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Konga.com Online Powered by the Nigerian Dream and Spirit

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Nigeria, home to over 160 million people is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.

Blessed with oil, mineral and human resources, the road to growth and development has been met with several obstacles, however, where there is a large population, there is a large market.

There are over 160 million potential buyers and sellers of different items, on every street, a seller and a potential buyer. The facts show, Nigerians love to shop, but with the absence of well-structured retail, few shopping malls and poor transport facilities, it is often difficult to access products.

The 1980s and 1990s was a period where Nigeria experienced steady growth in national income and a gradual change in economic structure that saw the first attempt to structure retail.

Retail chains and outlets began to arise but due to the problems they experienced, they never met the expectations that came with economic growth.

Then the eventual arrival of information technology, although slow in Nigeria, began to take shape and many saw online retail as the answer to all the problems Nigerians had faced, however the first attempt at online retail by Nigerians faced the same challenges that the retail stores faced.

The average Nigerian startup is like a farmer that has to “Grow the land, find the cow, grow the grass to feed the cow, feed the cow, make the burger and sell the burger”.

The Startup is faced with the need to survive without any existing financial or infrastructural support. For one Nigerian startup, the journey to change the face and perception of the World about Nigeria started exactly one year ago; seven idealistic individuals came together in the belief that the Internet will be the framework for Nigerian commerce going forward, and they were not afraid to empty their bank accounts, get loans from friends and push themselves to the limit in pursuing this dream.

This Nigerian startup and e-retailer, Konga.com and Sim Shagaya, its CEO, fully aware of the challenges of doing business in Nigeria such as absence of proper logistics system, lack of trust in online transactions, absence of formal retail and a poor road network, set out to revolutionize the way Nigerians buy and sell, by applying technology.

Konga in the last one year has laid the solid foundations of a technology and logistics company, building a system by which buyers and sellers find each other and interchange goods and money, providing unprecedented levels of retail convenience, choice and customer satisfaction.

The company’s vision and early success saw the startup receive investment from Kinnevik of Sweden and Naspers/ MIH of South Africa; two companies passionate about helping businesses grow. In less than one year of operations, the company’s workforce has grown from that daring team of seven to a bigger team of over 200 committed and patriotic individuals who see the company as a service to Nigeria and Africa.

A key strength of Konga’s operations lies in its understanding of the Nigerian people and its focus on customer centricity, understanding that Nigerians have a voice, and want to be heard.

The company has opened up diverse channels of communication utilizing modern technology, its over 350,000 Facebook fans, Google plus and Twitter pages serve as a meeting point for Nigerians not only to experience the companies services but to interact and share their views on different matters.

Konga’s other key strengths lie in logistics systems efficiency and secure payment platforms, ensuring that orders are delivered on time, as promised, and making sure the customer is always confident in receiving the right items, or returning and receiving a full refund when not satisfied with their purchase or experience; all services which have helped the retailer gain strong customer loyalty and brand equity. The company currently delivers Nationwide, collects cash on delivery in major cities and has recently deployed strategic pick up points in the Nation’s business capital, Lagos; all benefits Nigerians enjoy from choosing Konga.com as their shopping destination.

Not stopping there, the e-retailer only in its first year has just transformed its business model to empower even more Nigerians, recently restructuring their business model to that of a marketplace where Nigerian businesses and merchants can sell their goods and services online via the Konga platform, giving them access to over 50 million potential Nigerian shoppers currently online.

This platform known as Konga Mall is already putting smiles on the faces of both customers and business owners who now have unlimited access to goods and customers respectively, from all over the country.

As a part of its marketplace platform, it has just launched a new buyer protection policy, a similar policy to an existing one on ebay which ensures that the buyers are fully protected and that they receive their items as promised.

To celebrate the company’s one-year anniversary, the entire management of the company and the brand ambassador, Nigerian award-winning musician, Omawumi Megbele, surprised Konga’s very first customer with a visit to her office, bearing gifts.

A chat with the lady, Kehinde Laleye, gives us a glance into the mind of Nigerians, talking about how interaction with Konga on social media and other channels has given voice to herself and several other Nigerians.Citing convenience and choice as what convinced her to try Konga,an online shop in Nigeria, one year ago, she says “…all her friends now shop online.”

In an anniversary message to all their customers, friends and investors, CEO of Konga.com, Sim Shagaya says:

“As Konga turns one, we wish to take a moment to say to our community of buyers and sellers alike, thank you!

Together, with you, in the fullness of time, we will show that just as plain soil sprouts the most fragrant colorful flowers, from this our beloved country, with its many challenges, we will spring hope, creativity and innovation.

Today, the Konga team recommits itself to this future and to serving you.


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Konga, CeraVe Ink MoU for Exclusive Launch of L’Oreal Product in Nigeria

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At long last, relief is here for the skincare enthusiasts in Nigeria! Konga Health, Nigeria’s premier digital healthcare distribution company, has sealed an exclusive partnership with CeraVe, a leading global skincare brand under the L’Oréal umbrella, to launch its product in the country. L’Oréal is the world leader in beauty: makeup, cosmetics, haircare and perfume in terms of quality, efficacy and safety.

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Through Konga Health, a technology-driven healthcare solutions company focused on revolutionizing the healthcare value chain and a member of the Konga Group, this exclusive collaboration will debut with the renowned CeraVe line, offering unbeatable prices and free delivery to some locations Nationwide.

This enhanced partnership empowers Konga Health to onboard pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare providers Nationwide to support the distribution of CeraVe’s product line. This initiative includes opportunities for recruitment, partnerships, and collaboration to ensure that high-quality skincare solutions are accessible to all nationwide.

This strategic alliance ensures that genuine CeraVe products reach Nigerian consumers swiftly and conveniently, leveraging Konga’s extensive e-commerce infrastructure. Concerns about counterfeit items that often plague the beauty and skincare market are now a thing of the past, as Konga becomes CeraVe’s official distributor in Nigeria.

CeraVe now boasts a dedicated official shop-in-shop (SIS) on Konga.com, serving as a one-stop destination for all authentic CeraVe products. Shoppers can directly access top-tier skincare solutions identical to those available globally.

Starting Monday, July 15th, CeraVe’s flagship products, such as the Cerave’s Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Cleanser, SA Smoothing Cleanser, Fragrance-Free Moisturizer with 3 Essential Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid, Barrier-Reinforcing Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream with Niacinamide, Exfoliating Salicylic Acid Foot Cream, Retinol Serum, Eye Repair Cream, Facial Moisturizers, Hyaluronic, and Vitamin C Serums, will be readily available on the Konga Health and Konga.com platforms, offering customers a seamless and convenient shopping experience.

Nnenna Emenyonu, Senior Vice President of Konga Health, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with CeraVe, a brand synonymous with quality and scientific excellence in skincare. This collaboration allows our customers access to top-tier skincare products that are dermatologically tested and proven effective.”

Rabah Deroueche, LID LDB SSA and Business Development Director at L’Oreal, shared similar sentiments, noting, “Our partnership with Konga marks a significant milestone for CeraVe in Nigeria. By leveraging our commitment to quality skincare products and Konga’s platform, CeraVe can reach a wider audience and address the skincare needs of Nigerian consumers. This collaboration ensures Nigerian consumers can easily access our products and experience the benefits of our dermatologist-developed formulations.”

CeraVe has earned its stellar reputation globally through scientifically backed formulations. Developed in close collaboration with dermatologists, CeraVe products meet the highest standards of skincare and are celebrated for using essential ingredients that ensure optimal skin health.

The partnership between Konga and L’Oreal establishes Konga’s standing as a trusted e-commerce platform offering only high-quality products. As the official distributor of CeraVe, Konga is dedicated to maintaining the brand’s integrity by providing shoppers with authentic products that meet their skincare needs.


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TD Africa Partners CISCO on Tech-Skills Development in Africa

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In its continuous drive to bridge the widening skills gap in Africa’s technology sector, TD Africa, Africa’s largest technology distribution company, has partnered with Cisco on its month-long inaugural training program.

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The program, the first of its kind in the TD Academy training series, was aimed at empowering young minds with technical skills and professional exposure.

The initiative, titled “Introduction to Cisco Networking Solutions and Workplace Professional Skills,” exemplifies TD Africa’s comprehensive and futuristic approach to technology education and professional development, empowering individuals and businesses to thrive in the digital age.

This innovative series of pooled training aims to equip the participants with the foundational knowledge of Cisco networking solutions, which is critical for building and managing robust IT infrastructure and workplace professional skills, recognizing the importance of soft skills in today’s dynamic work environment.

This combined focus on technical competence and professional development aligns with TD Africa’s robust approach towards impacting appropriate skills set into young people.

Cisco’s extensive portfolio for this first leg of TD Academy encompasses carefully curated programs in cybersecurity, data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the most sought-after skills in the African technology market.

For Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, CEO of TD Africa, the company’s dedication to bridging the skills gap is not a one-off training program nor limited to knowledge transfer.

Her words: “We understand the critical need for a skilled workforce to propel Africa’s digital transformation. Through our collaborative training programs with industry leaders like Cisco, we are committed to equipping individuals with the right tools and knowledge to succeed in this exciting field.”

Amblessed Ubong, one of the beneficiaries of the training program, said, “I recently completed a four-week training at the TD Academy; it was enriching and transformative.

“The sessions were thought-provoking, the trainers were passionate, and the environment was highly supportive. Collaborative projects enhanced my teamwork skills and made learning enjoyable.

“I left the TD Academy with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed enthusiasm for my career.”

Impressed by the exceptional talent emerging from the program, Africa’s number one tech distribution company immediately recruited some of the top graduates who participated in the training program.

This commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent further strengthens the technology ecosystem in Africa, creating a pipeline of skilled professionals for the future.

By empowering individuals and businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge, TD Africa is further stamping its foot in the sand of time, playing a pivotal role in Africa’s digital renaissance.


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Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

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David Adeleke, Nigerian musician well known as Davido, has launched Chatter, a new social media application.

Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

Chatter is a social audiovisual utility platform designed to help amplify the voice of content creators and connect them with a vibrant community.

However, the app’s usage goes beyond content creators; business-minded individuals, as well as people looking to connect, have a place on it.

The musician used his social media accounts to announce the app’s release.

He gave a brief history of the development of the software and its features with his friend.

The well-known musician from Nigeria stated that he and Sir Banko, his close friend  are the owners of the app.

The music icon posted information about Chatter, a social audiovisual utility platform that connects content creators to a lively community and helps them magnify their voices.

In the past eight months, Davido has undertaken three internet projects.

Recall that the musician introduced his cryptocurrency.

However, the $DAVIDO coin fell a few days after it launched, prompting some cryptocurrency fans to call it a scam and a rug-pull.

 

 


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