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Iyali Foods Will Deliver Fresh Farm Food To Your Doorstep

Nigeria is rich in arable land and agricultural produce. Its citizens should have no business going hungry. The challenges as experts have identified include food distribution and storage. Iyali Foods is a startup that is looking to take on this problem. It wants to ensure Food Security in Nigeria.

Faith History interviewed its Founder; Seyi Albert on this episode of the Everything Digital Radio Show.

 

Iyali Foods: A Little Bit About Its Founder Seyi Albert

Seyi Albert is the Founder at Iyali Foods. Seyi considers himself a techie and a foodie. The founder worked five years in the digital media space before launching Iyali Foods. He was also the Social Media Lead for the Buhari Campaign. He first got the idea for Iyali Foods in 2013. Seyi experimented with the idea under a different name before he launched it fully about a year ago. His grandparents were farmers and his Dad used to do the grocery shopping unlike most African homes. Seyi’s paternal grandmother owned a restaurant which probably explains why his Dad did the grocery shopping.

 

Iyali Foods: Making Farm Fresh Food Accessible

Iyali is an Hausa word which means family.  The startup’s goal is to make affordable food easily accessible. It takes off the stress of going to the market to do your grocery shopping. At the initial stage, clients could send their grocery shopping list via Whatsapp. The list would specify the quantity and sizes of the grocery items. The startup founder would then proceed to issue them an electronic invoice. After payment is finalized, delivery of the items will take place. The prices for the groceries are affordable. They are the same as you would get at your farmer’s market.

The food items Iyali Foods delivers ranges from vegetables to vegetable oil. The startup has access to variants of popular food items Nigerians consume. They have access to about four types of cabbages, lettuces etc. The food categories available on Iyali Foods include; Fruits, Tuber, Vegetables, Grain, Pepper, Herbs, Meat & Fish.

 

Iyali Foods: Ensuring Optimum Food Security In Nigeria

Iyali Foods helps farmers prevent food wastage due to logistical challenges. The startup has built a logistical network that delivers to its clients on time. It is able to source farm produce from farmers & related partners who are far from its end consumers. Many of whom are based in Lagos State. It sources from partners in Jos, Plateau State and other parts of Nigeria.

Iyali Foods delivers to clients in the following service areas in Lagos:

  • Lekki
  • Victoria Island
  • Ikoyi
  • VGC
  • Abraham Adesanya
  • Banana Island

You can try out the platform here. Do not forget to listen to the full interview here. Finally check out our previous episode here and here. Please let us know what you think in the comments.

Eventions: Buy Gifts Anywhere In The World And Get Them Delivered In Nigeria

One of the things that make the holiday season exciting are gifts! From the surprise you meet when unwrapping the gifts to the joy of owning something brand new, these things make the holiday season special. One of the challenges about buying gifts are ideas; what to get. Another one is the stress of looking for the items. What if you could find all the answers you need in one place? Eventions wants to be your one stop shop for ordering gifts.

The startup is an online gift solution for anyone around the world to find gifts, buy gifts and have them customized, packaged and delivered in Nigeria. Faith History interviewed Lami Attah the Founder to find out more about the startup. Take a listen here.

 

Eventions: A Brief Profile Of The Founder; Lami Attah

Lami Attah has a Mathematics and Computer Science background. She fell in love in technology through computer games and similar gadgets. Lami Attah liked the idea of building computer programs. She studied at the Federal University of Technology, Niger State, Nigeria. Her undergraduate thesis was in E-commerce at a time when the field was non-existent in the country.

In 2014, Lami Attah launched Eventions.ng, an online gifting solution focused on delivering orders in Nigeria. This was more than 7 years after she studied the field. The Nigerian E-commerce industry has since come of age in the past few years with pace setters like Konga, Jumia, DealDey etc.

 

Here Are The Gift Items You Can Find On Eventions

The platform currently has a wide range of gift items. Anyone who design gifts or has a gifting business can also sell on Eventions. Buyers can send Made In Nigeria gifts to friends or loved ones abroad. Nigerians in Diaspora can also send gifts to their relatives in Nigeria. As an example, the startup has delivered flowers to a person in Ondo State, Nigeria. This was done in less than 6 hours.

Gift items include food, hampers, pens, mugs etc. The startup has also helped clients mend their relationships. Its most popular gift item in the last 6 months has been a pair of socks. The socks is called the “mumu button” (soft spot in Nigerian lingo) socks. They have been highly patronized by Nigerian women. The socks are gifted to men by these women. Another bestseller on Eventions.ng is its football team mugs. Buyers can have their names and football teams or those of their loved ones printed on them.

 

Some Special Features Of The Eventions Platform

Buyers can find gifts for as low as 1,500 Naira on Eventions.ng. There are gifts for people of all ages and social status. Eighty percent of Eventions’ clients are women. The startup has also realized that many of its buyers shop from their mobile devices. Its mobile app will be available for use soonest.

Buyers can build a hamper on the platform. Another feature available is customization. Users can customize gifts on the website. They can add names, photographs etc. Clients can also save special dates (like birthdays etc). on the platform. This implies you can buy gift items in advance for your loved one. Saving the date ensures you do not forget to get them a gift.

 

Do try out the Eventions.ng platform and tell us what you think in the comments. You can also find the startup on Twitter and Instagram. Listen to the full interview here. Also check out our last episode here and here.

 

Drinks.ng Wants To Deliver Your Liquor Orders To You At Anytime Of The Day

If you live in any part of Nigeria, there are typically two ways to get beverages (these include alcoholic & non-alcoholic). You either walk into a store to pick them up or call a vendor.  Drinks.ng is making this process easier for everyone. The four-year-old drinks ordering platform will deliver at any time on Lagos Island, Nigeria. It currently runs a 24-hour service in Africa’s most valuable startup ecosystem.

Faith History had a chat with LanreAkinlagun on Episode 107 of the Everything Digital Radio show. Listen to the interview here.

 

Drinks.ng: A Brief Profile Of The Founder

LanreAkinlagun studied Marketing & Mass Communication at the London Metropolitan University. He fell in love with technology during his time at University. He got his first job after University at Universal Pictures. As part of his portfolio, he had the task of understanding the digital space and its implications for traditional business models.This task was the start of his journey in the digital marketing space. He later moved to join Vizeum, a digital marketing agency.

Although he is not a developer, Lanre considers himself as a techie from a digital marketing point of view. He has spent the past 12-13 years in the digital marketing space.

 

Drinks.ng: Here’s How It All Started

He first got the idea to start Drinks.ng when he was asked to purchase drinks for a wedding. Lanre was frustrated as there was no single place to get all the drinks he needed. He was advised to either go to the open market or call ‘a certain guy’.  According to Lanre, everyone had a certain guy you could call. He started Drinks.ng to make it easier for consumers to get the drinks they want in any quantity. The startup’s goal is to help consumers get authentic drinks at competitive prices.

 

“Our Beverages At Drinks.ng Are Authentic” – Lanre Akinlagun

Consumers ordering from the platform should be rest assured of the authenticity of the beverages. Drinks.ng works directly with all the manufacturers of the major brands.  They include MOET Hennessy, PernodRicard, Diageo etc.According to Lanre, the startup has a solid relationship with all of the major manufacturers. One proof of the solid relationship is the fact that some of them have taken the Founder on trips across the world. For example, Lanre has visited the Champagne and Cognac regions in France courtesy some of the manufacturers.

Additionally, the startup has great deals from time to time. For example, if a consumer orders two bottles of MOET, they could get two bottles of mini MOET. The startup also gives out goody bags when they get invited for interviews.

 

 

“Drinks.ng Has Got Footprints Across Nigeria” – LanreAkinlagun

The organization currently deliversdrinks to 24 states across Nigeria. Keep in mind that there are 36 states in Nigeria. Consumers outside Lagos can order as little as one bottle. Drinks.ng has an office in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria. The startup is also opening its Port Harcourt (the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria) office soonest.Drinks.ng also delivers beverages to events, clubs, etc. at any hour of the day on Lagos Island. The organization will get drinks to any part of Eastern Nigeria within 48 – 72 hours. It plans to be present across the whole of West Africa in the next 3 – 5 years.

According to LanreAkinlagun, there are typically three major reasons why people outside Lagos order drinks from them. First, their local vendor’s prices are slightly higher than Drinks.ng. Secondly, they are unable to get those drinks in their region. Finally, they have had a bad experience with their local vendor in the past.

Drinks.ng currently has a magazine called ‘Spirit’. The magazine features brand ambassadors from the beverage industry. It also contains informational and educative pieces about the beverage/liquor industry. There is also a catalogue of all the products you can get in Nigeria and where to get them.

Tell us what you think about this startup in the comments. Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. Check out last week’s startup here and here. Also try out Drinks.ng here.

SME Social Media Tips: How to Create an Instagram Business Account

Instagram is an internet based app that allows you share photos either privately or publicly. It is available both in a mobile and desktop format. The app has become very attractive due to the number of monthly users which has grown to 700 million between 2010 when it was created and now. Creating an Instagram business account is one sure way of attracting prospective customers.

Why Instragram is Good for Business

There are many reasons why Instagram is good for business but here are the top four:

  1. Pictures can speak louder than words. Pictures can elicit emotions and get viewers to connect with your brand in a dynamic way.
  2. The app provides an opportunity to go viral through the re-posting function. As viewers share your pictures, they stand a chance of going viral thereby putting your brand in front of millions of potential customers.
  3. Internet users spend more time on Instagram than any other social media network besides Facebook according to this research by comScore.
  4. According to Shopify, visits that end with a purchase on Instagram will generate higher revenue than those of other social media platforms.

How to Switch Your Instagram Account to a Business Account

  1. If you want to convert your Instagram account to a business account, ensure you have the latest update. You also have to ensure your account is Public as private accounts cannot be switched to Business accounts.
  2. Open your app and go to your profile.
  3. Tap on the Settings icon at the top of your profile.
  4. Click on Switch to Business and select the Facebook page you want to associate your Instagram Business Account with.
  5. You will then be prompted to edit, keep or delete the contact information pulled from your Facebook page.
  6. Click on the ‘Done’ button and your account is all set up.

For more details about your Instagram Business Account, see here. If this article was helpful, then you would like Faith History’s interview with Julchit Dadi. Julchit is an Instagram expert, she spoke with Faith about best practices on the platform. You can go directly to the audio here

 

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AccountingHub.ng Is Demystifying Book-keeping For Startups And Small Businesses

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze founded AccountingHub.ng after she spent eleven years working as an Accountant in different organizations. She received several invitations from friends to help set-up accounting systems for businesses from ground up. Chioma finally decided to set-up shop to help startups get their numbers right. Her startup now provides professional and affordable accounting services to startups and small businesses.

She spoke with Faith History in this interview about her journey as an entrepreneur and her startup. The Founder considers herself an accountant and a techie. This dual personality (if you will) is what has culminated into AccountingHub.ng.

 

AccountingHub.ng: The Founder’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze recalls that she has always loved numbers from a young age. She fell in love with maths right from her primary school years. Her Dad was an Engineer who spent time teaching mathematics. Chioma later went on to get a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Accounting.

After her education, she landed a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers one of the big four accounting firms. After some time, she moved around several industries including banking, investment, aviation, logistics, just to mention a few. She spent eleven years in the accounting functions of about nine different organizations. Chioma got her ‘aha moment’ during those years when she found out that accounting systems and processes were non-existent in many businesses. Passion meets opportunity? Yes please!

 

AccountingHub.ng: Passion Meets Opportunity On A Scale

The startup was founded out of her goal to scale her work of establishing accounting systems and functions in several organizations. Setting up AccountingHub.ng consequently enabled Chioma leap from helping eight businesses to working with hundreds of businesses. It essentially gave her more time to solve the accounting problems of several organizations.

The startup focuses on helping several businesses with book-keeping and accounting systems. It helps them get credible numbers without having to chase down an accountant. The startup also ensures proper accounting processes are in place in every business it engages. Many times wrong numbers or losses are a result of failed processes. Where they don’t exist, there is consequently bound to be confusion or like we say in Nigerian lingo, “mago-mago” or better still “wuru-wuru”.

 

Now Business Owners Can Take Their Accountant Everywhere They Go

No, we don’t mean an actual person. AccountingHub.ng provides cloud accounting services which implies that you can keep tabs on your numbers wherever you are. Startup founders and business owners can track inventory, sales etc. on the go without a need to call an accountant every second. The startup is a Certified Sage One Adviser. Sage One is an cloud accounting system which satisfies the book-keeping needs small businesses may have. AccountingHub.ng also works with other accounting systems, find a full list here.

Chioma and her team also automate accounting processes for startups so they always get their numbers right. Additionally, the startup provides training to in-house accountants. Furthermore, startups can get a free consultation from AccountingHub.ng. Organizations can also purchase services from its online shop. The startup also helps with financial projections, analysis and assumptions. Finally, AccountingHub.ng also assists businesses with filing their taxes.

You can listen to the full interview with Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze here or download it here. Do let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Aella Credit: Three Takeaways From Faith History’s Interview With Akin Jones

Akin Jones quit his job as Head of Investment Banking Group at a financial services company to start Aella Credit. Aella Credit is an online platform that enables people to access loans instantly. Akin holds a degree from Howard University in Washington DC, USA. He also attended the famous Kings College, Lagos.

Faith History interviewed Akin Jones more than a year ago. Here are the major takeaway from the interview:

 

Akin Jones: Aella Credit Rewards Its Customers To Borrow More

Five years of market data drive the lending platform. Better borrowers were identified using the data. Borrowers get rewarded for the loans they request for. The organization rewards borrowers in order to get them to request more loans. The startup not only provides the platform they also provide the loans. This is as opposed to partnering with lending companies. The goal according to Mr. Jones, as at a year ago, is to get lending companies on the platform in the nearest future. This will make Aella Credit a marketplace of lenders and not just a lender.

The platform is integrated with the major credit bureaus in Nigeria. This allows Aella Credit analyze the debt to income profile of prospective borrowers, social demographic information etc. It is tough to get a loan from the startup according to Mr. Jones. Prospective borrowers must scale eighty percent of its verification process.

 

Akin Jones: Aella Credit Didn’t Do Any Marketing When They Launched

Many of Aella Credit’s customers were based in Lagos as at the time of its pilot. During this time it partnered with about twelve companies in Nigeria. The partner companies gave them access to about five hundred thousand borrowers.  The additional borrowers they acquired were people who applied on their website. They didn’t have to do any marketing as there was high demand for their product. Essentially, everybody needs money! The startup gave out a thousand loans within six months of launching the platform. The value of the loans given out at the time was $800,000.

 

Akin Jones: Loans Are A Fundamental Human Right

Their analytics revealed that the greatest need for loans were housing, healthcare and education. Mr. Jones believes that loans are a fundamental human right. Consequently, there should be the creation of platforms that make it easier to access them. The startup is working with tech developers to ensure their processes are more seamless. At the time of the interview, they were planning to launch their mobile app. Looks like they have achieved that goal already. The startup has even gone on to attract more funding.

According to Mr. Jones, if you want to start an online solution, you either need to get a technical co-founder or a consultant. As regarding people who inspire him, he mentioned the team at Venture Garden Group, Tayo Oviosu and Abiola Olaniran of Gamsole. In Mr. Jones’ view Abiola proves that local talent can achieve great things if given the same opportunity as foreign talent.

Need an instant loan? You might want to check out Aella Credit. Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. Do share this article with your friends and colleagues because there is love in sharing.

Push.ng| Everything Digital NG

Are you tired of doing your deliveries and pick ups yourself? – we thought so too, and that’s why we are excited to be featuring this cool brand. This way you don’t have to deliver to your customers yourself, and still be timely especially in Lagos.  

Push.ng| Everything Digital NG
Push.ng| Everything Digital NG

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As Larry Oti, the founder of Push.ng will be sharing with Faith History about his background as well as 5 cool things you need to know about “push.ng” 

Arkounting.com.ng| Everything Digital NG

On today’s episode, we will be discovering a cool digital brand whose main duties are to handle the figures that relates to your business profitability and developing basic business solutions to enable your SME thrive.

Arkounting.com.ng| Everything Digital NG
Arkounting.com.ng| Everything Digital NG

Click here to read about a digital brand that keeps you connected

You should have an idea by now what brand it is. However if you don’t we are talking about the “Arkounting brand” – that’s right – Ark and Accounting…

With us, is Chukwuma Nwanze, he is the founder of Arkounting.com.ng and he chats up Faith History about his background as a Chartered accountant and how he got into tech.

Listen in and discover 5 cool things you need to know about Arkounting.com.ng 

Beavly.com| Everything Digital NG

Are you interested in learning a vocational skill? Do you have a skill you will like to share? Then this for you . . .

Beavly.com| Everything Digital NG
Beavly.com| Everything Digital NG

Listen in as Chijioke Onuoha, who is a Business Developer at Beavly meets Faith History and throws more light about Beavly.com as well as how you can get into the program.

Also read: Do you need a Mentor?

Also, discover 5 cool things you should know about this Beavly.com

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Ekaetteservices.com| Everything Digital NG

Are you very busy? I mean do you have loads of domestic and official tasks constantly plying up. Ekaetteservice.com is one cool innovation that has come to stay.

Ekaetteservice.com| Everything Digital NG
Ekaetteservice.com| Everything Digital NG

If you want to find out more about how to conveniently execute your task, then you shouldn’t miss this as Nosa Igbinedion who is a Business Developer at Ekaetteservices.com and he chats up Faith History about how it works and how we to join the community.

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