👨🏿‍🚀TechCabal Every day – Every little thing is up at Jumia

18 MAY, 2022


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Apple has a brand new replace, and many individuals are biting again. 

In response to an replace on the App Retailer, subscriptions will now auto-renew with out the customers’ express permission, even when the subscription value has been elevated. That is topic to a few circumstances connected to the value improve. 

Apple says that it’s making these modifications to cease customers from unintentionally lacking out on subscriptions due to value will increase. 🤨 The corporate has, by some means, determined that the majority customers discover it troublesome to pick out a “Renew subscription” button as soon as a month. 

That is positively a type of updates Android customers aren’t bragging about “having it first”.

In at this time’s version

  • What’s up with Elon and Twitter?
  • Jumia releases its Q1 2022 report
  • CASF’s first Kenyan funding
  • Kenya strikes to dam Safaricom’s income
  • Alternatives


* Information as of 06:00 AM WAT, Could 18, 2022.


A month after he supplied to purchase Twitter for $44 billion, billionaire Elon Musk is but to shut out the deal. Musk has been tweeting forwards and backwards between his plans at no cost speech on Twitter and his concern for Twitter’s reported person base. 

Days after accepting Musk’s supply, Twitter revealed—in its Q1 2021 earnings—that it had over-counted its each day customers for over 3 years. From 2019 to 2021, about 1.9 million customers per quarter have been overstated.

Then final week, Reuters printed a report stating that 5% of Twitter’s 229 million customers are spam bots. 

This, usually, wouldn’t be an issue since everybody is aware of spam bots are on most social media platforms. However one in every of Musk’s plans for Twitter is to knock out spam bots. Days after Reuters’s report, Musk tweeted that the Twitter acquisition deal can be placed on maintain till he may affirm Twitter’s calculations. After his tweet, Twitter’s inventory value dropped by 20% whereas Tesla’s plummeted by 6%.

And now

Within the newest information, Musk claims that spam bots make up 20% of Twitter’s each day customers—about 4x Twitter’s reported numbers. Final week, Musk acknowledged his perception that 20% of Twitter customers are pretend accounts.

In response, Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal, reiterated Twitter’s stance that solely 5% of its customers are spam. 

Musk responded with his personal tweet on Tuesday stating that the Twitter deal can’t transfer ahead till Twitter reveals proof of the 5%. Musk additionally known as on the US Securities and Trade Fee (SEC) to research Twitter’s numbers. 

In every thing, Twitter and its shareholders should win. If Musk buys, they get the billion-dollar payday, and if he doesn’t, the billionaire must pay Twitter a $1 billion termination charge. 


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Jumia has been granted its Fee Service Resolution Supplier (PSSP) License for JumiaPay.

In its Q1 2022 monetary report launched yesterday, the e-commerce large revealed that the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, in April 2022, granted it the licence. Which means that the corporate is now licensed to determine cost processing portals and develop cost options. In response to Jumia, it means they will now course of funds on behalf of third events. 

That is positive to spice up JumiaPay’s numbers, which noticed a 36.7% whole portfolio worth (TPV) improve from $51.7 million in Q1 2021 to $70.7 million in Q1 2022.

Every little thing remains to be up at Jumia

The monetary report additionally highlights Jumia’s wins within the first quarter of 2022.

In response to it, orders on Jumia skilled a 40% year-over-year (YoY) improve in its first quarter. In comparison with Q1 2021 when 6.6 million orders have been made, Jumia processed a staggering 9.3 million orders from January to March 2022. 

Its gross merchandise quantity (GMV)—which is the entire worth of merchandise offered—additionally elevated by 27% YoY. Income elevated by 44% YoY whereas its quarterly lively subscribers elevated by 28.7%, from 2.4 million in Q1 2021 to three.1 million in Q1 2022.

As was with its final 2 quarters, the fastest-growing class on Jumia is its fast-moving-consumer-goods sector which grew by 180% YoY. Its meals supply class got here second with an 86% YoY progress. 

On the draw back, Jumia’s working loss can be up by 64%—because of elevated progress investments, it claims.

Venturing into healthtech

Within the report, Jumia additionally introduced its enterprise into healthtech in a worldwide partnership which is able to see it launch Assembly Medical doctors, an e-doctor service to assist “employees, sellers and customers generally entry docs remotely for a month-to-month subscription charge of round $1”.


A variety of nice issues are going to Kenya.

Over the past quarter, a number of world gamers have introduced some type of funding within the East African nation. Google, Mastercard, Visa, and even Nigeria’s Eden Life, have all launched an workplace or a studio within the nation’s capital, and this indicators a booming tech financial system in Kenya. 

In newer information, the Cairo Angels Syndicate Fund (CASF) has additionally introduced its first funding in Kenya via FlexPay, a fintech startup.

Launched in 2020 by the Cairo Angels, CASF is a micro enterprise capital fund that’s investing $100,000–$250,000 tickets in post-seed and pre-series A startups within the Center East and Africa. Since launch, the fund has invested in 2 startups throughout 2 international locations together with Egypt’s Nawah Scientific and UAE’s QiDZ App.

Kenya’s FlexPay is the fund’s third disclosed funding and its second in Africa. Based in 2016 by Richard Machomba, FlexPay is a web-based and offline cost gateway that permits retailers to supply interest-free focused financial savings to their prospects in Africa. The startup reportedly grew its GMV by 500% over the previous 12 months. 

“We’re thrilled to have The Cairo Angels as buyers as we plan to develop and scale to extra markets in Africa,” stated CEO Richard Machomba in a press release despatched to TechCabal. “As Africa’s first merchant-embedded saving-based buy expertise that rewards prospects for saving (Save Now, Purchase Later), we goal to unravel the un-affordability hole for the massive under-banked African inhabitants with out subjecting them to the debt lure.” 

The startup additionally introduced that along with the funding, it would work with the CASF on FlexPay’s enlargement into different African markets together with Nigeria, and Egypt.



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The Kenyan authorities is shifting to regulate the cell termination charges (MTR) that Safaricom fees rivals for terminating calls on its community. 

That is based mostly on new rules set by the federal government to cease dominant telecoms like Safaricom from making income from cell termination charges (MTRs). The objective, in line with the federal government, is to guard small telecommunications corporations and to encourage wholesome competitors. 

Sidebar: Cellular termination charges are the prices concerned in offering phone providers in an space. Calls, particularly long-distance ones, contain 3 features: origination of the decision, transportation of the decision sign, and termination of the decision from the receiving firm. All of those 3 features could also be managed by separate firms. In Kenya, Safaricom controls the vast majority of the voice name market which additionally signifies that most calls from different networks are terminated on its service. Presently, opponents pay Ksh0.99 (~ $0.1) per minute per name terminated on Safaricom’s community. 

How Safaricom’s opponents have been faring

Kenyan telcos reportedly made $2.4-billion in income final 12 months with Safaricom taking 82.4% of the voice income, 78.4% of knowledge, 83.8% of SMS, and 97% of different cell providers.

That is inclusive of the charges that Safaricom reportedly fees Kenyan rivals like Airtel and Telkom who say that the present charges are making it unduly hectic for them to compete with Safaricom. Airtel claims that it pays Safaricom $2.6 million each month or $31 million every year in MTRs. 

The way in which ahead

With new authorities rules, Safaricom will autonomously cost charges to cowl the prices of interconnecting calls from its opponents however not MTRs. Telcos will be capable of negotiate mutually acceptable MTR charges. Nevertheless, if the larger telecoms like Safaricom fail to strike a good cope with the smaller ones, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) might be pressured to set decrease charges to permit the smaller telcos to compete with the dominant ones. 

The brand new regulation units the stage for these modifications, the Kenya Info and Communication (Interconnection) Rules 2022, and likewise permits the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to regulate Safaricom’s charges of interconnecting calls. It will solely occur if Safaricom controls greater than 25% of cell providers revenues which it already does. All this, in fact, is topic to publication within the Kenya Gazzette, the official publication of the Kenyan authorities. Till then, the CA can’t implement it.



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Written by – Timi Odueso & Ngozi Chukwu

Edited by – Kelechi Njoku


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