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TechCrunch Baptizes Nigeria As Center of Africa's Digital Finance

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Here, TechCrunch baptizes Nigeria as the center of Africa's digital finance: "more founders and VCs are opting for Nigeria as the epicenter for digital finance growth on the continent".

On debate, the case could be made that 2019 was the year when Nigeria become Africa’s unofficial capital for fintech investment and digital finance startups.

Kenya has held this title hereto, with the local success and global acclaim of its M-Pesa mobile-money product. But more founders and VCs are opting for Nigeria as the epicenter for digital finance growth on the continent.

A rough tally of 2019 TechCrunch coverage — including previously mentioned rounds — pegs fintech-related investment in the West African country at around $400 million over the last 12 months. That’s equivalent to roughly one-third of all startup VC raised for the entire continent in 2018, according to Partech stats.