• The potential impact of open banking on the growth of fintech in Africa.

    Open banking is an evolving concept in Nigeria which is yet to be operational for African countries as of Q1 2023. However, it has the potential to greatly benefit the country’s economy. Open banking allows financial institutions to share certain data with authorized third parties, such as fintechs, in order to access new products and …

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  • Authentication and authorization over “dumb” channels for open banking

    In Nigeria, incorporating FAPI with feature phones and channels not driven by internet has been a big concern, but OBN now has the answer. Read all about it on our latest blog post

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  • How Open Banking will help businesses with money management

    A major challenge experienced by both SMEs, MSMEs and large businesses is determining how best to manage their money gotten from sales or other operations.   The reality is that many businesses leave money on the table by letting funds sit in their current accounts. Of course, the banks are more than happy for companies to …

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  • 5 Innovative Ideas that Open banking will support

    by Victor Aboh Have you ever thought to yourself, “if only I could get this piece of data from a certain financial institution, I would make an application that solves a pressing customer issue”? Then, Open banking is here for you! Open Banking provides the framework for consumers to permit financial institutions to share their …

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  • Open Banking Explained in 60 seconds

    If you were asked to explain the concept of Open Banking, how would you describe it in less than a minute? Watch Open Banking Nigeria Trustee, Adedeji Olowe, in 60 seconds simplify the term and why it has been important to drive and establish Open Banking standards in the last 5 years. Watch the video …

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  • Open Banking: Driving growth for banks in Nigeria

    Introduction The way we carry out financial transactions today is very different from what it used to be. At the moment, there are a lot of fintech companies and innovators constantly pushing the boundaries within the finance sector. These advancements have created the importance of seamlessly sharing data through an open banking system. This would …

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  • Open Banking In Africa

    The conversation on Open Banking in Africa is one that has been a long time coming. While the benefits seem apparent at first glance, there’s a lot at stake for banks, fintechs, governments, and consumers. Open Banking uses secure application programming interface (API) integration with banking systems and mutually agreed on API taxonomy to let …

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  • Open APIs: Why fintechs should also adopt common standards

    In March 2021, Flutterwave, one of Nigeria’s Fintechs, raised a Series C funding of $170M, at a $1 billion valuation. Flutterwave became the second Fintech in Nigeria to reach a $1 billion valuation after Interswitch, which reached a $1billion valuation in 2019 when Visa acquired a 20% stake in the company.

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  • How Open banking can transform payments in Nigeria

    A couple of years ago, every Nigerian household made the monthly trip to the bank or electricity provider company, cash in hand, with their bill slip and means of identification to pay their electric bills. It was a similar story for all other bills and payments people had to make.  Payments improved after the CBN …

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  • Why Open Banking and what’s in it for banks in Nigeria?

    With the many changes in the banking sector and the country as a whole, Open Banking seeks to bridge the gap between banks and fintechs with standardized API access; where all banks share the same data and API taxonomy. It is essential to note that there is currently a power imbalance between banks and fintechs. …

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