early users to improve the app’s offerings. Collectors have so far been captivated by the catalogue feature, which allows major collectors to create a digital catalogue of their collection with a planned AI feature that will provide an indicative valuation of these works based on trade data.”

The excitement does not stop here; there are still amazing artworks up for split and lease auctions on the platform. These auctions are always available and take place in real-time.

You can download ARTSPLIT HERE on the Android Play Store or iOS app store, sign up and start buying and trading with as little as $10 and become a co-owner and gain physical custodianship of any of the artworks up for auction.

Hello and welcome to the new ART ECONOMY!

About Artsplit

ARTSPLIT Limited is art trading technology company driven by one common goal: Raising African Art’s global profile by building a diverse community of African art collectors and investors. We are on a mission to introduce art as a currency and make it more accessible to invest, trade and collect African art.

Our platform (ARTSPLIT mobile app) allows art lovers to own fractions (also known as Splits) of prestigious African artworks, which they can trade in real-time. ARTSPLIT also provides opportunities for owners of investment-grade African art to list their works and have them evaluated and sold to members of our community.

ARTSPLIT also offers advisory and management services for art collectors which are personalised to requirements to manage art portfolios online fully and on offline platforms. To find out more about ARTSPLIT, send us an email at info@artsplit.com or visit www.artsplit.com.

 You can also call or WhatsApp our mobile at +234(0)9088962169 and follow @artsplitofficial on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Engaging The Government Is Crucial To The Technology And Innovation Ecosystem – VFD Group’s Executive Director, Niyi Adenubi.

As many organizations pivot to the technology industry and emerging markets continue to evolve, engaging governments and policy leaders has become imperative for corporate bodies to improve economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Niyi Adenubi who leads the Governance, Government & Subsidiary Relations at VFD Group Plc, a sector agnostic, proprietary investment company, has encouraged top and budding players in the innovation ecosystem to engage the relevant stakeholders for the development of the sector.

Speaking at a panel session on “the role of regulation & ease of doing business in reviving employment” at the LSETF Employment Summit in Lagos, Niyi stressed that, “Tech enthusiasts need to be in the room where policy conversations are being had to create a macro-environment that empowers diverse communities.”

On building these inclusive communities, he added that, “VFD Group is a sector investor and is constantly on the lookout for spirited engagements that can further growth. We believe engagement is important and we are always ready to start these conversations. Fintech has been exciting for us and we see other relevant sectors growing. We are encouraged by the government of Lagos State and we will do more to drive the conversation.”

Adenubi’s session which was moderated by Managing Partner, TNP, Baba Alakolaro, had in attendance intelligent and resourceful individuals from the corporate world including Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole; CEO, Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Olaoye Jaiyeola; Stears Head of Intelligence, Michael Famoroti and CEO, Happy Coffee, Princess Adeyinka Tekenah.

Adenubi is a financier and investor with more than 15 years of experience working in Private Equity, Venture Capital, Financial Advisory, Institutional and Corporate banking, Investment management and other consulting sectors. He has played exceptional advisory roles to numerous firms in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, most notably with the Royal Bank of Scotland and ATOS Consulting.

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Vbank Makes Valentine Extra Special For Singles At Trueflutter Love Fest

Nigeria’s leading digital bank, Vbank made the season of Valentine extra special by bringing single men and women together to mingle and connect with potential partners at the Trueflutter Love Fest, CCX Lounge, Lagos. 

Cupid’s golden arrows struck many unattached men and women as they celebrated love, danced together, played fun party games and tasted exotic food and cocktails. 

Beautiful women in sultry dresses were serenaded by charming men while they participated in games in different teams. Two lucky singles won luxurious prizes; a Spa and Dinner date at facilities in the city. Vbank spiced up the day further by ensuring more singles won gift items from a raffle draw. 

The day of romance was filled with sweet conversations, chemistry and laughter as many passionate people had the opportunity to shoot shots at each other. In the spirit of love, a free photo booth sponsored by the digital bank captured many memories as toasts were made to the future.  

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Abiola Bonuola Announces Tech PR Agency For African Startups, VCs And Entrepreneurs

As the world-wide appetite for Africa’s tech ecosystem increases, Public Relations Consultant, Abiola Bonuola who focuses on PR for tech businesses, last weekend, announced the launch of Abiola Bonuola Communications (ABCS), a public relations agency for African startups, VCs and entrepreneurs. According to her, the new agency will help brands tell their unique stories to their audience and attract more investments for startups in the continent. 

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, ABCS will usher in new opportunities for the communications industry and tech community while delivering high-quality services to its clients. The company boasts of a team of well experienced and dedicated tech writers, visual designers and account managers who have worked on numerous PR campaigns for tech startups in Africa. 

Since inception in 2021, the company has had an interesting list of clients across fintech, femtech, transport tech and health tech, some of which include Bossbus, Shecluded, VFD Group and several others. 

Speaking at the launch, Abiola stated, “ABCS will be a catalyst to African growth. We understand the realities that tech startups face, so we are currently offering Tech PR services specifically tailored to their needs.”

She added, “The success of the ecosystem depends on how well the African story is being told and we are happy to support the industry with the right insights for a better reputation.”

ABCS seeks to be the PR Manager to Africa’s innovation world. To contact the Agency, African entrepreneurs, startups and VCs can reach out at abiola@abcs.africa or hello@abcs.africa.

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Laycon Dazzles Fans With Captivating Performance At Vbank Icons Fest

It was all vibes and thrills for Fierce Nation fans as BBNaija Lockdown Winner and upcoming rapper, Laycon stunned all his fans and delivered a captivating performance at the Vbank funded Icons Fest in Lagos.

The 28-year-old rapper took to the stage to perform all his songs including singles from his three albums; ‘Shall We Begin’, ‘I am Laycon’ and ‘Who Is Laycon’ featuring hits like Hip Hop, Drunk In Love, Fall for me, Verified, god Body and many more.

The Icons Fest which was hosted by Kenny Blaq had popular Afrobeat artists and celebrities; Mr Real, Bella Shmurda, Zlatan, Small Doktor, Ruger, LAX, BlaqBonez, Joeboy, Neo, IllBliss and WhiteMoney in attendance.

Laycon was cheered on by BBNaija ex-housemates; Nengi, Beatrice, Niyi, JayPaul, Sammie, Yerins, Boma, Tacha and Anto who showed up for the Star in stylish casual outfits.

In its commitment to empowering entrepreneurs and business owners in Nigeria, Vbank had

an inbuilt Vbank experience centre where the audience could participate in games and fun activities and win different prizes.

Speaking on the Icons Fest sponsorship, Senior Product Manager, Vbank; Ebere Ahaotu stated that, “We care about entrepreneurs like Laycon who are driven, innovative and not afraid to take chances. He has proven to be a force in the industry with his strong fan base and musical prowess. To us, he represents the ultimate entrepreneur and we can’t wait to see him thrive in his journey.”

Vbank is Nigeria’s foremost digital bank powered by VFD Microfinance Bank. For more information, visit vbank.ng

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