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After a series of postponements on barring SIMs that have not been linked to the National Identity Number (NIN) database in Nigeria, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) finally gave the directive to bar all unlinked SIMs by April 4, 2022.
In its second-quarter report for 2022, Airtel Africa reported that “a total of 13.6 million customers were initially barred, out of which 5.3 million (39%) have subsequently submitted their NIN and 2.3 million (17%) have subsequently been verified and unbarred.”
Also, the revenue of subscribers who were barred accounted for around 7% of Airtel Africa’s total revenue from the country and about 3% of total revenue from all its markets on the continent. Nevertheless, Airtel Africa’s Nigeria operations still recorded an increase in revenue for voice, data, mobile money, and others.
Similarly, MTN Nigeria’s recorded a quarter-on-quarter increase in revenue for Q2 2022. The directive affected 19 million of the company's subscribers, 2.6 million of which have been reactivated.
Like Airtel, MTN Nigeria also attributed up to 7% of its revenue to the affected subscribers. “The voice revenue generated in 2021, I emphasise 2021, by the subscribers who are yet to be reactivated as of the 30th of June, amounted to approximately 7% of the total service revenue versus 9% as of 31st of March 2022.”
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In this edition:
- African startups raised $193 million in August 2022
- Insights from social media
- Intelligence project updates
African startups raised $182 million in August 2022
Twenty-six African startups raised a combined $182 million in August 2022, just 1.43% less than the amount in July 2022. Financial Services startups accounted for 52% of the amount raised in the month, followed by Media and Marketplaces, with 18.4% and 9.3%, respectively.
TeamApt’s $50 million Series C round accounted for over a quarter of the amount raised.
- Total announced deals in July 2022 – $182.13 million
- Financial Services received $95.25 million, 52.3% of the amount raised
- Nigeria had the largest share with $81.8 million
- Other top African countries
- Egyptian startups raised $44.9 million
- Kenya startups raised $25.4 million
- 28 disclosed funding deals
- 15 seed rounds
- 4 pre-seed rounds
- Top deals of the month
- TeamApt’s $50 million Series C
- ArabyEds’s $30 million Series B
- iProcure’s $10.2 million Series B
- DataProphet’s $10 million Series A
Other African updates
- Microtraction’s $15m Community Fund for early-stage African startups
- Oui Capital completed its $30 million second fund, Oui Capital Mentors Fund II
- Algerian Startup Fund’s $411 million for local startups
- Kenyan conversational e-commerce startup Elloe acquires Flo by Saada
- SA fintech company Retail Capital acquired by TymeBank
From our social media
- Nigeria got $7.27 billion in loans from China between 2002 and 2019
- Since 2002, China has loaned 50 African countries a combined $159.9 billion
- There are more females with at least five credits, including English and Mathematics than males from WAEC examinations between 2019 and 2021
- Within the first six months of 2022, 2,409 Nigerians were issued US immigrant visas
- Ogun State mined the highest amount of solid mineral products in 2021
- Animals have been responsible for missing Nigerian funds to the tune of ₦17.27 billion between 2018 and August 2022
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