In November we told you about Tunde Kehinde‘s departure from JUMIA, a Rocket Internet, MTN and Millicom backed African Amazon, today the firm has announced its new CEOs; Nicolas Martin and Jérémy Doutté who will replace former co-founders and Managing Directors, Tunde Kehinde and Raphael Afaedor, who left the firm to new gigs.
In a press statement Jeremy Hodara, Co-CEO of Africa Internet Holding (AIH) – JUMIA’s holding company said, “We are glad our hard work and growth over the years has paid off following our World Retail award as Best New Retail and now we are also recognized locally by the Brands Journalist Association of Nigeria. We only launched Jumia in Nigeria one and a half years ago and we are eager to share our success story.”
Raphael Afaedor and Tunde Kehinde started the firm 2012 and grew it to what it is today. Last year, JUMIA was the first African company to win a World Retail Award as “The Best New Retail Launch of the Year”. Further to this, MTN and Millicom announced its investments into AIH.
Raphael Afeador, former Managing Director of JUMIA said it was an exciting one and a half year journey for them.
“We are extremely proud of JUMIA and wish all the best to the company and all the people here. E-commerce in Nigeria is growing very fast and is an exciting industry to be involved in.”
Afeador’s friend and co-founder Tunde Kehinde, also former Managing Director of JUMIA said, “As we move on to start our own businesses, we owe a lot to every member of the team, together we made history, together we have built Nigeria’s first and biggest online retailer; a fate we never would have achieved without you. Let us urge you to continue to hold the values of looking after and satisfying every customer, supplier, and the people around you. There is no doubt we are building a great team of entrepreneurs that will leave a huge mark on this nation’s history”.
Apart from the CEO’s leaving, Jumia has just received another big award as the best Online Retail Brand of the year at Brand Journalist Association of Nigeria.
Sacha Poignonnec, Co-CEO AIH also appreciated Tunde Kehinde and Raphael Afaedor, for their achievements with JUMIA Nigeria and said they’ve made a great impact on the firm’s development.