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20 JANUARY, 2022


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Snapchat is making it more durable for teenagers throughout the US to purchase medicine. 

Final 12 months, the platform was linked to a number of drug overdoses as teenagers had begun utilizing the messaging function to order opiates. 

Now, Snap is limiting entry to minor accounts. The brand new replace would require individuals who need to connect with customers beneath 18 to have a “sure variety of buddies” in frequent with that particular person. 

The platform additionally introduced that it now detects 88% of drug-related exercise.

In in the present day’s version

  • Strengthening native currencies with PAPSS
  • How Moni Africa is financing cellular cash brokers
  • Topship units sail
  • 5G is grounding flights 
  • Alternatives


Afreximbank, African Union, and the AfCTA, have introduced the launch of a pan-African cost system: the pan-African Fee and Settlement System (PAPSS)

What does it do?

It removes using the greenback and different third currencies within the transaction matrix, providing a brand new alternative to create demand for, and strengthen native currencies. 

Meaning with PAPSS, Nigerians will pay for Kenyan merchandise utilizing naira, whereas the Kenyan distributors obtain funds in Kenyan shillings, all inside 120 seconds.

Presently, most intra-African transactions contain consumers changing native currencies to {dollars} first, and sending the greenback quantity to distributors. Distributors then need to convert the {dollars} to their native forex.

PAPSS desires to make this a single fluid course of. 


To assist MSMEs. 

MSMEs on the continent lose as much as $5 billion yearly to forex conversion, and so they lose hours battling with it as effectively. With PAPSS, small companies save money and time on clearance and transactional prices. 

Who can use PAPSS now?

PAPSS has been launched in six West African international locations—Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone—that make up the West African Financial Zone (WAMZ) however there are plans to launch it in different international locations. 

For now, customers who need to strive it out have to use on the PAPSS web site.

Zoom out: Like reporter Alexander Onwukwe states, PAPSS isn’t with out its personal hitches. It doesn’t remedy all fragmentation points, and African currencies will nonetheless be topic to devaluation by weak financial productiveness, and socio-political occasions.


The place there’s life, there’s hope. And in Nigeria, the place there’s a store, there’s a financial institution!

Company banking within the nation has skilled sharp development up to now 5 years from 11,000 brokers in 2017, to 230,000 in 2019. Whereas this development is due partly to the pandemic, different components such because the affordability of formal banking establishments, and even the gap to the establishments play a big position. 

About 60% of those brokers double as retail shops or casual merchants and whereas this development is on the rise, sure obstacles are additionally in tow. To function profitably, fixed entry to money is required nearly each time as the majority of transactions achieved by POS are withdrawals. Nevertheless, most brokers wouldn’t have such liquidity and find yourself accruing 20–30% in expense to rebalance and handle liquidity.

Mainly, they spend lots on a number of visits to banks and queueing up for withdrawals. 

How Moni Africa helps

Moni Africa is a float-as-a-service startup that gives low-interest loans to communities of cellular cash brokers by a referral and belief vetting system. 

The startup operates a neighborhood lending system it claims has helped obtain a 99.9% compensation price. Underneath this technique, teams of lenders have communal relations, share joint duty for loans collectively taken, and ensure each other doesn’t default to make sure the sustainability of the road of credit score.

At first, Moni disbursed over 1,000 loans utilizing WhatsApp and Google kind earlier than ultimately constructing out the cellular platform that fulfils agent credit score requests in lower than 5 minutes. The platform has been capable of disburse over $5 million (₦2 billion) by 10,000 loans to hundreds of brokers, and its default price is presently at 0.1%.


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“Our overarching aim is to make transport out and in of Africa as simple as reserving an Uber or Airbnb,” Moses Enenwali, founder and CEO of Topship, a Nigerian logistics startup digitising freight, cargo and parcel transport, mentioned to us. 

That’s an bold assertion from an organization that was working solely on Instagram simply 18 months in the past.

Nicely, seems to be just like the startup is not only transport guarantees, it’s additionally transport merchandise and making unbelievable tractions which will put it heading in the right direction arriving at its big ambition.

Since launch, Topship has raised $300,000 pre-seed, constructed an online app that handles an end-to-end cargo expertise and pivoted from an Instagram enterprise to a full-fledge tech startup. The startup additionally has over 1,800 customers and has accomplished over 7,000 profitable shipments. 

In more moderen information, Topship was introduced as one of many startups that acquired into Y Combinator’s Winter Batch of 2022.

Zoom out: It’s nonetheless the early days of Topship’s voyage into the enterprise realm. The startup continues to mannequin itself after Flexport, one other YC firm and one of many largest transport firms on the earth.



Quidax makes it simple to purchase, promote, ship, and retailer bitcoin (BTC), USDT, ethereum (ETH), and different cryptocurrencies. It’s also possible to use Quidax’s API to supply cryptocurrency companies to your prospects.

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A number of airways together with Emirates, Japan Airways and Air India, introduced this week that they might be cancelling flights to the US and it’s not due to Covid. 

What’s up?

It’s undoubtedly not Boeing 777 planes. 

Over the previous 5 years, cell carriers within the US, AT & T and Verizon, have been growing 5G bands and the launch for C-band was scheduled for this week. 

Aspect-bar: C-band is taken into account the worldwide frequency for 5G the world over. It presents extra bandwidth, extra pace, and with it, customers can stream motion pictures in 4K decision or obtain gigabytes value of information in seconds. It’s super-fast, and it seems to have tremendous penalties as effectively. 

The Federal Aviation Company (FAA) and a few airways have been towards the launch of C-band as a result of the tech might intervene with the radar altimeters pilots use to land in low-visibility situations. Boeing 777 planes particularly are topic to this consequence, because the FAA explains. 

In accordance with estimates, there might be 1,000 flight disruptions per day if C-band is rolled out. 

What’s going to occur now?

AT & T and Verizon have agreed to quickly halt rollout in places near airports, however they’re not comfortable about it. 

In accordance with the carriers, 5G’s C-band has been deployed in 40 international locations with out disrupting aviation companies. The FAA had two years to utilise security precautions, so why didn’t they?


  • The Digital Transport for Africa (DT4A) Innovation Problem is now open to enterprises targeted on enhancing and implementing sustainable mobility of the transport sector on the continent. Chosen candidates will be awarded $30,000 to implement new initiatives. Race to the end line.
  • Ecologists are welcome to use for the British Ecological Society (BES) Ecologists in Africa Grants. The programme gives ecologists engaged on distinctive analysis funds of as much as £8,000 ($10,800) to develop their expertise and expertise. See if you happen to match!
  • Innovators within the MENA area are invited to use for the Thought For Meals (TFF) MENA Agri-Meals-Tech Problem. Entrepreneurs engaged on programmes that develop meals methods can apply for an opportunity to win as much as $8,000, on-line coaching, and entry to TFF’s digital labs collaboration platform. Assume away!


Fincra is a cost infrastructure that gives fintechs, on-line platforms, and world companies with dependable cost options for fast collections and payouts in numerous currencies. You possibly can achieve entry to Fincra’s funds platform or combine their APIs for seamless funds processing. 

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Written by – Timi Odueso & Damilare Dosunmu

Edited by – Kelechi Njoku


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