The first edition of the Konga Seller Summit held on the 17th of October, 2015 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The summit was attended by close to a thousand burgeoning business owners and entrepreneurs.
Delivering the keynote address entitled “The E-commerce Revolution in Nigeria: Where We Have been, Where We Are Heading and How to Get There?’’ Mr. Biodun Shobanjo, Chief Executive Officer of Troyka Group, stated that e-commerce would remain the engine room and core driver of the Nigerian economy.
“E-commerce mirrors the village center and Konga should be seen as a village market on the Web where there is equal access and multiple accesses for buyers. In e-commerce, mutual trust and relationship mattered a lot,” Shobanjo said.
In his welcome address, Sim Shagaya, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Konga, said the Summit was a platform for sellers and buyers to learn from experts about the dynamic operations of e-commerce and develop sustainable strategies to advance business services.
“E-commerce is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic business sectors in the world today. The situation in Africa is quite unique; the need to create and build from the scratch is ubiquitous. At Konga, we quickly realized the opportunity to partner with our valued sellers and pool our individual strengths to succeed despite the various impediments in building vibrant small and medium businesses. We firmly believe that the Konga marketplace enables us to function at our best; allowing us to provide our valued customers with great customer experience, convenient shopping and swift logistics solutions,” Shagaya said.
The Summit had key players in the telecom, logistics, internet and retail business across sectors in attendance including Remi Dada, Lead Product Marketing Manager, Google; Nike Ogunlesi, Founder & CRO, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble; Tomi Ogunlesi, Group Corporate Brand Manager, Interswitch; Debola Williams, Co-Founder Red Media Africa; Kabir Shagaya, CEO, Zippy Logistics, Tutu Sanni, MD, Courier Plus; Vincent Egbe, GM, KraftHeinz; Eghosa Omoigui, Founder & Managing Partner, EchoVC; Akintunde Oyebode, Head SME Banking, Stanbic IBTC; Sam Nwanze, Director, Finance & Investments, Heirs holdings; Arese Ugwu, CEO SmartMoneyAfrica; Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne Cable; Valentine Obi, CEO, eTransact; Opeyemi Awoyemi, Co-Founder, Jobberman; Edmund Olotu, Founder, G-pay Instant Payment Ltd; Lanre Akinlagun, CEO, Drinks.ng; Erica Ayenuro, CEO, CCSP; and Ebi Atawodi, GM, Uber Lagos.