GITEX AFRICA: Kogi-born Daniyan Victor Wins Fintech Prize in Morocco

28 years old Chief Executive Officer and founder of Nearpays Technology Limited, Daniyan Victor  has won the prestigious Gitex Africa supernova technology competition in Morocco.

Victor, an indigene of Mopa in Mopamuro local government area of Kogi state, will be representing Africa in an intercontinental competition in Dubai later in the year.

Nearpays Technology Limited has emerged best in the Fintech and Blockchain category of the Supernova Challenge at GITEX Africa, Morocco.

Nearpays was awarded a cash prize of 10,000 US Dollars and free all-expenses trip to GITEX Global to be hosted by the Dubai World Trade Center in the United Arab Emirates, in October, 2023.

The Head Cooperate Affairs of Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mrs. Hadiza Umar, disclosed this in a statement.

Victor has earlier put up a stellar performance at the Nigerian Information Technology Agency (NITDA) competition which gave him the platform to represent Nigeria at the continental competition in Morocco and he has seized the platform to the honour of Nigeria.

Reacting to this feat, Comrade Samuel Elere, the National President of Mopa Welfare Society said, “for us at the Mopa Welfare Society, we congratulate Victor, Kogi State and Nigeria as a whole for this great feat. Even though this kind of feat is not strange to us, we are grateful to almighty God for His grace on our children.

“It will be recalled that recently, Master Seun Arotiba from Mopa at 16 years became the best candidate in West African Examination Council (WAEC) and Miss Deborah Motilewa became the youngest Nigerian to bag a PhD.

“All these young people are following in the footsteps of our forebears and pathfinders. People like Dr. Layo Phillips the first Woman Veterinary Doctor in West Africa, Prof. Seth Ajayi, the first Professor of wildlife and Fishery in Africa. Dr. Eyitayo Adetoro who was the first Okun man to be Commissioner in the Military regime of Gen. Gowon. R.T Alege the first Okun man to be elected into the House of Representatives. Chief Ade John, the first Okun man to be Permanent Secretary and First African Chairman of Leventis. Chief Sunday Awoniyi, the first Okun man to be honoured with the Commander of the Order of Niger CON. Chief S.B. Daniyan the first MD of Nigeria Industrial Development Bank and the first man from this clime to be President of Nigerian Stock Exchange, among several others.

“This is one of the reasons we are appealing to the Executive Governor of Kogi State to consider Mopa as host of the University to be cited in Okun land. Mopa people has been worthy servants of the State, the North and Nigeria as a whole. Above all we have the land, the takeoff infrastructure and we are right in the middle of Okun land with Kabba-Bunu and Ijumu on one side and Yagba West and Yagba East on the other.”

Nearpays is a comprehensive financial payment platform that provides end-to-end financial services for its clients. Its various features aim to simplify online payments, with the belief that transactions should be seamless. Additionally, Nearpays offers a wide range of services including personal and corporate banking, virtual debit cards, and online banking.

The platform’s founder, Victor Daniyan, established Nearpays with the use of blockchain technology to create a decentralized payment system that enhances network security and efficiency compared to traditional payment methods.

As a fintech payment company, Nearpays strives to promote financial inclusion by making card transactions more accessible and convenient through NFC and scan-to-pay technology. Currently, Nearpays is making significant strides in the Nigerian market and has plans to expand into other African markets, as well as launch its services in Europe and the United States in the near future.

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi praised Nearpays for placing Nigeria on the global stage once again.

He described the victory as a proud moment for Nigeria, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the company’s founders and team.

Abdullahi also expressed the Nigerian government’s commitment to creating a favourable environment for startups and stated that continuous support would be provided to the sector.


“Our government is dedicated to establishing a conducive environment that fosters the growth of the startup ecosystem. We will continue to support startups through enabling policies, programs, and initiatives,” he added.

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