Okapi Finance to expand operations in Africa


Okapi Finance has announced plans to expand in Botswana, Nigeria and The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the end of 2018.

The remittance firm operates in Kenya as Okapi East Africa and aims to be the pana-frican solution targeting to reach 145 million customers in the next 10 years according to its founder Gisele Mwepu. Mwepu was recently awarded Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Financial Services for her work as the Founder and CEO of Okapi Finance International. The award ceremony was organized and hosted by CEO Global and held in Accra, Ghana.

CEO Global is a Business and Professional Services company that has during the last 19 years focused on the identification of Africa’s leading talent and sharing their success stories throughout the Continent. The company’s products include, CEO magazines, Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, Titans: Building Nations, FLUID (Future Leaders Under Individual Development), Supply Worx and Mentor Me 24/7 and Custom work.

The awards are the leading Pan African recognition programme honouring excellence in the private and public sector. The programme covers 23 economic sectors and has for close to two decades independently recognised those leaders who are at the pinnacle of their industry.

Okapi launched its services in Kenya in November 2017 and its mission is to bank the unbanked by providing financial inclusion and increasing access to financial services. The firm recently also partnered with Mpesa, through which Okapi subscribers can transfer cash from their Okapi wallet to their M-Pesa accounts and vise versa.

‘’For me, interoperability between solutions in Africa is the key to achieve financial inclusion. That’s why Okapi is keen to partner with the existing local players in different countries, to facilitate not just inbound transactions but also cross-borders transactions between the different countries in Africa’’ Said Gisele.