Airtel Africa considers taking Airtel Money public

March 14, 2024
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Airtel Money

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Here's what I've got for you today:

  • Airtel Money may go public 
  • Nigeria pauses plans for space exploration 
  • ORA gets $1.5m seed

Airtel Money may go public 

Airtel Money

Airtel Africa is thinking about taking its mobile money unit public. 

Word on the street is the telco is eyeing an initial public offering that could value Airtel Money at over $4 billion! 

Airtel Africa has been in talks with potential advisers about this IPO, and it’s considering listing Airtel Money on various stock exchanges, including ones in the UAE, London, and Europe. 

However, nothing is set in stone just yet. You never know if the telco will back out. And as for the nitty-gritty details, like when this IPO might happen or how much it'll be worth, that's all still up in the air.

In 2021, TPG splashed $200 million into Airtel Money, valuing it at $2.65 billion. Mastercard also tossed in $100 million. Airtel Africa mentioned way back then that it was thinking about going public within four years.

Nigeria pauses plans for space exploration


Nigeria's big plans for space exploration just hit pause. 

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The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is putting the brakes on its plans to launch a satellite from Nigeria in 2025. 

Why the delay? Well, it all comes down to money. NASRDA is cash-strapped and can not afford to launch the satellite.

Halilu Shaba, Director-General, admitted that launching a satellite and sending an astronaut into space are mega-expensive endeavours.

He explained that it could take up to five years to secure a launch slot, and by then, the chosen astronaut might be too old for space travel.

Despite these setbacks, NASRDA is keeping its chin up. Shaba mentioned that they've got a solid team in place and even have a blueprint for the satellite they want to build. But without more funding, it's all just talk.

On the bright side, NigeriaSat-2, the Earth observation satellite launched in 2011, is reportedly going strong. It's been busy snapping high-resolution images of Nigeria, Africa, and beyond. 

Hold onto your hats! Back in October 2023, the space agency disclosed plans to level up its game with a high-resolution satellite to tackle security issues, like pinpointing problems, tracking bandits, and staying ahead of terrorist movements. 

Now, with the delay in launching a new satellite, does this mean the agency is hitting pause on this game plan?

ORA gets $1.5m seed

ORA Technologies

ORA Technologies, a startup based in Morocco, just got $1.5 million in seed funding from some local entrepreneurs. 

It’s planning to use the cash to launch its e-wallet, which lets you transfer money instantly. It’s teaming up with M2T, a part of a bank in Morocco — Banque Centrale Populaire — to make it happen.

But get this: Four months ago, the company snagged $1 million in pre-seed funding from local private investors. Talk about riding the wave!

The brains behind ORA is Omar Alami, who kicked off the platform in 2023. Its app's been downloaded over 300,000 times, offering all kinds of services in one place, including peer-to-peer transactions, buying and selling products, chatting with folks, connecting with friends and family, and even getting food delivered.

With M2T on board, the Moroccan startup plans to roll out a social fintech feature. That means you can chat and do transactions right in the app. 

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Have a beautiful Thursday!

Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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