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  •  Mali rights situation poisonous UN expert
    Mali rights situation ‘poisonous’: UN expert
     Mali rights situation poisonous UN expert
    Mali rights situation ‘poisonous’: UN expert
    Foreign14 hours ago

    Mali rights situation ‘poisonous’: UN expert

    The human rights climate in Mali is “poisonous”, the UN’s expert said Monday after witnessing evidence of “atrocious, cruel and barbaric torture” by its security forces.

    He also referred to reports that Russian “foreign military personnel” had, working alongside members of Mali’s armed forces, been involved in rights violations.

    Following a 10-day visit to Mali, Alioune Tine welcomed steps to restore constitutional order and civilian rule, but voiced grave concerns about the resurgence of extremist violence and a rapidly deteriorating human rights situation.

    “There is a poisonous climate marked by suspicion and mistrust, with a continuous narrowing of civic space, the hardening of the Malian transitional authorities, and a malaise,” Tine added.

    “This poisonous climate led several actors to self-censor, fearing reprisals from the Malian transitional authorities and/or their supporters,” he said.

    The Senegalese expert is mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council, but does not speak on behalf of the UN.

    Tine noted the resurgence and frequency of attacks and violence committed by violent extremist groups in Mali’s north, centre and around the capital Bamako.

    “Violent extremist groups continue to be the main alleged perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses in Mali, but the high number of violations attributed to the Malian defence and security forces is of great concern,” the expert said.

    “I was particularly shocked to see with my own eyes victims with visible signs on their bodies of atrocious, cruel and barbaric torture they had suffered at the hands of Malian security forces,” Tine added.

    “Their testimonies were unbearable.

    ” Russian presence Tine also said credible sources had reported that some violations had been committed by Malian forces, “accompanied by foreign military personnel described as Russian military officials”.

    Malian authorities continue to deny reports that a Russian private military company is operating alongside Malian security forces, he said.

    They insist Russian military personnel in Mali are military trainers deployed as part of bilateral state-to-state cooperation.

    Tine’s statement came as French chiefs of staff said Monday the last soldiers belonging to France’s Barkhane operation in Mali had left the country.

    French forces have been supporting Mali against insurgents for nearly a decade, but President Emmanuel Macron decided to pull out after France and the Malian junta fell out in the wake of a military takeover in August 2020.

    The junta snubbed French appeals for an early return to civilian rule and then turned to Russian military operatives — “mercenaries” from the pro-Kremlin Wagner group, in France’s view — to help its anti-jihadist fight.

    Tine said Mali must ensure that victims of rights violations receive just and effective remedies for the harm they have suffered.

    Tine has been the UN’s independent expert on the human rights situation in Mali since May 2018.

    He will present his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council in March.

  •  Eritrea National Cycling Team leaves for France
    Eritrea: National Cycling Team leaves for France
     Eritrea National Cycling Team leaves for France
    Eritrea: National Cycling Team leaves for France
    Africa14 hours ago

    Eritrea: National Cycling Team leaves for France

    The Eritrean Under 23 National Cycling Team left today, August 15, to participate in the 'Tour D'Avenir' that will take place from August 18 to 28 in France.

    At the farewell ceremony in which the heads of the cycling federations participated, Ambassador Zemede Tekle, Commissioner for Culture and Sports, wished the members of the national team luck and called for integrated joint work to keep the Eritrean banner in the sub 23 category.

    cycling competitions.

    Mr. Musie Asihiel, coach of the national team, and members of the national team for their part indicated that they have done extensive preparation for the competition and expressed confidence to demonstrate competitiveness.

    The U23 National Cycling Team, which is the only African team to be honored at this prestigious competition, will compete with 27 national teams.

    The 'Tour D'Avenir' will incorporate 10 stages that will cover more than 1,130 kilometers.

  •  EU parliamentarian demands end to Strasbourg Brussels switch
    EU parliamentarian demands end to Strasbourg-Brussels switch
     EU parliamentarian demands end to Strasbourg Brussels switch
    EU parliamentarian demands end to Strasbourg-Brussels switch
    Foreign15 hours ago

    EU parliamentarian demands end to Strasbourg-Brussels switch

    EU parliamentarian demands end to Strasbourg-Brussels switch < German member of the EU Parliament has written to the body’s President, calling for an end to the practice of moving between Strasbourg and Brussels.

    The parliament sits in the French city for 12 sessions a year, as per the European Union treaty, but other parliamentary businesses take place in the Belgian and EU capital.

    Thousands of workers and documents, therefore, have to be regularly transferred between the cities.

    Daniel Freund of Germany’s Greens has asked EU Parliament President Roberta Metsola to scrap the system due to Europe’s energy crisis brought on by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

    He said: “We are facing a severe energy shortage in Europe.

    ’’ “While some European citizens assume that they will not be able to adequately heat their homes in winter, the European Parliament is unnecessarily heating, lighting and operating two building complexes at the same time.

    ’’ A response from Metsola is still pending.

    The issue has long been debated in the EU, particularly on environmental grounds, but France was adamant about Strasbourg’s position and a change can only be agreed upon unanimously by the EU states.


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  •  FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
     FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    Africa17 hours ago

    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022

    FIFA (www.FIFA.com) organized seminars for 129 match officials, on three continents; seminars were held in Asunción, Doha and Madrid, in May and June; the goal is to prepare referees to use technology only for support.

    Between May 31 and June 22, FIFA held three seminars to thoroughly prepare the 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials from the six confederations chosen to officiate at the upcoming FIFA World Cup. FIFA Qatar 2022™.

    The three-day seminars saw officials from each confederation meet in Asunción, Paraguay (CONCACAF/Conmebol), Doha, Qatar (AFC/OFC/CAF), and Madrid, Spain (UEFA), led by Pierluigi Collina, president of the Committee of FIFA Referees, and Massimo Busacca, FIFA Director of Refereeing.

    Match officials were put to the test in theory classes and on-field training sessions each day, allowing them to simulate and practice various live game situations.

    “Our goal is to prepare the referee as best as possible to avoid the use of technology, but the technology is there to reduce the possibility of human error that could affect the outcome of a match.

    Even the best referee can make a mistake; he is a human being, and we know it,” said Pierluigi Collina.

    The success of the seminars on three continents was particularly pleasing considering that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA refereeing had to move all education online (https://fifa.fans/3SUIPiX ).

    36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (https://fifa.fans/3SPG4iS) For selected match officials, their participation in the FIFA World Cup FIFA Qatar 2022™ is the ultimate realization of a professional dream.

    For Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands, one that he had had since childhood.

    “When I received the invitation and the confirmation that he had been selected with my team, it was an incredible feeling.

    When I started as a referee, I was 12 years old and my goal was already that I wanted to reach the top, and I dreamed of the World Cup," said the Dutchman, who was also a video assistant referee at the World Cup final of the FIFA Russia 2018™ For assistant referee Karen Diaz (Mexico), she hopes to be one of six pioneering women, along with referees Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan), and assistant referees Neuza Back (Brazil) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA: Participating in a men's FIFA World Cup will open up opportunities for more women.

    "I feel very happy and very grateful to all the people who have given me this opportunity."

    Diaz said.

    “We have to make sure that this time it doesn't become the only time women are selected, but the first of many to come."

    The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is now just over 100 days away As Massimo Busacca concludes: "It's like a football team; t They have to prepare everything very well for the most important competition we have in sport.

    I'm positive.

    I expect a great World Cup. We know what we are doing.

    The sacrifice we are making, the seminars, talking and talking, is because we want to achieve a goal.

    I'm sure the referees understand that.

    their message, and they will do very well.” Living Football, July 2022 (https://fifa.fans/3SLWWr3).

  •  Israel arrests 3 in international money laundering probe
    Israel arrests 3 in international money laundering probe
     Israel arrests 3 in international money laundering probe
    Israel arrests 3 in international money laundering probe
    Foreign17 hours ago

    Israel arrests 3 in international money laundering probe

    Israel arrests 3 in Israeli authorities have arrested three suspects as part of an investigation i nto “large-scale fraud” against the French treasury and the theft and laundering of millions of euros with cryptocurrencies.

    The Israel Tax Authority and police said in a statement on Monday that they had been investigating a number of people in recent months, suspected of systematically laundering money.

    They said some of the money originated from crimes committed abroad, while using digital currencies on various platforms to obscure and disguise the identity of the owners and the movement of the money.

    The authority added that “the investigation focused on suspicion of large-scale fraud against the state treasury in France that was carried out from Israel.

    “There is also a suspected theft of millions of euros and the laundering of funds by converting it into cryptocurrency.

    ” It further said that the investigation was handled in cooperation with Europol and French police, adding that three main suspects were arrested and a number of others were being held for questioning.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  FIFA U 20 Women s World Cup Falconets defeat South Korea 1 0
    FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets defeat South Korea 1-0
     FIFA U 20 Women s World Cup Falconets defeat South Korea 1 0
    FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets defeat South Korea 1-0
    General news1 day ago

    FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets defeat South Korea 1-0

    FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: Falconets defeat South Korea 1-0 FIFA U- 20 Women’s World Cup: FalcNigeria’s Under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets) defeated  South Korea 1-0 on Sunday in their Group C Match Day Two of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) report that the Falconets got a vital boost at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto Stadium with the defeat of the South Koreans to reach the knock-out round.

    The Falconets also got off to a winning start on Thursday with a 1-0 win over highly-rated France.

    However,  the South Koreans shot to the top of the group when they beat Canada 2-0.Falconets got on a sound footing with excellent passes to the admiration of few spectators but no goal to show for their display in the first half of the match.

    They started very well, but their Korean opponents grew into the game, and even hit the post from a free kick but the Nigerian girls held on.

    Both teams played almost all their tactics and skills all to no avail in the pursuit of a goal that never cameThe Falconets dominated  possession with 64 per cent as against the South Koreans’ 36 per cent.

    Both teams continued from where they stopped with the Falconets dominating  in the second half of the game .

    Esther Onyenezide finally scored for the Falconets in the 83rd minute  of the game for the winning goal.

    Nigeria will be up agsinst Canada on Aug.19 in their next match.

    NAN reports that the victory lifted Falconets to the knockout rounds of the World Cup even before a final group game against Canada.

    The Falconets were paired in Group C along with France, South Korea  and Canada.

    Meanwhile, in another match played earlier in Group D, Japan defeated Ghana 2-0.The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which started  on Aug. 10, is expected to end on 28 in Costa Rica.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kizz Daniel s arrest BBN s Beauty disqualification top social media trends
    Kizz Daniel’s arrest, BBN’s Beauty disqualification top social media trends
     Kizz Daniel s arrest BBN s Beauty disqualification top social media trends
    Kizz Daniel’s arrest, BBN’s Beauty disqualification top social media trends
    Entertainment2 days ago

    Kizz Daniel’s arrest, BBN’s Beauty disqualification top social media trends

    Reality TV show, Big Brother Naija “Level Up” edition, has continued to dominate social media trends since the show kicked off on July 23.The News Agency of Nigeria while keeping tab on trends, noted that a “record breaking” disqualification of a housemate and other dramas generated several reactions on the social media during the week.

    On Aug. 7, BBN housemate, Beauty Tukura, known as Beauty, was disqualified after actions which Big Brother described as “out of line”.

    Beauty had earlier in the week been given a strike for an altercation between her and Ilebaye, during which she pulled the housemate’s wig.

    Also, on Aug.6, Beauty had a misunderstanding with Groovy after the Saturday night party and threw her wig and glasses at him while she also attempted to break the housemate’s microphone.

    She was eventually issued a double strike by Big Brother, which made her the first housemate to receive a strike and also get disqualified in the first week before an eviction.

    On Monday, Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel was arrested in Tanzania during his Afroclassic Tour after he did not show up for a show which he had been paid for.

    The social media was agog after Kizz Daniel was seen escorted to a police station by policemen on the orders of the show promoter.

    There were different reports alleging that Kizz Daniel refused to perform because his gold chain or some clothes were left behind on his previous flight.

    Kizz Daniel’s Road Manager, however,  in live streamed conference on Instagram with media personality, Daddy Freeze, said lack of coordination and proper arrangement of the slated event by promoters of the show led to the misunderstanding.

    Kizz Daniel subsequently apologised for the incident and decided to perform at a later date for free.

    While the social media was cooling off with Kizz Daniel’s arrest, reality TV show, BBN began trending after housemates Khalid and Daniella  were seen making movements under the duvet.

    The housemates turned lovers were wrapped under the sheets as the camera showed movements which viewers described as “aggressive cuddling”, on social media.

    On Tuesday, Nollywood was once again thrown into darkness after the news of the death of 54-year-old  filmmaker, Biyi Bandele, filled the air.

    NAN gathered that Bandele has a yet-to-be-released work, “Elesin Oba” (the King’s Horseman),an adaptation of  Prof. Wole Soyinka’s classic drama, “Death and The King’s Horseman”.

    The movie which he directed for EbonyLifeFilms is slated to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, in September.

    While the industry waa mourning the death of Bandele, another Nigerian filmmaker, Otu Njama, reportedly died on Wednesday after his lifeless body was discovered in his apartment at Badore, Ajah area of Lagos.

    Njama, who was said to be in his thirties was reported to have seen his doctor before he was being told to get rest which he did but did not  wake up after.

    On Thursday, Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets), trended with about 20,000 searches in anticipation of their match against France at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose.The Falconets later defeated France 1- 0 after Flourish Sabastine converted a pass from Mercy Idoko to a late winning goal in the 85th minute.

    On Friday, Nigeria striker, Asisat Oshoala, joined the trends after she was shortlisted for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or Award.

    Oshoala was  recently crowned the 2022 CAF Women’s Player of the Year. An award she won for the fifth time to surpass other contenders.

    On Saturday, English Premiere League (EPL)  team, Manchester United, trended with over 500, 000 searches on Google after the team suffered a 4-0 defeat against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.

    This is, however, the team’s second loss of the new Premier League season after successful pre-season matches which had given fans hope of an interesting season.

    Fans of other English football clubs have continued to troll Manchester United fans with memes suggesting that other games of the team be moved to kids channel for more serious ones to occupy the sports channel.

    On the same day, Gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo, trended with over 20, 000 searches after she and her husband, Pastor Blessed Uzochikwa, tied the knot in a church ceremony.

    Fans and well wishers have continued to congratulate the singer,  after singer and politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, shared a photo of himself and the groom on his Instagram page.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mali s premier hospitalised after illness
    Mali’s premier hospitalised after illness
     Mali s premier hospitalised after illness
    Mali’s premier hospitalised after illness
    Foreign2 days ago

    Mali’s premier hospitalised after illness

    The prime minister serving in Mali’s military junta has been hospitalised after suffering an unspecified illness, one of his advisers and a doctor at the clinic treating him told AFP Saturday.

    “The Prime Minister Choguel Maiga has indeed been admitted to a private clinic in Bamako,” one of his advisors, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.

    “I can tell you that at this stage, he’s okay,” he added.

    A doctor at the clinic confirmed that the prime minister had been admitted for “a serious illness”, adding: “I can tell you that he’s recovering quite well.

    ” Choguel Kokkola Maiga served in several ministerial positions and was three times a candidate for the presidency before junta leader Colonel Assisi Gita appointed him prime minister in June 2021.

    Since then he has repeatedly condemned France for its “abandonment” of Mali in its conflict against jihadist forces in the country.

    France is reconfiguring its position in the Sahel after falling out with the military junta in Mali, the epicentre of the bloody 10-year-old jihadist campaign in the region.

    Maiga has himself been criticised for several months by politicians inside Mali, including some of his own former allies in the M5-RFP movement opposition alliance, of which he was one of the cofounders.

    Some of his critics have called for his resignation.

  •  Volunteer firefighters key in France s fight against wildfires
    Volunteer firefighters key in France’s fight against wildfires
     Volunteer firefighters key in France s fight against wildfires
    Volunteer firefighters key in France’s fight against wildfires
    Foreign3 days ago

    Volunteer firefighters key in France’s fight against wildfires

    Volunteer firefighters have been called up from their day jobs all over France this summer to help battle wildfires.

    “It’s the first year we’ve been summoned so much to help outside” our region, said 23-year-old Victorien Pottier.

    Volunteer firefighters make up more than three-quarters of all the nearly 252,000 firefighters in the country, according to official figures.

    They have been on the frontline dousing flames this summer as the country tackles a historic drought and a series heatwaves that experts say are being driven by climate change.

    These have included a huge blaze in the southwestern region of Gironde, which erupted in July and destroyed 14,000 hectares before it was contained.

    But it continued to smoulder in the tinder-dry pine forests and peat-rich soil, and flared up again this week, burning a further 7,400 hectares.

    When he is not on duty once every five weeks in the northwestern village of Quelaines-Saint-Gault, Pottier works preparing orders for a large dairy products manufacturer.

    In southwest France, Alisson Mendes, 36, a sales assistant for a prominent supermarket group, said she went to help fight the massive blaze in Gironde for two days.

    She said she would be prepared to go back, but thought her chances were slim as she had heard there was a long waiting list of other volunteers hoping to go and help out.

    “They prioritise those who’ve never been,” she said.

    France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Wednesday called on private companies to free up their volunteer firefighters so they could come and help.

    Large companies, including the national gas and electricity providers, on Friday said they would do their best.

    So did Pottier’s dairy product company.

    In the beginning, it was not very enthusiastic about him volunteering his time, says Pottier, who has been on call to fight fires for more than three and a half years.

    Fine balance “But then they saw what was in it for them,” he said.

    “We’re good at spotting risky situations within the company, which helps to avoid work accidents.

    ” Each firm decides how many days they can free up those employees in a case of emergency through a deal they sign with the local firefighting services.

    But Samuel Mathis, secretary general of the volunteer firefighter syndicate, says smaller companies cannot so easily afford to do without their staff.

    The government “tells companies to free up volunteers,” he said.

    “But I don’t see how a tradesperson with just two or three employees can reasonably do without them, especially in August,” he said.

    At the end of 2020, France counted 197,100 volunteer firefighters, according to official figures.

    That is compared to just 41,800 professional firemen and women, and 13,000 paramilitary police trained to help out.

    But when they rush to help extinguish the flames, volunteer firefighters are not paid a salary like their peers.

    Instead, they are only paid compensation of 8 euros ($8) an hour of work — less than the national minimum wage.

    Mathis, of the volunteer firefighting union, said it was too little.

    “It’s not nearly enough to confront flames 40 metres (130 feet) high,” he said.

    It’s an issue that will need addressing as France seeks to recruit more volunteers.

    The president of the National Federation of Firefighters, Gregory Allione, says a massive recruitment drive is needed to find 50,000 people to battle blazes on a voluntary basis by 2027.

    Volunteers usually sign up for a five-year period that can be extended afterwards.

    In the past, people have stayed on for around 11-12 years.

    But this has been slipping, according to Olivier Grauss, who works as a firefighter in the eastern town of Selestat and also volunteers in the smaller village of Obernai “out of passion”.

    The main reasons are “work, school, family”.

    “There are more and more women, but often the women stop after they have a child,” said the 34-year-old, who has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 16.

    Mendes, who comes from Correze in southwestern France, says “many stay for two or three years and leave because they didn’t realise there are so many constraints”.

    “You are not appreciated, you get psychologically exhausted.

    ” Volunteer firefighters have to on a daily basis find a balance between their professional life, their families and the volunteering.

    ‘Constant adrenaline‘ Aurelie Ponzevera is a 39-year-old social worker in Corsica and has been a volunteer firefighter for about 10 years.

    Lack of sleep and lack of time are her biggest constraints.

    She manages to find a balance by coordinating caring for her three-year-old daughter with her partner, who is a professional firefighter.

    “It’s constantly organisation and anticipation.

    We know that when one is on call, the other one is not,” she says.

    “Sometimes it’s very complicated on the emotional level, but we have to move past it and continue.

    But that’s part of the package with this constant adrenaline, that’s part of what draws us to it,” Ponzevera says.

  •  International Youth Day 2022 The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
    International Youth Day 2022: The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
     International Youth Day 2022 The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
    International Youth Day 2022: The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa
    Africa4 days ago

    International Youth Day 2022: The role of youth in driving financial inclusion in Africa

    The African Union defines 'youth' as ​​someone between the ages of 15 and 35.

    With 70% of sub-Saharan Africa's population under the age of 30, Africa has the youngest population in the world.

    With such a thriving young workforce, the continent's economy has the opportunity to grow exponentially, but only if the next generations are given the tools they need.

    It is crucial that young people are involved in decision-making processes and are provided with numerous opportunities for employment and innovation.

    Depending on their needs and stage of life, access to financial services can empower young people and improve their well-being in the right circumstances.

    According to research, children start developing good financial habits as early as seven years old.

    A study conducted by the OECD for the G20 Global Alliance for Financial Inclusion shows that young people are more likely to choose non-traditional financial service providers, as they often have weak ties to the formal banking sector, both in sub-Saharan Africa as globally.

    It should come as no surprise that this generation is driving fintech adoption globally given that they have never known a world without mobile, web and app-based services.

    The study further revealed that; one in three internet users worldwide is under the age of 18, and globally, 71% of young people and just 48% of the general population use the internet.

    Many national governments, including Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, and Spain, have explicitly recognized Internet access as a human right since access to online information and services has become so crucial.

    At Cellulant (www.Cellulant.io), we see fintech collaborations as a vehicle to promote financial inclusion, business expansion, and overall economic development in Africa.

    We work daily to open options for people to become financially autonomous and empowered by giving global, regional and local businesses the rails they need to own their financial journeys.

    We see collaborations with Fintech companies, especially those founded and led by young people, as a tool to promote financial inclusion and the growth of individual companies, as well as the economy of the African continent as a whole.

    As some of our recent partnerships demonstrate, Young African Founders in Africa is making significant strides across a variety of sectors to drive financial inclusion; In the Gig Economy: The one-stop financial platform for Africa's gig workers, ImaliPay (www.ImaliPay.com) has partnered with Cellulant for its payments infrastructure and solutions in Kenya and Nigeria.

    Founded by 2 young Africans, Tatenda Furusa (https://bit.ly/3QoO9tw) and Sanmi Akinmusire (https://bit.ly/3zQi3Q8), ImaliPay is driving financial inclusion by enabling ImaliPay users to access services faster through Cellulant's pay rails while building an ecosystem where temp workers can create a safety net around their work through savings, credit and insurance that boost their productivity and economic empowerment .

    Cellulant is also the payment processor for Gray (https://bit.ly/3JNRakz), a Y-combinator-backed fintech startup, powering thousands of Gray customers with their payments.

    Gray offers a unique international money transfer service that allows its users to quickly send and receive international payments without restrictions.

    Gray was launched in 2021 by Idorenyin Obong (https://bit.ly/3zK17uE) and Femi Aghedo (https://bit.ly/3zOl1Vr), who wanted to help Nigerians easily switch to local currency and access foreign currencies in your accounts Retail: Leveraging Cellulant's presence across the continent, where we have a presence in 35 countries, MarketForce (https://bit.ly/3AhDfzZ) has partnered with Cellulant to offer additional revenue opportunities for informal retailers by empowering them to be agents of major financial services, as well as access to payments, savings, investments, insurance, and buy now, pay later products.

    Founded in 2018 by Tesh Mbaabu (https://bit.ly/3QmKE6O) and Mesongo Sibuti (https://bit.ly/3C3ZJG8), MarketForce is an all-inclusive B2B trading platform that enables informal traders in Africa digitally and conveniently source, order and pay for inventory, access financing, collect digital payments and earn extra money by reselling digital financial services like airtime, electricity tokens and bill payment through your RejaReja app.

    In the remittance industry: At Cellulant, our goal is to simplify the way payments are made by making sure they are made in the most seamless way.

    This fluidity is also needed in the remittance space, hence our partnership with Nala (https://www.Nala.com) to facilitate seamless cross-border payments and significantly reduce the cost of sending money from the UK and abroad.

    USA to Africa.

    Nala is a Y-Combinator-backed company, founded by Benjamin Fernandes (https://bit.ly/3SGQ7XL), that provides an app for Africans living in the UK and US to seamlessly send money to the continent .

    Cellulant continues to drive payments across the continent, one transaction at a time, helping businesses explore how the evolution of digital payment solutions can help create jobs, increase service delivery efficiencies and foster financial inclusion of our young population to develop payment in Africa.

    sector and promote economic development.