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Chain Reactions Unveils New Identity, Innovative Digital Platforms

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By Dipo Olowookere

Change, they say, is constant and any brand that fails to adapt to the latest trends will be left behind and live to regrets not taking an action.

This may have triggered the decision of a leading Public Relations and Integrated Communications Consulting (IMC) firm, Chain Reactions Nigeria, to “transition from services to platforms,” according to its Managing Director/Chief Strategist, Mr Israel Jaiye Opayemi.

At an event to mark its 15th anniversary held at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, on Wednesday, March 30, the company rebranded and repositioned to become a digital-first platform and 24/7 solution house for governments and brands desirous of winning in Africa’s reputation economy.

It was disclosed that the repositioning involves a name change from Chain Reactions Nigeria to Chain Reactions Africa, setting a new vision and a mission, unifying its expertise and competencies and using them as a competitive advantage to help businesses and governments to understand the extant and emerging cultures and trends.

Mr Opayemi, while speaking at the event tagged Ara Unstripped, informed eminent players in corporate Nigeria and the public sector in attendance that, “It is a transition from services to platforms. Today, we are becoming a digital-first Public Relations and Integrated Communications Consultancy. This explains why we are officially becoming a 24/7 solution house for governments and brands who wish to win in the reputation economy of Africa.”

“Our new role is to help public and private sector clients develop communications strategies that feed on the plate of culture and trends. Cultures and trends have the power to transform human behaviour.

“If a public policy would fail, it may fail because of entrenched cultures and trends a government has failed to notice. Cultures and trends largely influence purchase decisions.

“We all often hear this statement, don’t buy it. It is no longer in vogue. That is a death sentence passed on a brand. It was because the brand owners never paid attention to the changing culture and trends in the market.

“Our solutions will now traverse problem identification, cultural solution, and experience design as a company. Be it voter behaviour, driving against traffic, or consumer behaviour, they are all driven by cultures and trends.”

At the event, Chain Reactions Africa unveiled its new logo, the innovative digital platforms called Ara and the Prophet, and the Goodnews Nigeria website described as “a digital news platform dedicated to reporting everything good and positive about Nigeria. It will become a one-stop-shop for leisure and business tourists seeking information about our great nation.”

While Ara, a chatbot, is CRA’s virtual assistant available 24/7, the Prophet is a tech-powered hub that helps businesses and brands understand issues, trends and cultural nuances in hindsight. It provides clarity on current trends with insight and offers foresight without human interaction.

Explaining the new brand logo featuring African drums, colours orange and ochre, intricate designs and the infinity symbol, Chain Reactions Africa’s Creative Director, Briton, Mr Colin Morris, said, “they represent the heartbeat of Nigeria and Africa.

“These colours mirror the optimism of every Nigerian. They also reflect the colours of the Sahara. The Sahara, of course, is not in Nigeria but Africa and is the reason the logo is not just Nigeria but Africa, the big picture. The intricate designs are also an African thing, not just Nigeria.”

“Chain Reactions is no longer just local; it will get bigger. The infinity symbol tells our story; it’s never-ending. It reflects the opportunities of a new blend of communications merging, beyond the traditional, beyond what we have always assumed.

“As a consultancy, the plan is for Chain Reactions to leave a footprint in every part of Africa. Africa is where we will win.

“Our redesigned logo shows that we are both Nigerian and African; we are progressive and resilient. We are drivers of change in our industry and new industries. Like the infinity symbol, we intend to keep evolving.”

The 15th anniversary featured the maiden Innovation and Tech Trends Summit (ITTS). PR & Comms Manager at OMNIBIZ, Elizabeth Adebanjo, Chief Business Officer, Cellulant, Sike Bamisebi, Group Chief Operating Officer, Palton Morgan, Nidal Turjman and film producer and actress Hauwa Alahhbura discussed Enablers for living and winning in a disrupted world at the session moderated by youth analyst, Femi Daniel.

Executive Assistant, New Media and Public Relations to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Segun Fafore; Head, Marketing Communications and Investor Relations, Wema Bank, Funmi Falola; integrated marketing communications professionals, Yomi Badejo-Okusanya; Mrs Nkechi Alli-Balogun; Chido Nwakanma; and Muyiwa Akintunde were among guests at the occasion.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Coca-Cola Partners Jumia to Meet Consumer Demand

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A partnership aimed to meet the demands of consumers in Africa has been signed between Jumia and Coca-Cola.

Through this deal, consumers of the soft drink brand will have the opportunity of having the products delivered to their doorsteps in the shortest time possible, the leading e-commerce platform in Africa confirmed in a statement.

This move, which will be available to customers in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, and Uganda, will increase the assortment available on Jumia and support product delivery in the fastest time possible. Consumers also will enjoy promotions such as ‘buy-one-get-one free’ and discounts of up to 20 per cent on Coca-Cola orders.

“We are happy to partner with Coca-Cola to meet consumer demand for everyday products at the fastest delivery time and at affordable prices.

“Coming after the launch of our Quick Commerce – Jumia Food Mart, we are happy to let our consumers know that they can expect their delivery of beverages in under 20 minutes, offering convenience at its best,” the chief commercial officer of Jumia, Romain Christodoulou, stated.

The Vice President for Customer & Commercial Leadership at Coca-Cola Africa Operating Unit, Minas Vourodimos, while also commenting, said, “We are pleased to partner with Jumia as we strive to meet the needs of consumers across Africa by making our beverages available for delivery to their homes when they need them.

“Through this, we will be offering an alternative for easy and fast access to Coca-Cola brands across several beverage categories to hydrate and refresh.”

There has been a notable increase in purchases of everyday products on Jumia since the COVID-19 outbreak as more consumers than ever continue to embrace online shopping.

Groceries/everyday essentials is a fast-growing category on Jumia, according to the Africa e-commerce report entitled Jumia Africa e-Commerce Index 2021.

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d.light to Explore Nigerian Solar Energy Market

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

More players are exploring the Nigerian solar energy market to provide consumers with better alternatives as the country battles with poor electricity supply from the national grip, which collapses at the slightest opportunity.

The latest entrant into the ecosystem is d.light, a global leader in social transformation. The company plans to flood the market with over 25 million sustainable products, including solar lanterns, solar home systems, TVs, radios and smartphones sold globally across over 70 countries.

At the launch of the brand in Nigeria recently, the chairman of the board, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, explained that the company’s goal is to bridge the gap and ensure inclusiveness for everyone.

“Our vision is to change the lives of billions of people on the face of the earth who cry for equity to have a chance to live a better life. We are in Nigeria to transform Africa one community at a time, and this is our driving force,” she said.

In his address, the co-founder and CEO, Ned Tozun, stated that d.light had employed over 6,000 people across Africa.

“Our target is lower-income individuals. There is the sun in the village and the cities, so when we just say a rural market, it is not. The guy who lives in Lagos but doesn’t have a generator shouldn’t even use a generator if he can have a solar solution. Why? Because of environmental sustainability.

“So, when you think about all the ESG matters, you will encourage more people to use alternate sources of energy rather than polluting sources of energy. That helps everywhere, whether you are in the city or the village. It is about lower income.

“What we’ve done is to think of the entire problem chain. Firstly, innovate the product. Two, how do you deliver it? Deliver it to them at the most reasonable price. Thirdly, make sure it’s affordable for them.

“How is it affordable? It is pay-as-you-go. They don’t have to look for the capital to buy. They look for signing-up, proving they have the ability to be able to pay every week – they have a different system: every week, every month, every day – are different available options, and as you increase your credibility ratio in terms of your performance, you then have opportunity to get into more,” he said.

On his part, the co-founder and president, Mr Sam Goldman, said, “The reality is that we are still so far from where we need to be in terms of our population and their needs.

“Hence, our target market is the low-income individuals, not just the rural communities, which is why the company adopts the ‘pay-as-you-go” model. Access to sustainable energy will not be possible except we solve the funding problem.”

d.light was established in 2007 by Ned Tozun, a Canadian, and Sam Goldman, an American, met at Stanford Business School. It has operated in several markets globally like India, China, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia before expanding to Nigeria.

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Jumia Kicks off Brand Festival to Promote Authentic Brands

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Jumia, the leading pan-African e-commerce platform, has commenced its annual ‘brand festival’ campaign, targeted at promoting authentic products at the best prices directly from the manufacturers on the Jumia platform.

The campaign, which starts on Monday, September 12th and will run through October 2nd, 2022, offers millions of consumers nationwide the opportunity to buy original products from the official stores of several top brands such as Adidas, Samsung, Infinix, Umidigi, Nivea, DeFacto, Nestle, Bacardi, Intel/HP, Unilever, Pernod Ricard, Oraimo, Diageo, Coca Cola, Apple, and Xiaomi.

The Jumia Brand Festival is not only for the promotion of authentic products, but it also serves as a means for consumers to get the best prices directly from the manufacturers on our platform. We are aware of the needs of today’s consumers, which is to gain quality goods at the most competitive market prices and that is the essence of this campaign. We have partnered with the best international brands to make their products accessible to consumers across the country, so consumers can spend less while buying more,” said Ijeoma Arum, Chief Commercial Officer, Jumia Nigeria.

Partnering with Jumia is always an opportunity to co-create on providing customers with amazing offers on innovative Mobile and Electronics products which Samsung is best known for both locally and globally. With the current economic situation, it is imperative to ensure that customers are still able to access basic commodities that have a significant impact on their daily activities. The Jumia Brand Festival is set to provide this and we are happy to be a part of it,” said Oyebade Moses, Manager of e-commerce Group, Samsung Electronics West & Central Africa.

Consumers can take advantage of the amazing offers during the Anniversary Sale by simply downloading the Jumia App. The campaign will feature Treasure Hunt, Brand Days, Daily Check-In, and Flash Sales, where consumers can win exciting prizes and get further discounts on a number of products. The campaign is also providing free shipping on a wide range of products to consumers within Lagos, Abuja, and Ibadan.

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