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How to Redeem Gift Cards, Gift Card Rates in Nigeria

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Here is a step-by-step guide on how to redeem gift cards in Nigeria in 2021 and gift card rates in Nigeria

Persistent dollar scarcity in Nigeria has forced many import-dependent businesses to seek alternatives to traditional means of purchasing foreign products and payment for those products.

One of the several alternatives adopted by small import companies operating in Nigeria is gift cards. However, because of scams perpetrated by few fraudulent individuals, navigating this new terrain or niche required a guide.

To dive into how to beat fraud and exchange your gift cards to Naira in minutes, let’s first understand what gift cards are!

What Are Gift Cards

Gift cards are prepaid debit cards with a preloaded specific amount for the purchase of items.

Here is How a Gift Card Works

Since gift cards are prepaid debit cards loaded with funds for future purchases, the two types of gift cards, the open-loop and the closed-loop cards can be used online and in person.

Here are the differences between Open and Closed Loop Gift Cards

Open-loop gift cards can be used at many merchants, like regular debit cards while closed-loop gift cards are good at just one retailer.

Please note that closed-loop gift cards are usually not reloadable.

For many gift cards, there is a stipulated minimum and maximum initial loading amount, the usual minimum is $10 and a common maximum is $500. In some situations, they can be used to pay for a portion of purchase with cash, debit, or credit used to balance the expense. As a precaution to mitigate the risk of losses, many gift cards can also be registered online — a strategy that allows the remaining balance to be tracked and frozen if a card is lost. In this way, some gift cards are safer than cash.

Gift cards can be used to purchase items online and in physical stores where gift cards are accepted. For example, a bearer can use the apple gift card to buy apps, music, books, etc and also at any retail store that accepts gift cards.

How to Redeem Gift Cards to Naira

Apexpay.org, Nigeria’s fast-growing gift cards exchange company, is the leading gift card exchange platform online.

  • Visit https://www.apexpay.org
  • Click on get started and
  • Initiate a sell order via WhatsApp chat.
  • Discuss all the modalities and submit your bank account details
  • Receive your payment in minutes.

Apexpay has developed a system that eases the burden and closes the gap that exists in the exchange industry by ensuring safe and secure platform for both seller and buyer.

The Most Popular Gift Cards in Nigeria this Year

Amazon Gift Card
Visa Gift Card
Walmart Gift Card
Target Gift Card
Starbucks Gift Card
eBay Gift Card
American Express Gift Card
iTunes Gift Card
Google Play Gift Card
Amex Gift Card
Sephora Gift Card
Best Buy Gift Card
Gamestop Gift Card
MasterCard Gift Card
Nordstrom Gift Card
Apple Store Gift Card
Steam Gift Card
Macy Gift Card
Vanilla Gift Card
Nike Gift Card
Offgamers Gift Card
Home Depot Gift Card etc.

Gift Card Rates in Nigeria Today – Naira Gift card rates per $100
Footlocker                                      35,000
Mastercard                                    34,000
Amex                                              34,000
Google                                            33,000
iTunes                                            32,000
Bestbuy                                          32,000
Nordstrom                                    30,000
Macy                                              30,000
Sephora                                         30,000
Steam                                            30,000
Visa                                                30,000
Amazon                                         30,000
eBay                                               30,000

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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BUA Cement Announces 24.6 Percent Increase in Profit to N43.4 Billion in H1 2021

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BUA Cement Plc, Nigeria’s second-largest cement manufacturing company, on Thursday reported a 22.7 percent increase in revenue in the six months ended June 30, 2021.

Revenue rose from N101.261 billion recorded in the first half (H1) of 2020 to N124.278 billion in the first half of 2021.

The company disclosed in its unaudited financial statements release through the Nigerian Exchange Limited and seen by Investors King.

As expected, the cost of sales inched higher by 19.1 percent from N55.539 billion in H1 2020 to N66.158 billion in H1 2021. While gross profit expanded by 27.1 percent to N58.120 billion in H1, up from N45.723 billion.

The cement manufacturing company grew other income by 52.3 percent from N47.653 billion filed in H1 2020 to N72.6 billion in H1 2021.

Administrative expenses rose to N4.17 billion in the period under review, representing an increase of 57.9 percent when compared to N2.643 billion recorded in H1 2020.

Operating profit increased by 23.8 percent from N40.809 billion in the corresponding period of 2020 to N50.524 billion in the period under review.

Profit before income taxes rose by 26.9 percent to N49.700 billion in H1 2021 from N39.165 billion in H1 2020.

The company paid N6.3 billion in income tax in the first half of 2021.

Therefore, profit after tax stood at N43.396 billion in the first six months of 2021, an increase of 24.6 percent when compared to N34.819 billion achieved in the same period of 2020.

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Seplat Energy Appoints Dr. Emma FitzGerald as an Independent Non-Executive Director

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Seplat Energy Plc has appointed Dr. Emma FitzGerald as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, the company disclosed on Thursday.

Dr. FitzGerald will replace Lord Mark Malloch-Brown who retired from the Board of the Company on 1st August 2021.

Dr. Emma FitzGerald Profile

Dr. FitzGerald is a seasoned executive in Energy & Water, with hands-on experience in transformation through her many years of working at Shell, ranging from building its lubricants business in China to running its Global Retail network.

From 2007-2010, she was accountable for Shell’s Downstream strategy and played a key role in reshaping Shell’s renewables strategy including the creation of Raizen, a game changing biofuels JV with Cosan. From 2013 to 2018 she ran gas distribution and water & waste networks for National Grid and Severn Trent where she successfully
positioned them as sustainability thought leaders in their Industries.

Most recently Dr. FitzGerald served as CEO of Puma Energy International, a global energy company owned by Trafigura and Sonangol, which is focused on high potential developing markets in Africa, Asia and Central America. In 2020 she set up Puma’s Future Energies division to play a critical role in helping customers and communities find the right energy solutions to support the energy transition. Over the last 10 years she has served on various Boards in executive and non-executive capacities and currently sits on the board of UPM Kymmene, an international paper & biomaterials business focused on innovating for a future beyond fossil fuels.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr. A. B. C. Orjiako, Chairman of SEPLAT Energy said: “The Board of SEPLAT Energy is indeed delighted to have Dr. Emma Fitzgerald on board as she brings vast knowledge in important areas such as the energy sector, renewables and sustainability. SEPLAT Energy has a great future ahead and looks forward to the enormous contribution she will make towards its continuing global success.”

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Robinhood IPO Priced at Lower End of Range, Firm Valued at $32B

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Stock and crypto-trading app Robinhood has secured a $32 billion valuation via its initial public offering (IPO) and is set to debut on the Nasdaq exchange on Thursday.

According to a press release on Wednesday, Robinhood has priced its offering at $38 per Class A common stock share.

The pricing is at the lower end of the $38-$42 per share price range the company had targeted and had planned on selling 5.5 million shares targeting a $1.89 billion raise.

Net proceeds from the sale will go toward working capital, capital expenditures, funding tax obligations, hiring efforts, customer support services, among others.

Shares will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on Thursday, according to the release.

Earlier this month, Robinhood began unconventionally offering a portion of its IPO to users via its app — a view some consider to be a risky gamble.

Known for its zero-fee trading structure, the company has continued to endure hits to its image as well as legal and political ramifications stemming from the fallout of the GameStop saga and limitations to users trading crypto.

The company is trying to reshape that image and is reportedly working on a new feature that will help protect users from crypto price volatility while hiring a former Google alumn to improve its overall product design.

“Robinhood intends to use the net proceeds for working capital, capital expenditures, funding its anticipated tax obligations related to the settlement of RSUs, and general corporate purposes including increasing its hiring efforts to expand its employee base, expanding its customer support operations and satisfying its general capital needs,” the firm said in the announcement.

Robinhood filed the public offering prospectus on July 1, noting at the time that 17 percent of its total revenue in Q1 came from crypto trading transaction fees, which represented a big jump from the 4 percent in Q4 2020.

“While we currently support a portfolio of seven cryptocurrencies for trading, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, 34 percent of our cryptocurrency transaction-based revenue was attributable to transactions in Dogecoin, as compared to 4 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2020,” the firm said in the initial filing.

Still, the company’s CEO Vlad Tenev is staring down allegations from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority over his failure to register Robinhood Financial relating to compliance issues.

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