Nigerian payments startup Paystack has been acquired by US-based payments giant, Stripe in a $200 million -range deal.
That makes this the biggest startup acquisition to date to come out of Nigeria, as well as Stripe’s biggest acquisition to date anywhere.
Like Stripe, Paystack provides a quick way to integrate payments services into an online or offline transaction by way of an Application-Programming Interface (API)
In 2018, Stripe led an $8 million funding round for Paystack, with others participating including Visa and Tencent.
Paystack currently boasts around 60,000 customers, including small businesses, larger corporate, fintechs and online betting companies.
For it’s global expansion into Africa, Paystack presented the perfect opportunity. But while this is the biggest acquisition deal to come out of sub-Saharan Africa, reports suggest both companies might continue to operate independently.