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Elon Musk hated Twitter’s free speech policy so much… he bought $3bn shares to take control

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Billionaire co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of electric vehicle maker, Tesla,
Elon Musk, hated Twitter free speech principles so much he had to purchase a 9.2 percent stake in the company worth approximately $3bn, to take control.

As the shock of the acquisition begins to settle down after Musk purchased exactly 73,486,938 Twitter shares to make him the single largest shareholder in the social media company, past tweets by the world’s richest man have revealed he was so angry with the free speech policies of the platform that he bought over the platform.

Musk who now has four times the number of shares the company’s founder, Jack Dorsey, had always been critical of Twitter’s free speech principles and on several occasions, had called for censorship to be stripped back and even shared a tweet discussing this view.

“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy,” he had once written.

“What should be done?” He added, with a poll which had majority of respondents giving him support, with some asking him to do something about it.

In another tweet shortly before buying the shares, Musk had insinuated that he could take over the platform with his followers not knowing he had already purchased his stake in the company at that point.

Experts have quickly drawn up the conclusion that his purchase of the Twitter shares was made with the aim of bringing about some significant changes at Twitter.

With Musk’s purchase of the shares, and the company stock shooting up by 25 percent within 24 hours of the announcement, investors are looking forward to sweeping, positive changes in the near future.

Musk is yet to tweet about his purchase of Twitter shares but his 80 million followers may not have to wait for long.

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Kenyan music streaming platform, Mdundo, reports 290% user growth since 2020 IPO

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Foremost Kenyan music streaming platform, Mdundo, says it has recorded a whopping 290 percent user growth which has taken it to a 20 million mark since going public in 2020.

Mdundo which was launched in 2023, provides access to the continent’s hottest music to users in 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with millions monthly downloads and streams via its website and app.

According to Disrupt Africa, the company got listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Denmark in 2020 following an over-subscribed pre-sale period that raised $6.4 million at the time in a bid to solidify its leading position in the pan-African music market.

Since then, it has grown the number of monthly active users by 290 percent from five million to almost 20 million, with revenue growing by approximately 340 percent over the same period.

Mdundo CEO Martin Nielsen, in a statement on Thursday, said the platform is also planning to focus more deeply on the five biggest music markets in Sub-Saharan Africa which include Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana.

“Our growth strategy in the last two years has paid off with strong user growth and consistent revenue growth across our core markets. Looking forward towards 2025, we will continue focusing on aggressive growth in users and revenue but with an increased focus on driving value per user and we expect a positive EBITDA by 2025,” Nielsen said.

“Our focus will remain on user and revenue growth and we expect to grow our revenues by approximately 100 per cent from this year to the year ending June 2023,” he added.

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Nigerian fintech, Moove, secures $20 million credit from British International Investment

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Nigerian mobility fintech startup, Moove has made significant moves with its capital as it has secured a $20 million four-year structured credit.

The tech company received the credit from the British International Investment (BII), the UK government’s development finance institution.

The investment was announced at a business reception in Lagos co-hosted by the British high commissioner in Nigeria.

“BII forms an important part of the UK’s package of tools and expertise to help Nigeria build their pipeline for investment and scale up infrastructure investment, in particular to achieve clean, green growth. The launch of BII marks a continuation of this partnership, and we look forward to seeing BII’s support expand and diversify in Nigeria.”  Catriona Laing said.

BII’s Chief Executive Officer, Nick O’Donohoe, while speaking on the rationale behind the move said “in Moove, BII has a partner that aligns with our commitment to back dynamic tech-enabled businesses that can help accelerate impact in Nigeria by strengthening the country’s informal transport industry.”

“I am delighted that not only will BII’s investment help to create jobs and provide entrepreneurial self-starters with the means to own their vehicles, but Moove’s clear focus on gender diversity will foster inclusive economic opportunities for women, both within the company’s workforce and among its drivers.” O’Donohoe concluded.

Moove, according to information on its official website, was founded in response to the challenge faced by over 2 million African mobility entrepreneurs – the lack of access to vehicle financing. It was initially built to solve this problem in Lagos and has since expanded to 6 cities across Africa.

Moove raised $23 million in 2021 to scale rapidly across the continent.

The tech company is raising its revenue-based financing model globally to serve the millions of mobility entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world who have limited or no access to a vehicle or vehicle financing.

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