Nigeria’s largest online mall, Konga.com has kick started its 3rd year anniversary celebrations with the announcement that it will partner Audax Solutions to train the next generation of computer programmers at the Audax Code School. Beneficiaries of the Konga grant ages 9 – 16, will be selected by Audax from Public schools, orphanages and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Audax Code School is an initiative of Audax Solutions which provides in-depth introduction to computer programming skills based on the fundamentals of web and mobile apps development. With the program, the children will be provided an in-depth introduction to computer programming skills based on the fundamentals of web and mobile apps development.
Olatomiwa Akande, Konga’s Head of PR made the disclosure, and noted that the initiative is in line with the company’s vision ‘To utilise internet and mobile technologies to create a pan African platform that enables trade and commerce for millions of sellers and buyers…”.
Konga’s third year anniversary celebrations tagged ‘#KongaBIG3’ are billed to hold all through the month of July. Akande recounted some highlights of the company’s operations in Nigeria since it was founded in a small garage by Sim Shagaya in July 2012. “Konga started by selling beauty, personal and baby care products to online shoppers in Lagos. The company grew quickly with the rapid expansion of product categories and geographic reach. Today Konga delivers products to every state in Nigeria and now has a massive array of over 200,000 products listed for sale on its site. We have a strong social media followership of close to 2 million people”.
According to Akande, “Konga has truly revolutionized the e-commerce industry in Nigeria with quality products at great prices, innovative offerings and unparalleled services to our customers across the country. Some recent awards won by the company include the ‘E-Commerce Service Provider of the Year’ at the Mobile Money Expo – Kalahari Awards (2015); the‘4th Best places to work in Nigeria’ at the Great Place to Work in Nigeria (GPTWN) Awards (2015) and the prestigious ‘2nd Most Innovative Company of 2015 in Africa from Fast Company Annual World’s Innovative Companies Issue (2015). Our multiple award winning company is growing rapidly with over 700 employees, offices in Lagos, South Africa and China; warehouses and distribution centers all over Nigeria. The expansion continues even now, with a move to a bigger warehouse scheduled this July. This, will enable us cater more efficiently to the demands of our customers”.
Recently, Konga launched the ‘Self-Fulfill’ delivery model, allowing merchants on the site to deliver items purchased to a customer directly, facilitating faster and easier delivery system. In order to quell the challenges associated with payment on delivery, Konga’s team developed a safe and secure payment platform, tagged KongaPay – which is scheduled for release to the public in the third quarter of 2015.
We believe these milestones are indeed worthy of celebration for a company that has been in existence for only three years. We recognize that the trust and belief our customers and merchants have in Konga is the key reason we are able to recount this successes as a business; we are very grateful to Nigerians for embracing Konga and ecommerce as a whole” she said.
Other special activities lined up to celebrate the third anniversary with Konga’s customers, its over 15,000 merchants and other partners include 3 back to back sales events; ‘The Best of Marketplace’ sale from July 2 to 12, the ‘Anniversary Mega Sales’ from July 13 and 17 and the ‘Daily Deals Overdrive’ which will offer special product deals each day between July 13 and 31.