Tope and Chris Folayan, two middle-aged Nigerians, have invented an application which will enable Nigerians – and by extension Africans – shop from U.K. and U.S. sites.
The application, MallforAfrica, which is an interface that enable users to visit over 80 U.K. and U.S. sites to shop and have their goods delivered to Nigeria, also comes with a web card that allows Nigerians shop without exposing their verve or master card online, rather, a limited amount of money deposited in the web card for
Speaking to journalists Wednesday at the unveiling in Lagos, Tope Folayan, said the idea for MallforAfrica was conceived from a personal need and that the application is only a middle man in the transaction of business between the buyer in Nigeria and the various sites in U.S. or U.K.
“I tried to shop on various U.S. and U.K. websites and couldn’t. So between me and my brother, Chris Folayan, we developed this app which now solve that problem. You can shop on Amazon, Marks and Spencer and a whole lot of UK and US site which would normally not sell online to Nigerians,” he said.
Demonstrating how the application works, Chris said: “Once you download the app, you register, it opens you to a whole new interface which is over 80 UK and US sites and you can shop for any item, pay for it and get it delivered in to either your door step or at a nearest pick up centre in Nigeria”.
Speaking further on the tax or delivery charges, he said the application has made it possible for the user to see all tax on each item before paying and delivery charges.
“The app has made it so good that you see all the normal hidden charges before you click on pay option”.
Assuring Nigerians the safety and authenticity of their goods, Mr. Folayan said MallforAfrica link Nigerians with the directly with the manufacturer of the product and as such, the case of fake or substandard product does not come to play.