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Zinox Group: Four Things You Should Know About Konga’s New Owner

News broke last weekend that Zinox Group acquired Nigeria’s E-commerce startup; Konga . Sim Shagaya founded Konga in July 2012. Konga received investments worth millions of dollars from Kinnevik and Naspers. Reports had it that Konga was acquired for about $10 million.

 

Here are four major things you should know about Zinox:

Zinox Manufactures Laptops, Tablets and Destop Computers

The organization sells made in Nigeria laptops, tablets and desktop computers. It also sells its own inverters. Sizes include 2 KVA, 5 KVA and 10 KVA. Zinox laptops include the following Zinox iPro, Excel Book, Seven Elite and Ultra-book Pro.

 

Zinox Group’s Founder Is Leonard Stanley Ekeh

Leonard Stanley Ekeh is the Founder of the organization. The sixty-one year old businessman is from Imo State, Nigeria. Furthermore, Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Additionally, he bagged the degree from Punjab University in India. Leonard also completed a post graduate degree from Nottingham University, United Kingdom.

Here is a brief statement from Wikipedia about him:

“In addition to Zinox, he has been involved with companies Task Systems, Technology Distributions Limited, ICT Brokers, TD Plus, ICT Connect and Buyright AFRICA Dotcom. Mr. Ekeh through his company Task Systems Limited was one of the few who pioneered Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphics in Nigeria. He computerized 95% of the Print Media, Publishing Houses and Advertising Agencies in Nigeria. Task Systems Limited, his first company has consistently won outstanding industry Awards as Best Partner Award for Compaq, HP, Microsoft, American Power Solution, APC, etc. for 20 years. Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh also pioneered IT Solutions in West Africa through his company ITEC Solutions Limited through which he has delivered the largest IT Solutions ever, from an indigenous firm, to the Nigerian Corporate Market.”

 

Zinox Group Offers Additional Services

In addition to its products, the company offers additional services including E-library, Advanced Biometrics etc. It also supplied Nigeria’s Election Body with 80,000 biometric devices according to this article. Other services it also offers are fibre development and connectivity. Additionally, it provides network operation center service.

 

Zinox Group Is Heavily Involved In Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)

Here is a statement from the company’s website about its CSR activities:

“Zinox has made strategic interventions aimed at building capacities primarily in the educational sector. Prominent among these donations are the building of digital centers and laboratories in the following institutions:

  • Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State.
  • Federal Polytechnic, Idah.
  • Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.
  • Imo State University, Owerri etc.”

 

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