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By Rich Handley

Event Genius, Afro Nation Sign Cashless Payment Agreement for Ghana

Event Genius has announced a new cashless payment deal with the Afro Nation Festival for the event's first African outing in Ghana this December. The Ghanaian government seeks to have a cashless society by 2030.

Outside of the festival sphere, the number of mobile money accounts, managed via mobile phones, has grown from 3.8 million in 2012 to 32.6 million at the end of last year, exceeding the population of Ghana (30.1 million). Afro Nation Ghana will welcome 15,000 partygoers to Laboma Beach to celebrate a weekend of music. Having already partnered with various festivals and events throughout Europe and Asia, Event Genius will now take its Event Genius Pay technology to Africa. With RFID technology, fans will be able to pre-purchase credit to pay for food, drink and merchandise at the festival with a tap of a wristband.

Event Genius's cashless technology shortens queues into the festival and at bars, while unspent credits can be claimed back after an event ends, and consumer analytics provide insights into customer spending habits and behaviors. Afro Nation Ghana will use a white label box-office, powered by Event Genius, and the Ticket Arena website to promote the event, drive ticket sales and allow festival goers to top up their wristbands in advance. Access control for the festival will be managed via the Entry Genius app.

"We're delighted to partner with a ticketing and technology company capable of providing a true end-to-end event platform for the inception of Afro Nation," said Obi Asika, Afro Nation's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Through our partnership with Ticket Arena and Event Genius, fans are assured the best possible experience from buying tickets, to entering the festival safely and ultimately enjoying their time dancing on the beach under the sun, without the need to worry about money or queues for drinks."

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