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3 Nigerian startups make VC4A Venture Showcase shortlist

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Three Nigerian startups — Aspire Power Solutions, QuickCheck and SeamlessHR ,— have been shortlisted among the 10 African startups selected for the 2020 C4A Venture Showcase Series A.

In a statement released on the website of the organising body, the selected startups will demonstrate strong revenues and competitive edge, while also ensuring they impact their immediate environments.

“We are proud to announce the 10 African startups selected for the 2020 C4A Venture Showcase Series A. The founders will showcase their businesses online in front of investors during the frica Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2020) n November 3-4 2020 ith the aim of raising $500,000-$10million in Series A capital.

“To ensure that innovative high-growth ventures that have the potential to yield high social and environmental impact secure the capital they require, it is imperative we continue efforts to establish a strong Series A market. Improved access to liquidity and downstream funding supports the development of a strong African startup ecosystem, and further propels a still nascent but fast-growing early-stage investing movement gaining traction across the continent.

“The 10 companies in the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A portfolio represent the best Series A investment opportunities on the continent. They have been vetted by VC investors through a rigorous referral and selection process. They demonstrate strong revenues and competitive edge, are well-positioned for regional and international expansion and are working on important innovations in the healthcare, finance, transport, commerce and advertising sectors.

“The founders will showcase their businesses online in front of investors with the aim of raising $500,000-$10 million in Series A capital. All companies provide technology-intensive or innovation-based products or services that are currently available in one or more African markets,” the statement read.

Aspire Power Solutions provides Nigerians round the clock power at a fraction of their current costs and with unparalleled service.

QuickCheck is a one-stop platform for all your financial needs in Nigeria. The startup provides financial services to underserved consumers through data science and a smartphone app. It builds a credit profile and enables Nigerians across the country to access micro loans from their phone within minutes, without the need for any form of collateral or guarantor.

SeamlessHR is a cloud-based HR and payroll SaaS platform that helps African businesses automate all their human resources and payroll activities, from “hire to retire”.

Other African startups that made the list include Afrikrea from Côte d’Ivoire. Afrikea is the world leading e-commerce platform dedicated to fashion, art, beauty, food and handicraft; Gozem, a Togolese transport technology startup which allows thousands of passengers to travel safely and reliably by linking them to certified drivers, be it tricycles or taxis.

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MTN Nigeria Appoints Karl Toriola As CEO

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images 2020 10 26T125948.431 MTN Nigeria Appoints Karl Toriola As CEO

MTN Nigeria is pleased to inform The Nigerian Stock Exchange (The Exchange), the investing public and other stakeholders of the appointment of Mr. Karl Toriola as the CEO designate. His appointment is effective 1st March 2021, providing enough time for an orderly handover.
Mr. Toriola is currently the Vice President: West and Central Africa (WECA), excluding Nigeria and Ghana, a position he assumed in 2016. During that period, he has overseen the steady progress of the operating companies in the region, notably the turnaround of MTN Ivory Coast and MTN Cameroon.
Karl Toriola increased his stake in the telecoms provider via the purchase 920,000 ordinary shares, as disclosed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange platform.
A break down of the aggregate information showed Toriola acquired 920,000 ordinary shares at N118 per share on June 25, 2020, in Lagos, Nigeria.
Accordingly, the total purchase stood at 920,000 shares valued at N108,560,000.
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During his tenure, the WECA markets have made significant commercial and strategic strides. These include the improvement of market shares within the region and the development of mobile financial services.
Since joining the Group in 2006, Mr. Toriola has also held a number of senior operational roles including Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria, CEO of MTN Cameroon and MTN Group Operations Executive. Mr. Toriola has at various times in his career in MTN Group, had oversight responsibility of 16 of the Group subsidiaries and serves on various MTN boards, including MTN Nigeria.
Mr. Toriola obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Ife, a Master of Science degree in Communication Systems from the University of Wales, and attended the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. In addition, he has attended several executive development courses at various institutions including Wharton Business School, Institute of Management Development and London Business School.

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Chinese products top Nigeria’s imported goods list – NBS

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A total of 31 .41 per cent of goods imported into Nigeria are from China , according to the National Bureau of Statistics .
The NBS stated in its report on ‘ Foreign trade in goods statistics ’ for second quarter of 2020 , that Spain topped the list of Nigeria’ s exported goods .
Part of the report read, “ Nigeria ’s imports, by country of origin, shows goods were imported mainly from China ( N 1 . 26 tn or 31 .41 per cent ) , United States ( N 428 .9 bn or 10 .66 per cent ) , India ( N 322 . 3 bn or 8 . 01 per cent ) , and the Netherlands ( N 202 . 9 bn or 5 .04 per cent ) respectively.
“ The value of exports in Q 2 , 2020 stood at N 2 .22 tn , a decrease of 45 . 64 per cent compared to Q 1 , 2020 and 51 .73 per cent compared to Q2 , 2019 .
“ The year to date export amounted to N 6. 3 tn , representing a 31 per cent decline compared to 2019 .
“ Exports by section revealed that mineral products accounted for the largest portion of exports , amounting to N 1 .87 tn or 84 . 35 per cent , mainly due to the crude oil component .”
This section , it noted, was followed by vehicles aircraft and parts ( N 221 . 2 bn or 9 .96 per cent ) and others .
Analysis of export by region revealed that Nigeria exported most products to Europe ( N 976 .5 bn or 44 per cent ) , followed by Asia ( N 734 .1 bn or 33 .08 per cent ) , Africa ( N 401 .4 bn or 18 . 1 per cent ) , America ( N 105 . 8bn or 4 .8 per cent ) and Oceania ( N 1 .7 bn or 0 .08 per cent ) .
Within Africa , goods worth N 149 . 3 bn were exported to ECOWAS member states.
All regions recorded declines in the value of exported goods during the quarter , although China and Japan each recorded increased export activity .
The NBS stated, “ Exports by country of destination showed that Nigeria exported goods to Spain valued at ( N 310 .8 bn or 14 per cent ) , Netherlands ( N 243 .7 bn or 10 . 98 per cent ) , China ( N 220 .4 bn or 9. 9 per cent ) , India ( N 195 .6 bn or 8 . 8 per cent ) and South Africa ( N 172 .2 or 7 . 7 per cent ) .
During the quarter , total trade in agricultural goods stood at N 493 .7 bn , of which exported agricultural goods accounted for N 78 .1 bn .
Analysis by economic region showed that most agricultural goods were exported to Asia, Europe and America valued at N 43 .6 bn , N 26 .4 bn and N 6. 6 bn .
The key driver of agricultural products exports were superior quality raw cocoa beans , sesamum seeds, cashew nuts , good fermented cocoa beans and more .
The main consumers of superior quality cocoa were The Netherlands ( N 9 .3 bn ) , Indonesia ( N 3 . 7 bn ) and United States ( N 2 . 4 bn ) .
Other agricultural exports were Sesamum seeds exported to Japan ( N 6 bn ) and to China ( N 2 . 3bn ) .
Also, cashew nuts worth N 12 bn were exported to Vietnam.
In terms of imports, durum wheat worth N 41 bn was imported from United States , Russia ( N 28 .8 bn ) and Latvia ( N 24 .5 bn ) .
The value of manufactured goods trade in Q2 , 2020 stood at N 3. 04 tn .
Out of this , the export component accounted for N 254 .2 bn .
The products that drove up manufactured export were light vessels , fire floats , floating cranes exported to Spain in the value worth N 129bn .

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ASSBIFFI harps on decent work post-COVID-19

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Organised labour has tasked the Federal Government at ensuring decent work and protection of workers at workplaces, as part of COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.

President of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and other Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), Olasanoye Oyinkansola, in her address during the celebration of the 2020 World Day for Decent Work, organised by the union in Lagos, said decent work for all workers must be the foundation for recovery plans.

She also noted that financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains the best framework for resilience.

According to her, towards attaining the New Social Contract for Recovery and Resilience in line with the dictates of post-COVID-19 workplace, employers in the financial sector are compelled to adopt new rules to remain relevant in their place of work.

“These rules include alternate work days arrangement to comply with physical distance protocol, remote work, virtual meetings, seminars and conferences via webinar, Zoom and Telegram, among others,” she said.

Olasanoye stated that, to enhance recovery, Nigeria must build a social contract involving workers, employers and government on how best to withstand the aftermath of the pandemic using the contract as a foundation.

“Towards this end, ASSBIFI opines for the generation and sustainable employment opportunities, sustained fundamental principles and right to work, occupational safety and social protection, among others,” she said.

In the same vein, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has called on the Federal Government, as part of post-COVID-19 plans, to carry out some bold reforms as well as robust fiscal and monetary policy actions to reduce the number of Nigerians who may be pushed into poverty and acts of criminality.

The president of the TUC, Quadri Olaleye, said: “Nigeria is a mono-economy, hence, the collapse of international oil prices has been monumental. It has destabilized the macroeconomic balances thereby further increasing the number of Nigerians living in poverty.”

Olaleye also called on employers to give attention to human resource as one of the critical ways to bring back economic growth and build a new global economy.

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