AfDB preparing $500m investment programme in Nigeria’s Digital Creative Enterprises – Adesina
Oct. 29, 2021
The African Development Bank (AfDB) says to support Nigeria’s Digital and Creative Enterprises (i-DICE), it is preparing a 500 million dollars investment programme to be co-financed with several partners.
“This programme will boost innovation, especially in the tech-enabled business and e-commerce space, where new and successful ventures are being inaugurated in Nigeria,’’ he said.
“i-Dice will promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the digital technology and creative spaces. It will help create sustainable jobs and make Nigeria a global powerhouse in these industries.
The President of the bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, disclosed this at a lecture on “Social Media, National Security and Social Change: Bridging the Gap for Development in Africa’’ in Lagos.
According to a statement issued by the bank on Friday, Adesina underscored the enormous potential that Nigeria has for attracting global digital commerce and financial services.
Adesina added that the bank was also investing heavily in quality infrastructure to transform the backbone of Africa’s technological revolution.
He stressed that Nigeria could be a key player in developing Africa’s technological enterprises.
“Start-ups run by young Africans are already attracting millions of dollars in investment capital.
“Expensya, Gro Intelligence, Tyme Bank, and Flutterwave, to name a few, are well on their way to becoming billion-dollar companies.
“Andela, a global technology start-up based in Yabacon Valley, recently attracted 24 million dollars in funding from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
“Already, Nigeria is home to three unicorns – tech and tech-enabling companies with valuations exceeding one billion dollars–Paystack, Flutterwave and Interswitch.
“The 200 million dollars investment by Stripe (a Silicon Valley firm) in the local payments company Paystack, and 400 million dollars in three Fintech companies in just one week in 2019, signal the enormous potential that Nigeria has for attracting global digital commerce and financial services,’’ Adesina said.
While pointing out the need for every Nigerian to have reliable and affordable internet access, Adesina said that access would expand digital financial inclusion.