“Evidence shows that the internet is a big equaliser amongst nations. Where people have access to digital technology, lives and livelihoods are sure to improve. There is no doubt in my mind that digital technology remains one of the most powerful keys to unlock Africa’s immense potential. This well-timed book shines a much-needed spotlight on what Africa needs to do to take advantage of the possibilities that come with digital technology.”
—Alistair Mokoena, Country Director: Google South AfricaThis pioneering book explores how African businesses and organisations leverage social media, digital tools, and platforms to design and deliver products and services that meet market needs, create value, and enhance customer engagement. The book addresses three interrelated topics. First, it offers stimulating discussions on social media as Africa’s digital marketplace, the socio-cultural and ethical aspects of social media marketing, the benefits and challenges of social media marketing, and the influence of Facebook usage. Second, it covers issues related to emerging technologies with a focus on digital financial inclusion, fintech, big data in marketing, cryptocurrency, and blockchain. Finally, it provides recommendations on how organisations in Africa can enhance their use of digital tools and platforms to drive efficiency and attain superior performance. The authors of this book share their vast and varied experience for the benefit of researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and students who are seeking to understand and exploit opportunities in Africa’s digital marketplace. This book is a must-read on digital business in an emerging and dynamic continent — Africa.
Ogechi Adeola is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Head of Department of Operations, Marketing and Information Systems at the Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria.
Jude N. Edeh is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Chair of Business as Unusual: Innovation Practices and New Business Models, Kedge Business School, Marseille, France.
Robert E. Hinson is the Deputy Vice Chancellor–Academic at the University of Kigali, Rwanda, Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Free State Business School, South Africa, and Professor of Marketing at the University of Ghana.