Back in November, Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President of Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry noted that BlackBerry was expanding BBM Shop payment options for Nigeria by making use of the Firstmonie mobile wallet, provided by Nigeria's largest bank, First Bank of Nigeria Limited and teaming up with Mobile Media Info Tech (MMIT) to bring secure payments to the BBM Shop. Those partnerships have now gone into effect and Nigerians can now access and pay for digital content available on BBM Shop using their Firstmonie mobile wallet, from FirstBank.
By enabling people to use their mobile phones as a tool for carrying out financial transactions and accessing digital content, FirstBank is delivering long-term benefits for both our customers and the Nigerian economy as we continue to put our customers first," explained the Head, Cards and Physical Channels for FirstBank, Mr. Chuma Ezirim
Today, we are breaking new grounds by extending our mobile payments capabilities into BBM, which is the social network where Nigerians spend most of their time." says Jide Akindele, Founder of MMIT. "This is just the start. Our merchants, who are increasingly advertising on BBM to reach their customers, will also be able to leverage our collaboration with BlackBerry to convert these advertisements into e-commerce sales".
To help celebrate the announcement, Firstmonie has set up a BBM Stickers giveaway plus chances to win cash back through their BBM Channel (C002ECBD2). If you're looking to learn more, or download the Firstmonie app, you can check out the Firstmonie site using the link below.