[Startup Interview] Bockarie Banya, CEO, Dukanii UG, Sierra Leone
At a time when Africa continues to enjoy increased continental trade and booming business with its international peers, technology has been hailed as a key driver to this success. Dukanii UG,an online shop is leveraging on the impressive technological uptake to grow e commerce in Africa. The startup’s co-founder and CEO Bockarie Sama Banya explains.
Tell us about Dukanii UG
Dukanii UG is derived from the Swahili word Dukani meaning shop or store. As the name implies it is a one stop shop for products, services, places and events from across the world with the sole intent of having an e-commerce platform that can solve the cross border online trade between Africa and the world on the one hand and between African states on the other hand.
Clients from all over the world can text to list their products or services for as low as $2 per month whilst we market and sell for them.
Where is the company located?
We have offices at Freetown Sierra Leone and Berlin Germany
How is the company funded?
At the moment the company is funded by its shareholders who include Bockarie Sama Banya from Sierra Leone, Moses Acquah from Ghana and Obadamilola Owoyele from Nigeria
What are your company's unique selling points?
We list not only products but services, places and events on the same platform. Cross border e-commerce in Africa is almost non-existent and the limited one between Africa and the world is mostly one way (either from Africa or from Asia and Europe).
Tell us about your clientele base?
We service both B2C and B2B and possibly B2G
What are the ambitions of the company going forward?
We have an international ambition which is the reason why we are already registered in two countries even though our clients are from all over the world in twenty countries. In next two years we hope to be operating in five to ten countries with offices and agents.
What is the latest news from your company?
Dukani UG is one of the companies that was recently selected for a $10k funding by the Tony Elumelu foundation for African entrepreneurs. Additionally Duaknii UG became officially incorporated in Sierra Leone about four months ago.
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