Category Archives: Mobile

Why QR code payment would never succeed in Africa

Paying with QR code is so cool. All you need to do is bring out your smartphone, take a snapshot, and voila, payment is made. The simplicity and versatility are simply unparalleled. QR code payments have been adapted from in-store shopping; to online payments; to even paying for cable subscription on TV. As much as […]

Death by a billion transfers; the immortality of cash is exaggerated

‘Cash is king,’ so says the famous adage. But digital payments have been waging and winning a silent war against cash for years, but nobody seems to be noticing. We all say that cash can’t be knocked off, but we are so wrong because if you expected a bloody revolution where digital payments overtake cash […]

Core Banking Software used by Microfinance Banks (MFB) in Nigeria

This article was inspired by comments on a related post written by one of my industry mentors. (https://dejiolowe.com/2016/03/core-banking-software-in-nigeria-2/) To put this into perspective, a core banking application (CBA) is to a Microfinance Bank what a foundation is to a building. This means MFBs with a comprehensive, automated and effective CBA guarantees profitably, operational efficiency and […]

10 predictions for digital payments in 2019

2018 was an exciting year for payments in Nigeria. Tons of cash came in as international investments; interbank transfer crossed 700 million transactions, even mCash had a little showing. Of course, the bitcoin bubble made a loud burst with many licking their wounds. As usual, the following are my 10 predictions for 2019. They are […]

Mobile Money in Nigeria: Operators, Opportunities and Trends

Recently I started seeing a spike in the number of inquiries made by friends, fintechs, and random other people about Mobile Money in Nigeria. And it’s not because they are suddenly having altruistic ideas for financial inclusion. Something must be cooking! Let’s get the basics right Mobile money is a form of banking where your […]