iROKOtv could be going public

by | Oct 25, 2019

In what seems like the endgame of his exit strategy, Jason Njoku is taking iROKOtv public.

According to our source, one of Africa’s leading online movie streaming platforms has commenced its initial public offering (IPO) process against 2021 on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

iROKOtv founder, Jason, in a recent tweet shared a video of a dashboard from the London Stock Exchange with the caption: “Understanding exit opportunities and IPOs at the London Stock Exchange.”

In another tweet, quoting Gloopro founder, Olumide Olusanya, Jason hinted at having weeks of IPO meetings.

In what could be considered a build up to Jason’s exit, Canal+ acquired iROKOtv’s film studio — ROK — earlier in the year.


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We reached out to iROKOtv but they declined to comment. While our source claimed that the IPO would be on LSE, Jason’s earlier comment about a post seems to suggest the opposite.

Sharing a Techcrunch post with a comment, he wrote, “Better option to set lower revenue expectations and have startups list on local exchanges to raise capital from IPOs.”

This gets one wondering if the planned listing would be on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) or Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in South Africa.

It could very well be a dual listing, like Airtel Africa did on both the LSE and NSE a couple of months ago.

Whether iROKOtv would be listed on the NSE, the LSE, or both, the company is on the path to becoming the first African tech company founded within the last decade to go public. This is because the African identity of the largest eCommerce platform on the continent — Jumia — is questionable.

Yinka Awosanya
Yinka Awosanya

Mobile & African Tech Enthusiast │ Data Analyst │ Music

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