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VENTURES AFRICA – A 12 member team of Silicon Valley-based social media giant, Facebook, has paid a courtesy visit to leading Nigerian online retailer Konga.com in what is believed to be a growing significance of the retailer.
Head of Facebook, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Nichola Mendelsohn, lead the Facebook delegation to Konga’s Lagos office on Tuesday, and expressed “satisfaction” on a number of the retailer’s innovative campaigns.
According to an official statement, “the team were really interested in how Konga has been able to stamp its footprint in Nigeria in such a short time with plenty of positive feedback coming from users on Facebook.”
With over 12 million Facebook users in Nigeria, the delegation indicated that the global social media platform would further strengthen relationship with the Konga brand with “mutually beneficial partnerships,” Konga said.
Over the weekend, Konga was also honored by the Creative Entrepreneurs of Nigeria with an award for excellence at a Gala night that was held at the British council gardens. The event had Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for Economy, Dr Okonjo Iweala and Dr Andrew Pocock, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria in attendance.
Founded by former Google Africa lead Sim Shagaya, Konga is a dominant ecommerce player in Nigeria with a reported collective investment of $35 million from South African media giant Naspers and Swedish investor Kinnevik.