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Nigeria’s fintech firm, Opay raises $400 mln funding from Softbank, others

Nigeria’s fintech firm, Opay has raised up to $400 million in Series C funding at a $1.5 billion valuation

The Chinese-backed fintech platform, finally completed this funding round, which was led by Softbank Vision fund 2.

Other investors that participated in this round include Sequoia Capital China, Redpoint China, Source Code Capital, and Softbank Ventures Asia.

DragonBall Capital and 3W Capital also took part in the round. This is interesting because this marks Softbank’s first investment in Africa – joining the already long list of high-profile investors scrambling for the right startups on the continent to back.

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In the early days, Opay was well known for its ride-hailing and bike-hailing services. But following the ban on bike-hailing in some parts of Nigeria, Opay focused its attention solely on the financial sector.

According to Kentaro Matsui, SoftBank Group Corp. managing director; “We believe our investment will help the company extend its offering to adjacent markets and replicate its successful business model in Egypt and other countries in the region.”

Opay launched in Nigeria in 2018, backed by a $50 million investment, the highest raised by a Nigeria-based fintech startup, at the time, raised by its parent company, Opera.

Opay, however, put that money to good use. The mobile money provider has done incredible numbers and achieved tremendous results in different areas like market penetration (spreading rapidly around Nigeria), transactions processed, number of users, and number of offline agents.

For instance, OPay says it processed around $1.4 billion in payments in October 2020 in Nigeria, and that figure quickly rose to $2 billion by the end of the Q4, of the same year.

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