OPay takes another step towards becoming Africa’s WeChat with new messaging feature

Following the question OPay put to the public in a tweet after it launched its most recent vertical, OCar, it is clear that the Norwegian-owned startup has something else brewing. And it has turned out to be more than one thing.

In a way to support its vision to drive financial inclusion in Nigeria, particularly in the informal sector, the startup has introduced USSD code to make transfers, withdrawals, and other services easy to carry out. In similar news, OPay now has an instant messaging feature — Friends — which allows real-time conversations between users, shared payments, and quick fund transfers.

According to Ridwan Olalere, OPay’s Senior Director of Operations, “The Friends feature is to foster more communication amongst friends and family who use OPay.”

In an email to Techpoint, he said this was necessary to further promote the company’s plan to make OPay a lifestyle app. He added that the feature would be enhanced in the coming months to improve its functionality.


For now, Friends supports chatting, sharing media,…

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