As the 15% market shareholder of smartphone sales across Nigeria, Jumia Nigeria is indeed committed to being a world-class organization and maintaining its status as Nigeria’s number one online retail store. In every sense of the word, more than ever before, the company is set to drive the implementation of its e-commerce model in its first-ever partnership with Google, Infinix and MTN to move technological innovation forward in Nigeria via the introduction of Android One in the form of the Infinix Hot 2 mobile phone. This partnership brings Jumia closer to accomplishing its ultimate goal of placing one smartphone in the hands of every Nigerian.
The official launch of Android One and Infinix Hot 2 in Africa was recently held at the Landmark Event Centre in Lekki. Jeremy Doutte, CEO of Jumia Nigeria, along with the Vice President of Google, and the CEOs from Infinix and MTN, announced the launch to over 300 members of press, bloggers and stakeholders in attendance. Mr. Doutte asserted that, “Any forward-looking organisation must have real time, cutting-edge wits at the fulcrum of its business operations and that is what Jumia Nigeria consistently espouses in pushing the frontiers of its operations to everyone in the country”.
Google has just introduced an affordable smartphone in six African countries to enable low-income earners to gain access to an interconnected device. Nigeria is the first to sell the device, which will be followed by Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt, and Morocco in the coming weeks. The price for the Hot 2 phones starts at N17,500, which makes it a steep markdown from other smartphones.
According to Sengupta, whose appearance in Lagos marked his first visit to Africa, “Google is proud to be associated with Nigeria’s development and a lot of progress attained can be attributed to the positive relationship they have with Jumia, Nigeria’s number one online retailer”. He further said together with Jumia, they would drive and make available affordable technological equipments available to everyone at premium quality.
In response to the gesture, the CEO of Jumia Nigeria, Jeremy Doutte stated that Jumia is the one stop online-retailer you can trust that will continually build Nigerians’ confidence in them to set the pace and strategically partner with big brands to ensure that Nigerians have premium products and deals at affordable prices.