In a significant stride towards enhancing Nigeria’s financial landscape, Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments technology company, has unveiled “Swap,” a groundbreaking digital solution in partnership with Wema Bank and Kadavra BDC. This innovative platform, backed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is poised to revolutionize how Nigerians access foreign currency at competitive exchange rates. The official announcement of this pioneering endeavor was made during a press conference at Flutterwave’s headquarters in Ikoyi.
Addressing a Crucial Need
Swap comes at a time when Nigerians and businesses are grappling with limited access to foreign currencies, a challenge that has hindered international transactions, investments, and cross-border financial activities. These hurdles have not only stymied macroeconomic growth but also impeded personal financial aspirations, leaving individuals struggling to tap into global opportunities.
As the Central Bank of Nigeria’s approved digital platform for currency exchanges, Swap promises to provide a secure, seamless, and financially rewarding solution for consumers and businesses alike. With the launch of Swap, Flutterwave aims to empower Nigerians, granting them greater purchasing power and offering businesses the potential for massive investments.
Convenient Access to Global Currencies
To further facilitate rapid access to major global currencies such as the US Dollar, Euro, and British Pound, Flutterwave will introduce a convenient card issuance system for Swap users. Starting from October 2023, Flutterwave intends to distribute over 10 million of these cards to Nigerians, streamlining access to Personal Travel Allowance (PTA) and Business Travel Allowance (BTA). This development will significantly benefit individuals pursuing educational endeavors, embarking on business ventures, or fulfilling various travel requirements.
A Visionary CEO’s Perspective
Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola, Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, expressed his enthusiasm for this groundbreaking product launch, stating, “At Flutterwave, our dedication to innovation is matched only by our commitment to simplifying financial processes for endless possibilities. Swap represents a significant leap forward in how Nigerians will engage with foreign exchange. We understand the FX access challenges individuals and businesses face, and Swap is our answer to those pain points, providing a seamless and efficient platform for currency exchange. We are honored to have secured regulatory approval and the trust of our partners Kadavra BDC and Wema Bank to bring this life-changing solution to Nigerians.”
Endorsed by Financial Leaders
Cynthia Onyinyechi, CEO of Kadavra BDC, emphasized the significance of Swap, stating, “Swap is a step in the right direction for solving major FX problems for Nigerians and has simplified the process for accessing foreign currency at the click of a button.” Moruf Oseni, Managing Director of Wema Bank, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing their commitment to digital innovation and stating, “We are proud to be on this journey with Flutterwave because we believe a product like Swap will have a major impact across all sectors.”
Accessibility and Expansion
One-click access to Swap is available to existing users of Flutterwave for Business and Send App. Additionally, Swap will be accessible via API for banks and will welcome new users to the platform.
Flutterwave’s Swap is a game-changing development that promises to alleviate the challenges faced by Nigerians in accessing foreign currency. With the backing of the Central Bank of Nigeria, this innovative digital platform offers convenience, security, and financial rewards to both individuals and businesses, thereby ushering in a new era of financial freedom and global opportunities for Nigerians.