Nigeria’s largest online mall, Konga.com has been applauded for its contribution to the growth of eCommerce in Nigeria.
The company was described as a flagship homegrown business that is blazing the trail of technological advancement and supporting entrepreneurship. This assertion was made by the representative of Lagos-Central Senatorial District in the Senate, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu and other distinguished Nigerians at the ongoing Made in Nigeria Festival, MaIN Fest 2016.
The CEO of Konga.com, Shola Adekoya speaking during a Panel Discussion titled ‘Doing Business in Nigeria’ said “Where we are today isn’t acceptable to us as a nation and as a people. The rest of the world is moving on and we’re being left behind. We also need to keep in mind that there are new ways of doing things and we have to begin to leverage on them as government agencies, parastatals, and businesses to achieve desired results.”
Shola Adekoya further stated that for a nation to make great progress, human and infrastructural developments are necessary.
He said: “The development of a nation is important, as it’s not just about discussing the issues plaguing the country, but focus should be on fixing them.As technology moves, we need to begin to rethink our policies and strategies so they align with technological advancements.”
Speaking about Konga doing business in Nigeria, Shola Adekoya said: “When Konga began no one believed that e-commerce could be successful in Nigeria but staying focused on our mission as the engine of commerce and trade in Africa, we are empowering indigenous MSMEs across the nationto reach a wider market across the country. Konga is helping MSMEs match with the fast changing technology by providing a platform that showcases their products to the entire world at just a click. As the enabler of commerce, we are providing innovative game changing products such as the KongaPay payment solution and logistics solution that moves their goods all over the countryas well as warehouse’s pick and pack process which is one of the most effective in the nation.”
The MaIN Festival 2016 with an objective to create a platform for the maximum expression of the true “Nigerian Spirit”: The spirit of Enterprise and Industry; of Tenacity; of Ingenuity; and of Community, is an international festival of ideas, innovation and opportunities that is bringing the world to explore and engage the best of Nigeria. This year’s event has been aptly themed: “Innovate. Connect. Power the Future” to showcase Made-In-Nigeria solutions, highlight global innovations (that are relevant within our local context) and identify potential partnerships aimed at connecting Africa’s largest economy with the world, (especially in the areas of Power & Electricity, Agriculture, Technology, Entertainment as well as the services that support those key sectors).
The festival is a celebration of Nigeria-driven innovation and the entrepreneurship spirit of the Nigerian people.