The Next Wave: ‘Demonstrate me the dangers’

In accordance with KPMG, the 2020/21 high 10 exchange risks in Nigeria are as follows: regulatory; monetary and monetary coverage; foreign alternate volatility; cybersecurity; political; technology infrastructure; customer attrition; skills shortage/attrition; exchange continuity; governance.


Regulatory possibility has develop to be more prominent over time. It was as soon as number 7 in KPMG’s 2016 peep and rose to third situation in 2018. It’s now the no 1 possibility for interior most companies, severely those in monetary companies. 


The possibility hierarchy for tech, media and telecommunications firms differs from the final high 10 above. Customer attrition, cybersecurity and foreign alternate volatility risks are most urgent, whereas regulatory possibility was as soon as ranked sixth.

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Let’s account for that 77% of the firms in this peep appreciate an annual turnover of over $15 million and 48% appreciate over 300 workers. Most Nigerian startups are no longer at these marks, resulting from this truth the possibility maps might possibly possibly possibly no longer be an true match.

On the opposite hand, these signposts give a approach of what VC’s can quiz when they conception to invest with the goal of reaping multimillion-dollar returns.

AfricArena initiatives that VC funding in Africa shall be between $2.25 billion and $2.8 billion this year. That shall be a huge recovery from the $1.43 million in 2020 (per Partech). 

Nigeria raised $307 million of that 2020 whole. Will the nation withhold its perch on the head with a putatively riskier ambiance?

With Egypt on the march, possibly no longer. But Yoneyama, who has a new $18 million to invest all the way by way of Africa, says “market potential and tenacity of Nigerian founders surpass such risks, so we’ll withhold investing.”

And why no longer? Twitter bans and hostile governments come and race however the optimism for challenge in Africa will finest make bigger. Exits are no longer but now not original but one or two ventures appreciate paid dividend. But those rewards are for folks that, the dangers above, mild dive in.

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