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Profile: Ms Uchenna Agbo BA. MSc. EMBA

Who is Uchenna? Uchenna is the Principal of Trustvas Limited, an award-winning technology services company, that provides financial-inclusion services support to financial services industry (banking and non-banking) by utilising telecoms technology. Uchenna's Key Experience She has proven ability in technology services, innovation and start-up execution across the UK, Africa and the Middle East. Her 18+yr career has spanned across technology, telecoms & financial services industries as a software developer at Coral Eurobet and most notably, serving as Business IT Consultant with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Network Rail UK. Uchenna was a pioneer staff & CEO of Nairtime Holdings Ltd with successfully launched operations in Nigeria, Ghana,...

COVID19: THE MIND OF THE CEO, WHAT EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW…

Due to the global pandemic COVID-19, the world as we know it is evolving rapidly and so are People as consumers of products and services. As consumers, we get forced into aligning our behavioural pattern to adjust to the demands of and survive the COVID-19 Pandemic, ultimately resulting in a “new normal” … a new way of being. In this new world, we prioritize, and our emphasis shifts from purchase of non-essential goods and services, to focusing on methods of obtaining essentials, which have become more efficient with limited or no physical interaction, where possible. Organizations must assess these changes in consumer behaviour critically to understand...

Profile: Tom Guest

Tom has over 10 years of financial market experience, and oversees Noble Capital’s Origination and Structuring efforts, splitting his time between the UK and Africa. He travels widely to develop new business and help manage transactions through to financial close, with a particular interest in the food, agri and energy value chains. Prior to joining Noble, he was a core member of the senior management team that grew a UK-based FCA-regulated structured commodity trading platform from start-up to a multi-million dollar business. Tom has worked extensively across South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Tom has a First Class degree (BA & MA) in Classics and Arabic...

Profile: Patrick Burnell

Partick Burnell has about 25 years of experience at top-tier investment banks and inter-dealer brokers in London and Asia, Patrick has developed deep and widespread investor relations which give Noble Capital unrivaled penetration into the global investor audience. Key Work Experience Prior to joining Noble Capital, he set-up and ran the sub-Saharan Africa desk for the world’s largest inder-dealer broker, TP ICAP, as well as running other high-profile divisions such as structured credit derivatives within the group. Patrick previously held high-profile positions at top-flight investment banks such as JP Morgan, Nomura and RBS. Educational Background Patrick is a graduate of Cass Business School with a BSc in...

Guest Writer: Engineering Opportunities In West Africa – An Overview

Introduction Engineering, like art gets its beauty from taking an idea on paper to physical reality or proffering solutions to a teething problem. In the grand scheme of any development, design engineering accounts for approximately less than 5% percent of capital costs, which unfortunately makes it an unattractive venture for most investors. In the past, engineering firms got developed out of necessity rather than invention. Today, however, the word is – INNOVATION. How instant, how simple and then how affordable – solutions can be provided in a world of disruption. Sector Scenario The major constraint in developing a sustainable business model is finding and deciding on which niche area...

Profile: Abiodun Oshodi

Who is Abiodun Oshodi? Abiodun Oshodi is the Managing Director of ILF Engineers Nigeria and responsible for ILF Consulting Engineers GmbH’s Sub-Sahara operations. With over 20 years’ experience managing various engineering projects; Abiodun has for 3 years been running the Nigerian and Sub-Saharan business of an international design engineering outfit with presence in over 40 countries. What are Abiodun Oshodi passions? His passion for the industrialization of Nigeria and the West Africa region gets him up every day. ILF has been in operation in Nigeria for over 39 years. Abiodun's background Born in Lagos Nigeria, Abiodun holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos....

Jimi Ogbobine: Profile

Who is Jimi? Jimi Ogbobine is the Head of Consulting in Agusto Consulting and also heads the Research of Agusto & Co, Nigeria’s leading Rating & research company. Jimi also served on the National Job Creation Committee as Head of the Research team. The Job Creation Committee was established by the Federal Ministry of Finance to design strategies and plans by the Nigerian government to create jobs and reduce the unemployment rate in the country. Work experience Jimi also created the framework for the Thisday BGL Index – Nigeria’s premier independent equitymarket index established by a leading investment bank and newspaper publication. He also initiated coverage notes on banks...

Guest Writer: Pandemic Lockdown Unlocks Mobile and e-Banking Opportunities – The Case for FinTechs

It is quite ironic that the lockdown of several parts of the country aimed at controlling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria is helping to unlock new opportunities for mobile money and e-banking platforms. Based on new data from Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), the settlement platform for electronic transactions, there has been a significant surge in the transactions volume and value that do reflect a growing acceptance of financial technology solutions. The volume of mobile money transactions increased 7% month-on-month (m-o-m) in March to 8.8 million transaction from 8.2 million the month before. However, in comparison to the same time last year, the...

Weekend Feature – Profiles of Agric Investors

This weekend, we look at profiles of investors into Africa's Agriculture space, with an emphasis on Agritech. 1) True Ventures True Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology startups. With more than $2 billion under management, True provides seed and Series A financing to entrepreneurs in today’s fastest growing markets. To date, True has helped more than 300 companies launch and scale their businesses, creating over 20,000 jobs worldwide. Investment Chest: $2billion What They Say About Themselves We invest in founders with whom we're aligned on mission, meaning, and the belief that entrepreneurship can and should make the world a better place.Our goal...

Weekend Feature – Agritech Africa – Emerging Trends

1) Introduction The Agriculture theme for April continues this weekend by looking at Agritech's emerging trends, and the short to medium term future of Agritech and investment potential in Africa. In last weekend’s article, from a funding and investor point of view, we presented data indicating that Agritech, registered just 5.6% from a total pool attributed to African startups that raised $1million and above in funding by 2019. And though Agriculture is largely unexploited, it represents a crucial frontier and platform for growth that remains at a stage of infancy in terms of utilisation on the continent. Up to 2019, significant investments included Grainpulse $11m & Twiga Foods...

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