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Sekibo Wants Better Ties Between Banks, Entrepreneurs

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Sekibo Wants Better Ties Between Banks, Entrepreneurs

By Dipo Olowookere

Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, Mr Ifie Sekibo, has encouraged the budding African entrepreneurs of the Next Titan Housemates to talk to small and medium enterprise (SME) desks of banks because the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has a policy for disbursing money to banks for SMEs sector.

Mr Sekibo stated this while delivering a keynote address titled: Why African needs new breed of entrepreneurs and why is Heritage Bank championing it, at the premiere of the 5th edition of the Next Titan TV reality show in Lagos over the weekend.

The Next Titan is Nigeria’s entrepreneurial reality TV show where thousands of ambitious young entrepreneurs across the country compete with one another for a grand prize of N5 million and a brand new car to start his or her dream business.

He, however, challenged the budding entrepreneurs to stir up their entrepreneurship DNAs in a bid to allow innate ideas to flow and blossom.

According to Mr Sekibo, the entrepreneur is not the risk taker but the person who relentlessly pursue opportunities without recklessness, without regard to not having money, house or car or any strong financial support from family members, remarking that in most cases, he is the one that drops out at of school.

He said during the pre-colonial era in Africa, Africans, (our fore fathers) who were the entrepreneurs of those days in places like Lagos Island and Badagry were engaged in fishing and farming as well as trade across the west coast among themselves under an organised system.

The bank’s boss said during the colonial period, (our fathers) were affected by the culture and traditions of the colonialists a development which affected their psyche, thereby making what is foreign to be more important than what is local.

Mr Sekibo said western tradition became the order of the day as Africans moved away from entrepreneurship to white collar jobs to earn monthly income and the word job came into play, adding that work was no longer defined as the work of a tough man or woman on the farmland but depended on how much of the colonial language one understand.

In order to reverse the trend, Mr Sekibo contended that budding African entrepreneurs should relive the DNAs that their forefathers left for them by uncapping them so that their innate ideas could flow and blossom.

He said Africans burn with ideas but they needed to mine them so that they could blossom, remarking that they need to have mentors that will enable them to achieve their goals.

The Chief Executive also said money is very critical to entrepreneurship and they had to be bold and courageous to get it, adding that there is a spirit behind getting money which is largely influenced by character and integrity. He enjoined them to collaborate to bring down the cost of money.

Mr Sekibo enjoined them to be bold and should not be afraid to fail because failing is not a failure and should not give up because they had failed.

Also speaking, Mr Folusho Philips, Managing Director of Philips Consulting, listed some factors for successful entrepreneurship. They are competence, character and behaviour, study and steadiness as well as compliant and chemistry of the prospective entrepreneur.

Mrs Yetunde Odejayi, Permanent Secretary to the office of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, noted that entrepreneurship was part of key programmes of the current administration. She encouraged them to be bold and resilient and be prepared to face challenges and also informed them about state’s Ministry of Wealth Creation and the Lagos State Trust Fund (LSSTF).

Mr Babarinde Abiona, General Manager (Marketing) with Coscharis Motors, tasked them to believe in themselves and be focused, adding that Coscharis, a major dealer of Ford Motors in the country will give a brand new Ford Focus to the winner.

One of the boardroom judges, Mr Chris Parkes, commended Heritage Bank for investing in the project and noted that judges would be very critical of their ideas because they want ideas that could add value to the country’s economy.

About 60 finalists were unveiled at the premiere out of more than 2,000 contestants that were screened at various auditions in Port Harcourt, Enugu, Abuja and Lagos, however only 16 made it to the house while Heritage Bank used a wild card to add two more contestants: Kalu Sylvester and Ugochi Ogadi to bring the number to 18.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Flutterwave Unveils e-Commerce Platform for SME Growth

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Nigeria's e-commerce revenue

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A new e-commerce platform to scale the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) has been introduced by Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments technology company.

The new platform called Flutterwave Market is an extension of the Flutterwave Store service that will bring together a collection of merchant stores in one place.

A statement issued by the company said Flutterwave Market brings e-commerce a step closer to the brand’s merchants and their customers.

The aim of the new Flutterwave Market is to help merchants reach new customers and ultimately increase sales and revenue. This will not only make it easier for customers to shop from a range of Flutterwave Store merchants but will also enable customers to seamlessly shop across a variety of products from different businesses at their convenience.

The Flutterwave Market will display Flutterwave stores across various product categories and countries. It will include features such as product search, category display and country filter to help enhance the shopping experience.

The solution will display product categories such as men and women’s fashion, beauty and food—in line with the preferences of most shoppers on Flutterwave Store. Shoppers will be able to order products and have the products delivered at their preferred locations, the firm said.

Recent data from Statista shows that as of 2020, the number of digital buyers in Africa experienced an increase to 281 million. The number of e-commerce users in the continent is also estimated to grow significantly, reaching over 334 million in 2021. By 2025, they could be roughly 520 million, almost doubling the number in 2019.

“This is an exciting next chapter for the Flutterwave brand, and we’re excited to introduce this new marketplace experience to our merchants worldwide,” said Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flutterwave. “Flutterwave Market is a fully functional e-commerce service that serves as a megastore where buyers can purchase a variety of goods from multiple sellers under one roof.”

“Since the successful launch of Flutterwave Store, we have listened to our customers and acted on what they need to scale their businesses. Launching the new marketplace will transform their business, taking it to the next stage of growth. Flutterwave Market is for us a way to create endless possibilities for our Flutterwave Store users. We’re not merely aggregating existing stores, we’re positioning them to make more sales,” he added.

Flutterwave Store was launched in April 2020 with the aim of keeping the lights on for small businesses following lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic across various countries. The e-commerce solution has grown to over 30,000 businesses to date while adding features like discount codes and multiple product uploads. The Flutterwave Market provides an additional opportunity for shoppers to discover and shop from these businesses as opposed to only following their store link.

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Methods of Trading Bitcoin like a Pro

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Bitcoin like a Pro

Read this article to learn how to trade Bitcoin like a Pro. Know more about mining, investing without holding and other helpful info.

Smart Ways to Trade Bitcoin

Bitcoin started a rollercoaster of ups and downs in the last few months. Once it got down, the crypto world was flooded with small prices and huge losses that affected millions of investors. So, which are the smartest ways to trade Bitcoin, and how does it work?

Understanding How Blockchain Work

Before starting to invest in Bitcoin, traders should know what blockchain is, and how it works. It is a decentralized system distributed across a network infrastructure that consists of blockchains used to store and transfer information in a way that assures the immutability of data.

Not to say that the blockchain is not controlled by a specific institution but only by its members. The users that compile the info into cryptographic data sets and make a new block will receive a small compensation when mining cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. This can be a fraction of a Bitcoin or one or more coins, depending on how much an individual can mine.

Investing Without Holding Bitcoin

Investing money in companies that hold cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is a smart move. As the price of this coin has been volatile for the last 3 months, investors have barely made a profit. Also, most of them don’t know the future of cryptocurrency and some may be afraid to invest in this period. To minimize losses, buyers can take a closer look at stocks that accept Bitcoin as a payment method. The most popular 5 stocks that meet this criterion are Silvergate, Mogo, Coinbase, PayPal, and Square INC.

Another way to invest without holding is putting money into a related Bitcoin Fund like Grayscale Bitcoin Trust. This fund will make investors’ jobs easier as it doesn’t require a crypto wallet to make transactions. Therefore, traders have the option to buy Bitcoin easier but this does come with a 2% tax.

Now that you understand how blockchain works, how to invest without holding, there is one more thing to know about Bitcoin, and that’s how versatile and useful it could be for lots of niches. For instance, you would be surprised to find out that South African gambling websites use cryptocurrencies as a payment method. To find the best ones, there are comparison sites that inform which bitcoin casinos are safe, secure, and legal. They are specialists who analyze everything you’ll need to know from bonuses, transfers, and security criteria. Who knew?

Mining Bitcoin

For those who don’t know, the region of the Caucasus is a hotspot for miners as it comes with regulatory freedom and cheap operations. These two elements are the main attractor for people who are not only mining Bitcoin but other cryptocurrencies too. But not all investors can move abroad and mine in a more favourable context. Starting this crypto activity implies costs, time, and patience.

It is much safer to mine than to buy Bitcoin. Beginners can start to learn how to do that at home, with their PC or smartphone, but they won’t earn a fortune. Moreover, those who want to see higher returns, have to build a customized computer with a powerful GPU, and power supply units. An affordable setup could reach up to $1,500 or more.

Buying Fractions of Bitcoin

Traders can buy a fraction of a Bitcoin if they don’t want to acquire it at full price. Even 1 satoshi (0.0000001 BTC) is enough to have it stored in a crypto wallet. Although the market is unpredictable, lots of people believe in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and invest regularly.

Beginners should know that they don’t need fortunes to start and invest, even $10.00 can purchase a part of Bitcoin. Once traders think about a budget, all they need to do next is to find a wallet to store their assets. Some of the best ones you can find on the market right now are MetaMask, Coinbase, or Robinhood.

Investing in Bitcoin isn’t too hard for those who take a moment to find the right way to do it. From buying fractions to mining or investing in stocks that accept Bitcoin, there are lots of methods to choose from. The market has lots of apps to download for free and even PRO versions to trade with carrying no extra costs. As a final piece of advice, make sure to choose a wallet that boosts security, safety and comes with updated prices of Bitcoin before starting to trade.

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FrieslandCampina Lifts Over-the-Counter Bourse by 0.17%

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NASD Exchange bullish

By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) returned to the positive zone as a bullish price movement from FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc on Monday, November 29 lifted the bourse by 0.17 per cent.

The milk-producing company closed the first session of the week with a 1.3 per cent or N1.58 gain to quote at N121.00 per unit compared with the previous closing rate of N119.42 per unit.

This jerked up the market capitalisation of the OTC bourse by N1.02 billion to N616.44 billion from N615.42 billion and pushed the NASD Unlisted Security Index (NSI) higher by 1.23 points to wrap the session at 746.13 points compared with 744.90 points recorded at the previous session.

However, there was a price loser at the market yesterday and this was Food Concepts Plc, which lost 0.2 per cent or 9 kobo to close 81 kobo per share as against the previous 90 kobo per share.

During the trading day, the total value of stocks transacted by investors rose by 4,037.8 per cent to N2.7 million from the N65,088 recorded last Friday, while the volume of securities traded at the bourse increased by 114,309.7 per cent as 329,500 units, exchanged hands in contrast to the 288 units traded at the preceding session, with the number of deals increasing by 50.00 per cent to three deals from the previous session’s two deals.

At the close of business, Food Concepts Plc closed as the company with the highest volume of traded stock (year-to-date) with 11.4 billion units of its shares worth N14.4 billion. The second was Lighthouse Financial Service Plc with 1.1 billion units valued at N546.1 million, while the third was Geo Fluids Plc with a turnover of 1.0 billion units worth N700.1 million.

In terms of value, Food Concepts Plc was also the most traded stock with the sale of 11.4 billion units of its securities for N14.4 billion. It was followed by Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc with 456.5 million units worth N9.2 billion, and VFD Group Plc with the sale of 10.4 million units for N3.5 billion.

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