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10 Ways to Avoid Being Scammed in the 2018 Jumia Black Friday



By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke

Black Friday awoof is on the way and I can already see folks with their wish list except those acquainted with Thomas:

“That Jumia Black Friday is a scam!” Scam ke?

Are you sleeping on a bicycle?


At every Jumia Black Friday sales, trust me, you can get products for more than half the price of its original retail value and lots of people benefit from it including our favourite Computer Village and Alaba boys who we usually run to.

I remember the Black Friday sale in 2017 and I picked up good deals: The Philips hair clipper originally retailed for ₦9,500 but as seen above, I go it for ₦4,490k off the normal selling price. Sweet boys thing….if you know, you know.

Although folks consider me lucky, I don’t think it was luck. It’s just being smart and reading up. I got more deals…everywhere stew – still think that was luck too?

Keep up with me, let me reveal the mistakes peeps make and how you can avoid them.

No need to waste time, here they are:

1. You Think It’s a Scam

How? You need to remove the log in your eyes. Who told you it is? Look, I got a device last year, some of my friends who were also aware did too. Wait, you still need more proof?

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2. You Do Not Understand The Whole Concept

My heart goes out to you. I once overheard someone saying Black Friday is a demonic day where bad things happen. Chai! Click here to see what Black Friday is all about.

In simple terms, the only day you can get jaw-dropping discounts on different products (not every, but most), is on Black Friday. Kapish?

3. You Don’t Know the Date of the Event

Yah! It is going to Jumia Black Friday every Friday! Similar to last year, Jumia Black Friday is 2nd – 30th, November. However, Jumia is planning to do something crazier this year with stew everywhere:

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See that? 5 Freaking treasure hunts every day and 25 flash sales! Remember, it’s the fastest fingers first.

4. You expect ALL products would be sold at 80% discount?

Calm your horses. This is not how it works. Not ALL products will be featured in the “flash sales”, but little discounts will be applied to most products. For flash sales (50% – 80% off sales), featured products would be made known to you before the sale kicks off. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter to get the first dibs on our flash sales and thank me for it later.

5. Na You Go Rush The Flash Sales Not The Other Way Around

Seriously? There’s a flash sale by 12 pm and you are trying to launch the Jumia app by 12:05 pm? In Nigeria?

Just like you, there is are a million people trying to get that same product. It might shock you to find out that there might only 200 units of mobile phones in stock for the flash sale and you are coming 15 minutes late.


6. You Have Not Registered a Jumia Account Already

Hmmm… Imagine!

Is it the time that people are using to “add to cart” and “check out” you want to start creating your new Jumia account, wait for the verification code, verify and shop?

You must be joking.

Understand: To buy anything on the e-commerce store, you need to have a verified account with them. So if you don’t already, head on to Jumia, open your customer account and verify it conveniently right now. (Here you go!)

7. You Forgot to Login

After winning the click Olympics and manage to add a product to your cart, you now start to struggle to log in. God come catch you, you forget your password. 😛 ‘Painment!’

Before any flash sale, ensure you are properly logged in to the site to avoid “super stories”.

If you read through the Nairaland thread, you must have come across users complaining of “the item was in my cart just now just now”.

8. You are browsing with a slow connection.

Damn! This one got me so pissed black Friday sales! I was just about confirming my network just simply refused to connect. My candid advice! Do not go below the 4G bar.

9. Do not be greedy!

Put a leash on shopping appetite and avoid being long throat! In order not to waste your time, avoid trying to buy two (or more) products at the same time. It. Simply. Won’t. Work. You are restricted to just one product during the flash sales.

10. One Last Tip:

Unfortunately, everyone will not benefit from the flash sales. If you are unlucky, don’t just give up. Snoop around Jumia and you’ll find some nice deals lying around (although they might not be up to “80% discount”).

If you do not have the time for “snooping”, simply subscribe to our newsletter.

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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How to Save Money on Online Shopping This New Year



By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke,

Online retailers seem to be becoming more innovative and creative these days to score big with shoppers. However, if you are a smart deal hunter or want to save money, try using these clever and helpful online shopping tips shared by Jumia, Nigeria’s no 1 shopping destination.

Take part in the ongoing clearance sales

The Jumia clearance sales is presently on and it features amazing discounts, flash sales and vouchers. It affords you the opportunity to save a lot of money despite the fact that we just hit the new year. The clearance sales started yesterday and it will run up until January 31st. So, what are you waiting for? Download the Jumia App and start shopping and saving at the same time.

Organise your emails

Signing up to newsletters and promotion lists can save you a lot of money, but are you too reluctant about getting your email spammed? If this is the case, now is the time for you to organise your emails. One important thing you can do is to unsubscribe from junk emails. Additionally, you should activate email notification so that you will be alerted as soon as newsletters and other promotions are sent.

Leave items in your cart

Leave the products in your cart for a day or two. Firstly, you’ve just avoided making an impulse purchase. Secondly, most retailers dislike unclosed deals and will try to retain you. Remember the trick works only when you have an account on the merchant’s website and you are logged in when you leave your cart.

Shop at the right time of the day

Sometimes you have to be strategic when you shop online. There are certain times of the day when some product items are sold at give away prices. For example, for this Jumia clearance sales, there is the Mega Flash Sales at 12 noon daily. To wow you further, a 92k Bruhm air conditioner was sold for 40k and it sold out within minutes. So, ensure that you shop at the right time of the day this new year.



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Will Nigeria be affected by Brexit?



By Lukman Otunuga, Research Analyst at FXTM

Market expectations remain elevated over Theresa May’s Brexit deal facing defeat in the House of Commons this evening.

Investors will be paying very close attention to the conclusion of the “meaningful vote” to determine what could happen next. An outcome where May loses by less than 100 votes could offer the government a lifeline to pass an amended Brexit deal through parliament on the second try. However, if May experiences a crushing defeat, this opens doors to Labour triggering a vote of no-confidence, an extension of Article 50, May seeking further concessions from the European Union, a snap election and in extreme scenarios a second referendum.

Market sentiment will most likely receive a boost if May unexpectedly wins the meaningful vote while a narrow loss is seen removing some uncertainty. A heavy defeat of May’s Brexit plan will negatively impact sentiment and severely punish the Pound.

The outcome of today’s vote will have little immediate impact on Nigeria but the longer-term outlook must not be overlooked. A negative outcome to Brexit that is followed by prolonged uncertainty is seen weakening the British Pound and UK economy considerably. This is bad news for Nigeria, especially when considering how Britain may reduce its investment to key projects in the nation.

EM currencies hit by caution…but Naira steady

Emerging market currencies entered the trading week on a cautious note as geopolitical risks and fears over slowing global growth left investors uneasy.

The performance across the EM currency space remains mixed with Indian Rupee, Malaysian Ringgit, and South African Rand depreciating. However, the Turkish Lira, Chinese Yuan, Indonesian Rupiah and Naira were able to stand tall against the Dollar. With Brexit-related uncertainty and political uncertainty in Washington among many other geopolitical risk factors draining investor confidence, EM currencies remain vulnerable to losses.

In Nigeria, investors will keep a close eye on the inflation report scheduled for release on Thursday. Persistent signs of rising inflationary pressures could encourage a shift in the CBN’s monetary policy stance this year.

Currency spotlight – GBPUSD

The Pound’s outlook hangs on what happens after the Brexit “meaningful vote” on Tuesday evening.

While the outcome of the vote remains open to question, it will certainly have a lasting impact on the British Pound. In regards to the technical perspective, the GBPUSD secured a weekly close above 1.2820, mostly due to Brexit noise. The 1.2820 level is seen acting as support that pushes prices towards 1.2920.




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How Corporate Organisations Can Save Money on Employees Travel in 2019



By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke,


Making corporate travel savings might sound like a challenge, especially if you have lots of employees flying to different locations at different times. But there are ways to keep your costs down without compromising on travellers safety or services. With a smart process in place, you can save money on every trip,  and make both your travellers and your stakeholders happy. Jumia’s hotel & flight services, discusses the most effective ways to reduce your overall corporate travel spend in 2019.

Tighten up your corporate policy

From booking flights to meal allowances and handling expenses, there’s a lot to consider when setting out a corporate travel policy. That means there’s plenty that can slip through the net. Take a close look at your existing corporate travel policy and think about whether it’s robust enough to cover every area of travel spend within your company.

Sign up to a travel agency

If you want a complete corporate travel solution, a travel agency like Jumia’s hotel and flight services is your sure bet. There are countless and limitless largesse these companies would enjoy if they signup. They include amazing discounts on hotel and flight bookings, credit facility, sterling customer service and prompt response to queries. In addition, it gives you full visibility of all your travel arrangements, helping you make the right decisions that will lead to significant reductions in your costs.

Set realistic food and transport allowance

You might find that giving employees control over their food and transport spending can actually reduce overspending. Meal expenses can be set as an overall allowance per day, giving the employee the choice of how much to spend individually on breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’ll always be exceptions – so keep that five-star restaurant in reserve for your highest-profile client meetings. When it comes to transport, you should clearly advise employees to choose the most cost-effective method, factoring in journey times. This could include using their own vehicles to get from A to B and then reimbursing them.

Reward your employees

Every time your travellers pick a more cost-effective option, they’re saving the company money. Over the course of a year, that can really add up. So how about giving them an incentive to deliver further savings? It could be a voucher for their favourite store, a share of the savings, or time off – just some way of thanking employees for reducing your travel costs and encouraging them to keep doing it.

Have a pre-trip approval process

One of the simplest ways to reduce your corporate travel spend is by having an approval system in place for every booking. By making it clear who needs to give approval for travel, you won’t have the problem of trips having to be cancelled after they’ve been booked, triggering wasted expenditure.







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