Reviews and Interviews

How did Taafoo get left behind?

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First time I heard of Taafoo, I was in my third year in the university. It seemed like a pretty good deal way back then, and all my classmates got their girlfriends gifts from there. I checked the site out, seemed nice, but back then, luckily enough, I had no girlfriends so I didn’t see the need to use their services just yet. Time passed and so did the idea of Taafoo as an ecommerce site, I had found Amazon.
Then came the other sites, 3stiches (which was later added to Konga Fashion), then Dealdey, I loved it so much because of the restaurant deals, almost all my orders on that site are still food related, Jumia and Konga came in later and they officially changed the playing field.

Nigeria’s Walmart – Shoprite

shoprite, nigeria's walmart
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I had never really thought about it, not until I read the Walmart book by one of its former VP’s, can’t remember its name now. But then, about a month later and I step into Shoprite Ikeja and I’m taken by surprise at the similarities in open view.

From the promotion of friendly in-store staff, to the checkout management, to the lowest price inventory approach… it’s a long list, but all things considered, I believe what we have here is an attempt to incorporate a successful business model.

My first Mobile Monday experience

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First time I really recognized mobile Monday was when I stumbled on the 2012 mobile ecommerce event. I had heard that important players in the field like Sabunta’s Onyeka and Kasuwa management (now Jumia)would be there, someone from Taafoo was also to be there although I cannot remember who exactly right now.

Trust me, for a young lad in his final year, dreaming of moving into the ecommerce industry, this was a dream I did not realize I had before now. I really wanted to be there and meet face to face with some of the biggest players at the time that had come to disrupt the otherwise stable ecommerce sector in Nigeria.

Utiware Web Hosting – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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After much thought as to whether or not I should write this, I’ve decided it might be best for someone out there.

As a web designer I have hosted sites for five years now, and my very first host was Utiware which I found through a Google search at the time.

First, you would need to understand the general problems with Nigerian web hosting companies before you go on to read this so you don’t get all biased.