The FinTech Association of Nigeria has said the Financial Technology (Fintech) operators accounted for 63 per cent of the 1.37 billion dollars in funding raised in Nigeria in 2021.
The President of the association, Mr Ade Bajomo said this, late last week, in Lekki, Lagos, at a dinner held at the Fintech Platinum Awards ceremony.
Bajomo noted that Nigeria had been well-positioned in Africa and in the global Fintech ecosystem.
He said that Africa could currently boast of 10 unicorns out of which seven – Jumia, Fluttwerwave, Andela, Chipper Cash, Airtel Africa, OPay and Interswitch – are Nigerian.
“In a similar light, Nigerian start-ups raised 1.37 billion dollars of the four billion dollars raised in Africa in 2021.
“Of these, the Fintech space alone accounted for about 63 per cent of all total funding, compared with just 25 per cent in 2020.
“The growing investor confidence in African Fintech reflects the continent’s huge potential due to deepening mobile and internet penetration, a youthful population, and increasing consumer sophistication and income, among many other factors.
“When you think about how far Fintech in Nigeria has come, you should thank the incredible entrepreneurs who envisioned, pioneered and executed strategic moves that have now crystallised into strong and growing companies,” Bajomo said.
According to him, in spite of the enormous achievements, there is always the need to look back and appreciate how far the Fintech ecosystem has come in the country.
He said Fintech in Nigeria raised about $600 million in funding between 2014 and 2019, compared to more than $1 billion raised in one year alone.
Bajomo said that a few years ago, real-time payments and digital (quick) loans were almost impossible.