Here are this week’s top headlines on startups, entrepreneurship, innovation and tech around Africa.
Dangote + Jumia. Dangote Cement has partnered Jumia Nigeria to sell cement online, in a bid to drastically reduce costs and curb logistic bottlenecks. A bag will retail for ₦2,500 and shipping is free but the catch is that there is a minimum order threshold and delivery is available only to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
While this is definitely a novelty from a corporate perspective, it is not the first time anyone will attempt to sell cement online in Nigeria. In 2015, a third-party merchant listed a truckload of cement on Konga for ₦2m. There have also been startups like Cribpark playing in the building materials space.