In Africa, OPay and WeChat have more in common than just being super apps


History of a Chinese super app in Africa

In 2013, Chinese Internet-based platform company Tencent entered the African market with its super app, WeChat. It debuted in South Africa where Naspers, its Africa-focused counterpart, became a shareholder in the venture.

Two years after, things did not seem to be going so well. WeChat was going through a rough patch and there had been rumours of an exit from the Nigerian market where it had a huge market, which a WeChat representative in West Africa officially denied at the time.


Suggested Read: What is the fate of WeChat in Nigeria?


The multi-purpose app eventually did exit the West African market and eventually all of Africa, howbeit quietly. Activities on its website seemed to stop in early 2017.

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Before the official entrance, there were already African users on WeChat, and now, Africans still use WeChat, the only difference is that it no longer has an official presence.

A Tencent signed office

The African arm of its parent company, Tencent Africa still exists and is working on other…



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