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Bamboo, the Nigerian online stock platform, has extended its reach into South Africa, a move set to redefine investment opportunities across the continent. This expansion allows South African users to invest directly in US stocks through their smartphones, facilitated by Bamboo’s newly acquired financial services provider license from the South African Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA).

Founded in 2019, Bamboo has steadily expanded its presence, initially launching in Ghana in 2022 and subsequently introducing Nigerian stocks to its platform in 2024. This growth follows partnerships and regulatory clearances obtained from relevant authorities in each market, demonstrating Bamboo’s commitment to compliance and operational integrity.

Richmond Bassey, CEO and Co-Founder of Bamboo, highlighted South Africa’s robust investment environment, citing the consistent performance of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) All-Share index as a testament to the country’s attractive investment climate.

Despite facing challenges, including a temporary freeze of its accounts by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2021, Bamboo has persevered, securing a $15 million Series A funding round in January 2022. This funding has bolstered its user base to over 500,000 registered users, reflecting growing demand for accessible investment platforms across Africa.

Bamboo’s expansion into South Africa underscores its role in democratizing finance, aiming to empower African investors by offering easy access to global markets and providing comprehensive educational resources on investment opportunities.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

3rd July, 2024

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