The continuous scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol has given illegal hawkers of the commodity opportunity to resurface on various black markets in parts of Lagos and other cities, selling the product for N200 per litre in Lagos to desperate motorists, and about N150 in Abuja and other states.
The official pump prices remains N86 at Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s filling stations and N86.5 at those belonging to independent marketers.
Even though NNPC announced it had secured the commitment of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria to end the scarcity, the marketers said they are yet to receive 180 million litres of petrol that NNPC claimed to have supplied as part of measures to ease the current scarcity.
Mr. Mike Osatuyi, the National Operation Controller, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria said in a telephone interview with one of punch correspondents on Monday that “the supply of petrol to members of the body had not improved”.
“The status quo remains. There is no fuel. Where are the cargos they brought and which depots are the product discharged into? Let them pump it out. Let us wait and see the fuel that they said they brought,” 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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