Clubhouse monetisation plan, New NIN deadline, Google vs Oracle

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Good day,

Oluwanifemi and Emmanuel here.

Today we are discussing:

  • Clubhouse monetisation plan
  • Extended NIN-SIM linkage deadline
  • Google versus Oracle

Quick notice: On Friday, April 2, 2020 edition of the Techpoint Digest, we explored Nigeria’s NIN prison clause which seemed to attract a 14-year jail term. However, we discovered, upon closer review, that Nigeria’s ICT minister didn’t put a specific term for the prison sentence. The 14 years in question alluded to the creation of the Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Now that you can make money on Clubhouse

Photo by William Krause on Unsplash

Techcrunch reported that popular live-audio app, Clubhouse has announced that it will soon add a monetisation feature, but the platform has nothing to gain from it.


The payment feature will allow users to tip their favourite speakers, out of which Clubhouse doesn’t have a cut. The speakers get all the donation. Only that Stripe, the payment gateway, gets a card processing fee.

This takes me back to the discussion Emmanuel and I had last week about how Clubhouse plans to start giving investors returns for their money.

If you missed it, this should lead you to it.

Customer-centric approach gone too far? Most companies that consider this monetisation strategy over ads often take a commission on every donation or sales. Although noteworthy, Clubhouse’s end game isn’t quite clear. Feel free to take a guess.

Although this new feature doesn’t quite cut it yet, let’s hope subsequent one, that will allow creators to make money, will. Because as it is, Clubhouse has dismissed any intention of bringing ads.

One thing is sure, VC money can only take you too far. If anything, the one-year-old startup has to start recording revenue soon or probably raise another round. Who said investment excitement about the startup is gone?

Deadline extended for NIN-SIM linkage

Nigerians are now expected to get their National Identification Number (NIN) and link it to their phone numbers before May 6. This is the third deadline since December 2020.


Maybe it will soon be over, maybe not. It is clear that mobile operators are not having it good with the suspended SIM sales and registration. They are obviously counting their losses.

The bright side? The Nigerian federal government has made more progress with assigning NINs in four months than it has in the last 13 years. Maybe this progress is partly due to the involvement of telcos and private companies. With 51 million subscribers covered, let’s see how many more can be recorded in  one month.

Will the time given ever be sufficient to cover the remaining 17 million subscribers? Or the government will eventually take the drastic move of shutting down millions of mobile subscriber accounts?

MTN’s banking dispute

MTN Nigeria has reverted commercial banks’ commission for airtime recharge to 4.5% after Nigerian banking and communication regulators intervened in its dispute with Nigerian Banks.

The disagreement began after MTN reduced the percentage it remits to the banks for each amount of airtime from 4.5% to 2.5%. In response, most Nigerian banks removed MTN from their platforms.

MTN announced that its users could recharge through fintech companies like Kuda, Flutterwave, OPay, among others.

This saga, a few weeks after a USSD dispute between banks and telcos, raises a lot of questions. Meanwhile, check out the full story here.

Google vs Oracle: Copyrights on APIs

Are your application programming interfaces (APIs) subject to copyright? This was the question on my mind as a US court ruled in favour of Google in its decade long case with Oracle over the use of Java.

The multibillion dollar dispute: In 2011, Oracle sued Google $9 billion for copying the structure, sequence, and organization” of 37 Java APIs into Android.

Then, Google argued that APIs, like the Alphabet or Grammar, are the fundamental elements used to create programs.

Who owns Java? Java was originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems and was published in 1995.

Oracle’s acquisition of  Sun Microsystems on January 27, 2010, made it the owner of the Java

Fun fact: Based on CodingDojo’s analysis of Indeed’s data, for the past ten years, Java has been second only to python as the most in demand programming language for the past ten years.

On Microsoft’s GitHub, it ranks among the top three most popular languages alongside Python and JavaScript.

The court’s ruling: In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that “Google’s copying of the API to reimplement a user interface, taking only what was needed to allow users to put their accrued talents to work in a new and transformative program, constituted a fair use of that material.”

Thus ruling certainly has ripple effects for software development across the globe. While it’s difficult to determine if APIs are subject to copyright, the fair usage clausesis something most parties will agree on.

Check out Timi Olagunju’s take on the decision here.

What else are we watching?

  • Why LG is saying goodbye to its smartphone business. Read
  • China Creates its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy. Read
  • Naspers’ strategic focus on South African tech startups is starting to pay off. Read

Have a great day!
Oluwanifemi Kolawole & Emmanuel Paul for Techpoint Africa.

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