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Failing into Success: Meet Jason Njoku, Founder iRokoTv

The advent of the internet has, no doubt, revolutionized how movie lovers consume content.

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NBC, Jason Njoku, Founder and CEO of iROKO tv

The advent of the internet has, no doubt, revolutionised how movie lovers consume content. In recent times, there has been an increase in the number of Video-on-Demand (VoD) platforms in the country. The relatively affordable cost of data has further contributed to the increasing number of these platforms in Nigeria.

With nearly $4 billion in revenue and almost 2,000 productions every year, Nollywood is the second largest movie industry by volume. In the past, Nollywood movies were mostly sold on the streets and to idling motorists caught in traffic as pirated copies. However, things seem to have changed in the last few years.

Presently, movie lovers can have multiple VoD apps installed on their devices. All one has to worry about is the cost of data, as well as a monthly subscription charge. These platforms serve Nigerians with local and foreign video content.

Meet Jason Njoku, CEO, iRokoTv, one of the early video-on-demand platforms for Nigerian movies. The iRokoTv brand has grown to become one of the largest platforms for Nollywood movies and TV series.

In a question and answer session, Jason took us through the iRokoTv journey.

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Family background and work experience

Jason was born on 11th December, 1980 into a large family and brought up in London; though while growing up, he lived in Nigeria for some years. His mother raised him and his four brothers and sisters by herself, whilst working a full-time job.

The young Jason proceeded to the University of Manchester, where he bagged a degree in Chemistry and graduated with a 2.1 in 2004. Jason is an experienced entrepreneur with a series of success and failure stories.

According to Jason, iROKO was his 10th shot at entrepreneurship – all previous ventures had failed.

The birth of iRokoTv

The idea to start iRokoTv came after his mother sent him to buy some Nollywood movies in London and after several attempts, he could not find any movie to either buy or stream online. He saw a huge gap and opportunity – a global desire for content, but no easy means of accessing it.

This later prompted Jason to move back to Lagos and start research on the industry. He started acquiring hundreds of online licenses for Nollywood movies, to upload onto YouTube.

According to him:

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“What informed my decision to move into the digitisation of Nollywood was the fact that there was a global desire for content. Everything was super informal and based on geography. Bringing the content online erased those borders in an instant.”

Challenges faced at the initial stage, and presently?

Considering the cost, low internet penetration and poor level of infrastructure in the country, one of the biggest challenges faced by the firm at the initial stage was that of uploading the video content onto the internet.

According to Jason, there was a time, when it was easier for him to purchase the online licenses of movies on hard drives, and then fly back to the UK, in order to upload them onto their site.

As was the case for most other start-ups in the country, logistics was a major challenge for Jason while starting.

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“We were also doing something that no-one else on the continent had tried to do, which is to build an online community around and monetise Nollywood. So we had no blueprint for this, and finding people with the right experience to help us execute on our vision was also a major issue.”

How did he get funding at the initial stage?

IROKO was initially supported by Jason’s friend from university, Bastian Gotter. He was the company’s angel investor and, together with a couple of his colleagues, supported iROKO until it was in a position to attract institutional investors and in 2011, the company was approached by Tiger Global after an article came out about the platform in TechCrunch, and they took the platform through the first institutional investment round.

According to Jason, the platform was well received from its earliest days. He noted that the early metrics gave him the confidence to keep building and investing in the concept of bringing Nollywood online. However, building the platform itself came from a Series A investment, led by Tiger Global.

Building the iRoko tv team

Building the right team is important to the success of any organisation. Jason revealed that recruitment was primarily through his personal networks and friends from the University.

“I still look to personal networks to find the best people, although we also go through recommendations, we advertise across social platforms and through recruiters –we don’t have just one approach to sourcing talent.”

Advent of new entrants into the system?

Jason revealed that the platform is prepared for the challenge posed by new entrants into the market.

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“In last couple of years, the platform has witnessed a growth in subscriber base in Lagos by rolling out an offline strategy with the iRoko Tv kiosks – where it connects with customers and assists them with downloading the app, subscribing, downloading content onto their phones for free, situated in key locations and bringing their product closer to customers. “

The platform currently has customers spread across the continent with customers from Africa representing 67% of the platform’s total subscriber base. With Nigeria accounting for 41.9%, French-speaking African countries account for 18.3% and English-speaking Africa accounts for 6.6%.

Jason is happily married to Mary Njoku, the film actress, and producer, and together they have three children.  He spends his free time swimming and with his kids. He is also an avid reader of business-focused books.

Fikayo has a degree in computer science with economics from Obafemi Awolowo University. ITIL v3 in IT service management. An alumnus of Daystar Leadership Academy. Prior to joining Nairametrics had stinct in Project management, Telecommunications among others. Also training in Consulting and Investment banking from Edubridge Academy. He has very keen interest in Politics, Agri-business, private equity and global economics. He loves travelling and watching football. You can contact him via [email protected]

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Daily Parallel Market exchange rate – ₦475/$1

The US dollar stands at ₦475/US$1 in the parallel market

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Forex, NIGERIA: Daily Parallel Market, Exchange Rate

The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar as of Wednesday, August 12th 2020 stands at 475/US$1 in the parallel market. The exchange rate closed at 485/US$1 on Tuesday 11th August 2020.

  • Naira:475
  • Dollar: $1
  • Date: August 12th, 2020

The exchange rate between the naira and the British pound sterling stands at  ₦575/₤1 on Wednesday 12th August as against ₦584/₤1 recorded on Tuesday 11th August 2020.

  • Naira: ₦575
  • Pounds Sterling: ₤1
  • Date: August 12th, 2020

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The exchange rate between the naira and the European euro stands at ₦530/€1 on Wednesday 12th August 2020. The exchange rate also closed at ₦535/€1 on Tuesday 11th August 2020.

  • Naira: ₦530
  • Euro: €1
  • Date: August 12th, 2020

Activity: USD currently sells for an average of 475/US$1 in the parallel market

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READ ALSO: The risk of buying Forex at black market rate of N460/$1 

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08/12/2020Euro520530
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Data is collated from various black market dealers on the mainland and island of Lagos State where forex is sold. The price quoted daily on this page represents the average price obtained by our Research Team. Our prices are a guide and could be slightly different from the price you get when you eventually decide to buy or sell. This is a daily tracker and updated close of business. See table below for parallel market exchange rate dating to 2019.

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Sterling Bank reveals N215 billion sequestered by CBN as CRR Debits

Sterling Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s tier 2 banks reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s CBN restricted about N215.5 billion of its customer deposits as of June 2020.

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Sterling Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s tier 2 banks reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s CBN restricted about N215.5 billion of its customer deposits as of June 2020.

The bank reported this in its 2020 half-year interim results published on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. According to the data, Sterling Bank’s confirmed the amount of its customer deposits now held by the CBN is about N215.5 billion and explained it “represent mandatory reserve deposits and are not available for use in the bank’s day-to-day operations” which can be interpreted as Cash Reserve Requirement “CRR”.

Sterling Bank Data

  • Deposits from Customers – N915.3b (N892. 6billion)
  • Loans to customers – N615 billion (Dec 2019: N618.7 billion)
  • Sterling Bank CRR – N215.5 billion (Dec 2019: N122.1 billion)
  • Sterling Bank got debited N93 billion so far this year
  • This breaks down to about N71.1 billion and N21.9 billion debited in the first and second quarters respectively.
  • CRR as a percentage of deposits as at June 2020 – 23.5%

CBN CRR Policy

The central bank of Nigeria increased its cash reserve requirement (CRR) to 27.5% from 22.5% at the monetary policy committee meeting held on January 23rd to 24th. The CRR is the amount the CBN debits from banks accounts in compliance with its monetary policy objective of mandatorily keeping cash on behalf of banks. The amount is not available for banks to use.

Sterling Bank Results

Sterling Bank also published its 2020 second-quarter results showing net interest income was up 16% to N18 billion.

  • Pre-tax profits also rose 24% YoY to N3.3 billion despite the Covid-19 pandemic induced economic lockdowns.
  • Despite the improved profits, the bank did report a spike in its provisions for impairments jumping almost 3 folds to N5.3 billion.
  • To put this into context, Sterling Bank suffered an impairment of N5.8 billion in the whole of 2019.
  • Sterling Bank’s cost to income ratio remains high at about 86%.

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Exchange rate stabilizes as market adjust to new devaluation regime

The Naira remained stable again against the dollar to close at N475/$1 on Tuesday.

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FOREX, Dollar scarcity worsens as exchange rate falls to N472/$1 at black market 

Nigeria’s exchange rate at the NAFEX window remained stable to close at N385.50 during intraday trading on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. In a similar development, the exchange rate at the parallel market remained stable for a second consecutive trading day on Tuesday as it closed at N475/$1 after exchanging for as high as N485/$1.

READ ALSO: Exchange rate falls across the forex markets as CBN devalues the naira

Market Watch

Parallel Market: At the black market where forex is traded unofficially, the Naira remained stable again against the dollar to close at N475/$1 on Tuesday, according to information from Abokifx, a prominent FX tracking website. This was the same rate that it exchanged on Monday, August 10.

READ ALSO: Naira falls to N475/$1, another new low as exchange rate disparity widens

NAFEX: The Naira remained stable against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window on Tuesday, closing at N385.50/$1.

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  • This was the same rate that was reported on the last trading day, Monday, August 10.
  • The opening indicative rate was N386.20 to a dollar on Tuesday. This represents a 3 kobo drop when compared to the N386.17 to a dollar that was recorded on Monday.
  • The Naira fell to as high as N387 during intraday trading before strengthening to the closed rate of N385.50. It also sold for as low as N380/$1 during intraday trading.

Forex is sold at several prices and at different times during the day.

READ ALSO: Naira gains at the NAFEX window as market liquidity improves

Forex Turnover: Meanwhile, forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window improved significantly on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, as it rose by  705% day on day.

  • According to the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ, forex turnover rose from $3.97 million on Monday, August 10, 2020, to $31.96 million on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
  • The forex turnover for the day although improved significantly from the previous trading day, still remained low. This just as dollar supply has remained very weak.
  • The average forex sale for last week was about $50.6 million which is an improvement on the $32 million that was recorded the previous week. FX turnover which hit a record low of $3.97 million, recorded a significant improvement but is still a far cry from the over $200 million turnover that was recorded in January.
  • Total forex trading at the NAFEX window in the month of July was $937 million compared to $875 million in June.
  • The exchange rate disparity between the official NAFEX rate and the black-market rate is still as wide as N89.5. Nigeria maintains multiple exchange rates comprising the CBN official rate, the BDC rates, SMIS, and the NAFEX (I&E window). The wide disparity between the 2 rates has created huge arbitrage opportunities for some highly connected individuals.

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Exchange rate unification remains on the cards and yet to be implemented weeks after the central bank governor confirmed it will be executed.

The foreign exchange market appears to be getting used to the recent adjustment of the official exchange rate by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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