1st Circular Crescent, Accra-Ghana - Zeepay, the leading African Challenger Fintech with operations in over 10 African countries today acquired a 51 percent stake in Mangwee Mobile Money Zambia. In a private placement Zeepay and Mangwee agreed to a sale of 51 percent of Mangwee shares to Zeepay. The deal makes Zeepay Ghana the majority shareholder of the entity.
Mangwee has been in operations since 2018, and was initially set up to operate as an alternative wallet targeting university students in Zambia with the aim of assisting to drive the cost of mobile money services downward.
Zeepay is the leading African challenger fintech with operations across 20 African countries and 30 day active in 10 of them. The company specializes in paying remittances into mobile money wallets across Africa and is regulated by both Bank of Ghana as an EMI issuer and in the UK as a Money Transfer Operator, by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The merger is the first of its kind; that two Indigenous African fintechs into Mobile Money operations have come together to grow representing a wind of change ongoing on the African continent. Zeepay's financial advisor Verdant Capital, acted as Zeepay's M&A advisor on the acquisition.
The Managing Director of Zeepay, Andrew Takyi-Appiah, in an interview mentioned that “In 2020 we processed 2.4million transactions valued at $400million across 10 markets. The acquisition of Mangwee is strategic and opens up the Southern African corridor for Zeepay. This will give Zeepay access to Mozambique, Malawi, Angola and Namibia amongst others in our efforts to capture Africa’s $70billion remittance market and opportunity to deploy our award winning products.”
Paa Kwasi Yankey, Chairman of Zeepay, mentioned "The move to invest in Mangwee is part of our global strategy to expand our footprint across Africa. In an effort to better serve our global clients and reduce the cost of remittance into Africa."
“Acquisition of Mangwee by Zeepay marks the opening of Southern Africa to the world of conveniently affordable IMT services,” said Aston Njovu, co-founder of Mangwee.
Bwalya Kampamba and Aston Njovu, Founders of Mangwee mentioned “the partnership with Zeepay is good for Africa and Zambia. Through this we will be able to leverage their award winning mobile money products such as Remit Insurance, Payments, and Visa-direct to deepen financial inclusion and open up the markets.”
Zeepay is the fastest growing mobile financial services company across Africa with operations in Ghana and United Kingdom and terminating to 20 countries across Africa with termination agreements in over 90 jurisdictions globally. We specialize in remittance termination into mobile wallets and are completely network and partner agnostic. We are a wholly owned Ghanaian company and regulated in the UK by Financial Conduct Authority-FCA #592538 and in Ghana by Bank of Ghana- PSD/ZGL/20/03 under the Payment Systems and Services Act, 2019 (Act 987). Zeepay supports Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 and is considered a Financial Inclusion Company positioned to improve last mile access. Visit myzeepay.com for more information.
Mangwee is a mobile money transfer platform aimed at increasing the rate of financial inclusion especially in rural areas and propelling Zambia and Africa to a cash-light economy. We do this through the provision of an easy secure and affordable payment platform. Mangwee is a mobile money and remittance platform that began operations in 2018 with the aim of transforming the entire cross-section of education and finance across the African continent beginning with Zambia.
Aston Njovu, co-founder of Mangwee, (Left) with Andrew Takyi-Appiah, CEO of Zeepay Ghana, (Right)