- Kia Expands Operations in Nigeria
Kia Motors Nigeria Limited has expanded its business in the country with a new service centre in Lagos.
The firm said the development was part of its efforts to remain a driving force in the auto industry and strengthen its market acceptance in the country.
According to the Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors, Mr. Sanjay Tatpati, as a brand that is ever-vibrant and striving to make life richer every day, Kia has redefined the automotive technology with the new facility.
He said the upgraded Kia Plaza would be one of the biggest service centres in the country with 81 service bays built to the exact standard of service facilities across the globe, and designed to give customers affordable pricing, certified professional technicians, and exceptional service delivery.
Tatpati said that in addition, customers visiting the plaza from April 3rd to 13th would get a free vehicle health check and other surprises.
He said, “The unflinching resolve to provide outstanding offerings and exceptional after-sales service has always reinforced the need to upgrade the Kia Plaza. Nobody knows your Kia like we do. To ensure your vehicle continues to perform at its best, our new ultra-modern Kia Plaza has the tools, equipment and experienced professionals to maintain your vehicle and conduct any necessary repairs that may be required.
“We also guarantee that only genuine Kia parts are used to ensure the smooth operation of your vehicle for years to come. At Kia Plaza, our workshop utilises the most up-to-date equipment and our team is committed to upholding the Kia Customer Charter. This means your vehicle will be serviced in a state-of-the-art Kia service centre, which offers the latest in technology, service programmes and factory registered technicians.”
The Marketing Manager, Kia Motors Nigeria, Olawale Jimoh, said the centre would only use the latest equipment as specified by the manufacturer including the latest diagnostic machines.
“All general services are completed under manufacturers’ recommendations using genuine parts. Additionally, customers can choose to enjoy our lounge area or take one of our Kia courtesy cars,” he said.
Paystack Stripe: Stripe Pays Over $200 Million to Acquire Nigerian Paystack Startup
Stripe Acquires Paystack for Over $200 Million
Stripe, American financial services, and online payment processing for internet businesses headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, is in the process of acquiring Paystack, a Nigerian based online payment processing startup.
While the terms of the deal are not in the open, sources familiar with the deal said Stripe is paying over $200 million to acquire the Nigerian startup.
Paystack presently has about 60,000 customers that cut across small businesses, fintechs, schools, online betting companies and larger corporations. The sources said the plan will be to continue operating independently in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Suggesting this is one of the reasons Stripe raised $600 million in funding earlier this year to expand its API-based payments services into more regions.
“There is enormous opportunity,” said Patrick Collison, Stripe’s co-founder and CEO, in an interview with TechCrunch. “In absolute numbers, Africa may be smaller right now than other regions, but online commerce will grow about 30% every year. And even with wider global declines, online shoppers are growing twice as fast. Stripe thinks on a longer time horizon than others because we are an infrastructure company. We are thinking of what the world will look like in 2040-2050.”
Shola Akinlade, the CEO of Paystack said the deal will help the company expand in Nigeria and beyond. “Paystack was not for sale when Stripe approached us,” said Akinlade, who co-founded the company with Ezra Olubi (who is the CTO).
“For us, it’s about the mission. I’m driven by the mission to accelerate payments on the continent, and I am convinced that Stripe will help us get there faster. It is a very natural move.”
The deal is expected to boost the attractiveness of Nigerian startups, especially the fast-growing fintech industry.
Facebook, Namibian Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS), Others Partner to Boost Blood Donations in Namibia
Facebook, Others Partner to Improve Blood Donations in Namibia
Facebook Inc, the world’s leading social media giant, has partnered the Namibian Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) and the Ministry of Health and Social Services to launch a new feature to encourage people to donate blood.
This means, starting from today people between the ages of 18 – 66 now have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor centres near them have an urgent need for donations and invite friends to donate as well.
Accordingly, the same feature was launched in Chad, Guinea and Mali today, meaning Facebook blood donating feature is now available in 12 Africa nations. Other African nations enjoying the feature are Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Niger, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The program that was first launched in 2017 has now attracted more than 70 million people who have signed up on Facebook to donate blood through partnerships centres around the world.
Speaking on the initiative, Kojo Boakye, Public Policy Director Facebook Africa, said: “COVID-19 has changed how and where people can give blood, causing countries around the world to experience shortages of voluntary blood donations at this critical time. In keeping with our Mission, we recognized the role Facebook can play in connecting people that want to donate blood with opportunities to do so. The partnership with the Namibian Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) and Ministry of Health and Social Services is such an important one. We strongly believe it will enable Namibians to make a positive impact to the blood donation ecosystem in the country.”
Zita Tobin, Manager, Donor Recruitment and PR for NamBTS said: “We are truly excited by the partnership with Facebook the tool will assist us bolster our blood collections during the pandemic and beyond, as only 1% of the population donate blood”
Roblox to Go Public with $8 Billion Valuation Following $150 Million Series G Funding at $4 Billion
Roblox Preparing to Go Public with $8 Billion Valuation
According to the research data analyzed and published by Safe Betting, Roblox is preparing to list on the US stock market at a valuation of $8 billion. In February 2020, the gaming giant raised $150 million during a Series G funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.
According to InvestGame, Q1 to Q3 2020 has seen the gaming industry receive a total of $20.5 billion in investments. Of this figure, public offerings accounted for around $6.05 billion.
Roblox Game Adopt Me! Draws over 10 Billion Visits As Consumer Spend Nears $103 Million in May 2020
Other noteworthy IPOs that have taken place include those of Unity Software, Kakao Games and Archosaur Games. Unity raised $1.3 billion at a $13.6 billion valuation while Kakao raised $330 million and Archosaur at $280 million. Applovin, Krafton Playtika, tinyBuild, Huuuge and People CAN Fly are among others planning IPOs.
Roblox has had a great 2020 with some of its popular games hitting spectacular records. For instance, Adopt Me! hit a peak of 1.615 million concurrent users and 10 billion visits in H1 2020. Piggy had over 5,000 plays by the end of July 2020 following its January 2020 launch. Roblox developers expect to earn $250 million on the hub in 2020, up by 127% from 2019’s $110 million. Its monthly active users increased from 115 million in February to 164 million in July according to RTrack.
Moreover, based on a report from Sensor Tower, player spending on Roblox increased 28% month-over-month in March 2020 and 34% in April 2020. In May, the game’s revenue hit a peak of $102.9 million.
The Roblox app hit $1.5 billion in lifetime revenue in June 2020. App Annie revealed that in Q2 2020, it ranked second in global consumer spend. In Q3 2020, it ranks it as the 4th highest grossing game globally on both the App Store and Play Store.
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