Online retailer OLX Kenya opened its new offices in Westlands, Nairobi Tuesday. The company named its meeting rooms after the popular local open markets in Kenya, echoing the OLX vision of providing a vibrant marketplace to the world.
Country Manager Peter Ndiang’ui said: “We named our boardrooms after great local markets which is a reflection of who we are. OLX is an online marketplace that provides a platform for Kenyans to make money by selling things that they don’t need or don’t use anymore. OLX seeks to improve people’s lives by bringing them together for a win-win exchange.”
Among the famous local markets that the OLX boardrooms are named after are Kongowea, Kibuye, Gikomba and Mutindwa markets.
Ndiang’ui added: “Being a brand whose sole business is on the internet, people can sometimes forget that there are real people behind the scenes, making it all happen. That is what we hope to achieve here this morning. We want people to know that OLX is not just a website, it is a brand run and managed by Kenyans.”
Ndiang’ui said that Kenya’s have embraced OLX and for that reason the company felt the need to have a larger office space.
Representing the Government’s ICT Authority, Deputy CEO and Marketing Director (ICTA), Eunice M. Kariuki said: “We are honored to work with like-minded organizations like OLX Kenya to grow the e-commerce industry in Kenya. OLX has shown unmatchable on-line growth over the past two years as an online classifieds and set the pace for the e-commerce industry in Kenya.”
OLX has plans to continue with consumer education campaigns aimed at encouraging Kenyans to embrace online buying and selling and OLX as a solution.