The Latest Marker of Chinese Interest in African Fintech Is a $120 Million Funding Round for OPay
By Yomi Kazeem
Chinese interest in African fintech has just stepped up another gear.
OPay, the payments service operating in Nigeria, has raised $120 million in a Series B round led mainly by Chinese investors including familiar names like Sequoia China, IDG Capital and Source Code Capital. The round also included participation from Softbank Ventures Asia, Meituan-Dianping, DragonBall Capitak, GaoRong Capital and GSR Ventures.
It’s the second major funding announcement by OPay this year and comes just five months after it raised $50 million back in July in a round also led by Chinese investors. OPay was incubated by Opera, the China-owned internet browser. OPay says the new funding will be deployed to launch operations in Kenya, Ghana and South Africa.
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