Nigerian e-commerce platform, Jumia has announced a partnership with Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi.
With this partnership, Jumia will open the Mi, Xiaomi’s flagship phone brand, official store on its platform giving access to customers across 14 countries on the continent.
This will first serve Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Morocco, and Ghana. Most of these markets will be directly supplied from China.
Through the deal, Xiaomi is set to exclusively launch the Redmi Go (1GB+8GB) phone to customers in Africa.
“This partnership is very important for us, as it will definitely foster the smartphone adoption in Africa as well as support e-commerce penetration. Xiaomi and Jumia have very similar internet DNA and will serve a common purpose: delivering the best in class affordable smartphones along with the best shopping experience. This will be very beneficial for both companies and above all for the consumers in Africa,” said Jumia Group’s senior vice president Romain Christodoulou.
The deal comes at a time when Xiaomi is eyeing its first Nairobi office this year amid a plan to counter the dominance of Chinese rivals including Transsion Holdings, the manufacturer of the popular Tecno, Infinix and Itel brands.
Xiaomi is currently planning an Africa department that will focus on markets including Kenya, following growth in its homegrown Chinese market.
“We believe in working with companies that share our values and delighted to partner with Jumia to reach more Mi fans across Africa. The e-commerce model is part of Xiaomi’s DNA and we believe that working with Jumia will help us bring innovation for everyone across the continent,” said Xiaomi senior vice president Wang Xiang.