2022 Annual Congress Highlights

This maiden congress had in attendance participants comprising of retail industry leaders and practitioners, academics, government executives and young minds from around the globe. The theme for this year’s congress, “The Future of Retail: Positioning Africa as a Retail Hub”, was in recognition that retail in Africa is no longer business as usual, especially as shoppers buying behaviours continue to take on a different look, as workforce arrangements, business models and distribution channels evolve.

The conference discussed the future of the retail industry in Africa and guidelines for positioning the continent as a retail hub. The congress also featured an award event to spotlight the social and business impact of retail businesses in Africa. Another key highlight of the conference was the launching of the academy’s first book titled “Spotlight: Building Talents to Grow Africa’s Retail Businesses”.

"Even though e-commerce will hold the future in Africa, that will not happen so soon. The future of retail in Africa is a hybrid of e-commerce and physical stores because the future of retail will leverage what exists. This indicates that the informal sector is critical to the growth of retail in Africa."
Leo Stan Ekeh : Chairman, Konga & Zinox Computers

Event Video

Keynote Address : Leo Stan Ekeh (Chairman, Konga)
Special Remarks : Haresh T. Keswani (CEO, Artee Group & SPAR Supermarkets)

Panel Discussion : Positioning Retail in Africa for Growth

  • Wambui Mbarere - CEO, Retail Trade Association of Kenya
  • Ade Sun-Bashorun - CEO, FoodCo Nigeria Ltd
  • Ebele Enunwa - Founder/CEO, Sundry Markets Ltd
  • Joyce Nwachukwu - Commercial Director, NielsenIQ West Africa
  • Chidi Okoro - Alternate Academic Director, Africa Retail Academy (Moderator)

Breakout Session 1 : Emerging Trends in Retail

  • Bayo Adedeji – CEO, WakaNow
  • Ismail Badjie – Founder & CEO, Innovarx Global Health, Gambia
  • Dr Eugene Ohu – Faculty, Lagos Business School
  • Haresh T. Keswani – CEO, Artee Group
  • Sandra Ihenacho - Adjunct Faculty, Lagos Business School (Moderator)

Breakout Session 2 : Creating an Enabling Environment for Africa’s Retail Community
  • Karl Toriola – CEO, MTN Nigeria (Represented by Mr Sina Adegoke)
  • Lorenzo Mayol – General Manager, Glovo
  • Osita Enwe – Partner SRJ
  • Magaret Banjo – CEO, Alta decca Consulting
  • Dr Belinda Nwosu FIH – Faculty, Lagos Business School (Moderator)

Breakout Session 3 : Retail Financing in Africa
  • Prof. Onafowokan Oluyombo – Faculty, Pan-Atlantic University (PAU)
  • Deepankar Rustagi – Founder, Omnibiz Africa
  • Andrew Mweeb – COO, Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Ltd. (Shoprite)
  • Dr. Austin Njoko – Chairman/Founder, Priceless Stores & Groceries Ltd
  • Dr. Frank Ojadi; Faculty, Lagos Business School (Moderator)