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Nigerians React As Twitter Goes To Ghana

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Nigerians React As Twitter Goes To Ghana

Yesterday (Monday, April 13, 2021), Twitter’s Founder, Jack Dorsey announced that the micro-blogging site will be headquartered in Ghana.

“Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana and @NAkufoAddo. #TwitterGhana,” Dorsey tweeted.

The announcement has since set Twittersphere abuzz, as Nigerians took to Twitter to register their opinions.

While some Nigerians blamed the choice on policies said to negatively affect the ease of doing business in Nigeria, others claimed the government’s clampdown on protesters during the #EndSARS protests contributed to Twitter’s decision to choose Ghana.

“Maybe Jack couldn’t get SIM card,” Nimueh Anacksunamun, tweeted.

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Meanwhile, Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanian president, has welcomed the development.

“The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country,” the president tweeted in reply to Dorsey’s tweet.

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Airtel Nigeria Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

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Surendran Appointed As New Chief Executive Officer Of Airtel Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria, a telecommunication company, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mr. C Surendran as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with effect from Aug. 1, 2021.

Airtel made the disclosure on Wednesday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Surendran would also be appointed to the Executive Committee (ExCo) as Regional Operating Director, reporting to the CEO of Airtel Africa plc, and onto the Board of Airtel Networks (Nigeria) Limited.

READ ALSO: Ogunsanya Appointed As CEO, Airtel Africa

Surendran replaces Mr. Olusegun Ogunsanya who has been appointed as the Managing Director of Airtel Africa plc with effect from  Oct. 1, 2021.

“Surendran has been with Bharti Airtel since 2003 and has contributed immensely in various roles across customer experience, sales and business operations.

“He was the Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka, which is the largest circle in Airtel India, with over one billion dollars in revenue.

“Surendran delivered an exceptional performance with significant movement in Revenue Market Share (RMS) over last few years, currently at 54 percent. He has over 30 years of business experience, including 15 years at Xerox, ” the statement said.

Airtel said that Surendran would transition into his new role from June 1, 2021, and spend the time onboarding into the business until  July 31, 2021.

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Flutterwave Makes The List On TIME’s 2021 Most Influential Companies

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Flutterwave Makes The List On TIME’s 2021 Most Influential Companies

Flutterwave, a Nigerian fintech firm, @theflutterwave, has been named a “Pioneer” on TIME’s 2021 list of the 100 Most Influential Companies in the World.

In a list, which includes big wigs like Apple, Twitter, and Stripe, the firm makes history as the only African company to make it this year.

The list was divided into 5 categories; Pioneers, Leaders, Innovators, Disruptors, and Titans.

READ ALSO: Dangote Refinery Listed Among World’s Most Influential Projects

TIME reports that the fintech company was chosen for its efforts in recharging retailers after the pandemic slowed travel in Nigeria.

Flutterwave co-founder and CEO, Olugbenga Agboola, explained that the digital payment provider launched a free promotion called “keeping the lights on.”

When pandemic lockdowns hit brick-and-mortar businesses in Africa, the digital payment service was able to rapidly set up digital storefronts for 20,000 customers, throwing them a lifeline.

Agboola, compares the infrastructure of digital transactions across nations and platforms, “you don’t want to think about it, you just want it to work.”

The Flutterwave CEO called the free campaign “keeping the lights on.”

It would be recalled that Flutterwave hit tech-unicorn status in March when it secured 170 million dollars in Series C funding from global investors, valuing the company at more than one billion dollars.

TIME gathered nominations from its global network of editors and correspondents, as well as industry experts, to compile the list.

Health care, entertainment, transportation, technology, and a variety of other industries are among those represented.

The relevance, impact, innovation, leadership, ambition, and success of each company were then evaluated.

Other companies listed under ‘Pioneers’ include Rihanna’s SAVAGE X FENTY, Bumble, Beyond Meat, Hello Sunshine, Strava, Klutch Sports Group.

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Interswitch Commences Sale of 2021 JAMB ePINs

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Interswitch Commences Sale of 2021 JAMB ePINs

Interswitch Group, Africa’s leading technology-driven company focused on the digitization of payments in Africa has announced the opening of its platform for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registrations.

Parents and guardians of prospective candidates intending to register for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) can now obtain their ePINs from enabled Interswitch platforms such as Quickteller Mobile App/Web, Quickteller Paypoint (Agents), via payment with Interswitch WebPAY on JAMB’s website and through payment using Interswitch Paydirect at any bank branch nationwide from Thursday, April 8, 2021.

READ ALSO: UTME: JAMB To Prosecute Offenders Of Admissions Process

The Interswitch platforms simplifies the registration process and eliminates the cumbersome JAMB registration process faced by many candidates nationwide. Registration for the exam (UTME) will last for six weeks and end on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Candidates are advised to optimize this registration period.

For a seamless registration process, prospective candidates including those registering from foreign countries should follow these easy steps:

1. Candidates should obtain the National Identification Number (NIN), this is mandatory

2. SMS ‘NIN’, space, & your 11-digit NIN number to 55019 e.g [NIN 00123456789]. Note that there should be a space between the word ‘NIN’ and your 11-digit NIN.

3. You’ll receive an SMS with your 10-digit profile code and your registered NIN name.

4. Visit JAMB website, click purchase of 2021 application document, and enter your 10-digit

5. Select ‘Pay Online’ to pay on the website via Interswitch or pay via the Quickteller website/app or at the nearest Quickteller Paypoint outlet.

6. Your ePIN will be delivered to your registered telephone number.

READ ALSO: UTME: Beware Of Fraudsters, Rumour-Mongers, JAMB Warns Public

The cost of registration is N3,500 as directed by Federal Government since 2018. However, each candidate will also pay an additional N500 for reading text to be provided by CBT Centres at the point of registration. Consequently, every prospective candidate will pay a total of N4,000.

According to Tomi Ogunlesi, Group Head, Corporate Marketing, “At Interswitch, as the leading enabler of electronic transaction solutions in Nigeria, we have provided a variety of payment platforms that are reliable, user-friendly and secure, to ensure JAMB’s UTME registration process is seamless for prospective candidates”.

“Since our accreditation by JAMB in 2017, Interswitch has successfully enabled a seamless registration process for UTME candidates. Our services are available online, across more than 18,000 ATMs, at all bank branches nationwide and through over 32,000 Quickteller Paypoint Agents across Nigeria” Ogunlesi added.

 

 

About Interswitch

Interswitch is a leading technology-driven company focused on the digitization of payments in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Founded in 2002, Interswitch disrupted the traditional cash-based payments value chain in Nigeria by supporting the introduction of electronic payments processing and switching services.

Today, Interswitch is a leading player with critical mass in Nigeria’s developing financial ecosystem and is active across the payments value chain, providing a full suite of omni-channel payment solutions. Interswitch’s vision is to make payments a seamless part of everyday life in Africa, and its mission is to create transaction solutions that enable individuals and communities to prosper across Africa. Interswitch’s broad network and robust payments platform have been instrumental to the development of the Nigerian payments ecosystem and provide Interswitch with the infrastructure to expand across Africa.

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