The mission brief was clear: one multi-lingual, multi-currency, cross-platform app for Africa in 90-days!
Ecobank was clear in their mission and we knew that no one would deliver the job better than us. After all, we delivered the eWallet for the Growth Enhancement Scheme in Liberia in 3 months so why couldn’t we deliver a banking app in the same amount of time? Honestly, we were the guys who had the greatest chance of succeeding and delivering on the promise for “one app for Africa”.
The choice for team leader needed to be a veteran with drive and tenacity and our CEO chose Kenn Lisudza a seasoned mobile solutions expert with experience in the design, development, deployment and delivery of mobile projects . He led the 17 member team that delivered the Celullant eWallet currently powering the largest financial inclusion project in Africa.
Just as quickly, Lisudza chose a multi-country team of 11, flew them to Ghana and the work began. The rest as they might say, is history. Right?
“When the challenge came to the table, I knew I was the guy for the job. More importantly, I needed to be up to the challenge,” Lisudza recalls. “ The team worked hard, put up with the pressure from me and the customer without blinking. They were up early, slept late, even sleeping on the Ecobank office floors sometimes. Even when it seemed like it was not possible, we worked together to make sure we never lost sight of the goal…90 days.”
The Ecobank app has been acclaimed as one of the best banking apps in Africa and if you are an Ecobank customer, you can understand why. It is brings a sleek design, seamless sign-in, and access of all services at the customers’ fingertips.
And as Lisudza will tell you, the project was complete in 86 days. Yes, 86 days not 90 days. How is that for #makepossible?
Payments in Africa is not a novelty. Payments are the foundation to building great economies at scale in Africa. They are the railway to financial freedom and inclusion. Knowing this keeps the teams at Cellulant driven by the ever increasing awareness that the work we do is the glue that connects everyone to everything everyday.
Building such critical connections can only be achieved by building and nurturing a team with can-do never say die attitude, partnering with businesses like Ecobank who dare to think big, and act boldly in pursuit of better payment experiences for their customers. We believe that if we continue powering Fintech solutions that are borderless, seamless and frictionless, the next five years will be very definitive in transforming the payment landscape in Africa and then the world at large.
We look forward to providing a single solution for every sector in the economy.