Africa’s most important marketing conversations unpacked in latest mag

By our News Team | 2022

Issue 1 2022 of Strategic Marketing for Africa is now available and makes for insightful and compelling reading.

The latest issue of Strategic Marketing for Africa, the quarterly magazine of the African Marketing Confederation (AMC) is now available online here. As always, it is packed with insightful and in-depth articles covering marketing in all its forms – from across Africa and around the world. 

Our Cover Story for Issue 1 2022 looks at the progress of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement and its practical implications for the continent’s marketers. The consensus is that it can, indeed, give a much-needed helping hand to marketing efforts and open up new markets for products and services, while at the same time reducing uneven tariffs, bureaucracy and customs delays.

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The latest issue of Strategic Marketing for Africa is now available. Photo credit: Supplied

Also under the spotlight in this issue is the annual Global Trends Study by Ipsos, which this year analysed the evolution of personal values among consumers in three key African countries. While many of the shifts in thinking are applicable across the globe, others are Africa-specific and highligh why brands should approach their engagement with African consumers with a keen sense of cultural awareness and modernism. Read the article on page 14.

An important new social media trend

A keen understanding of social media has become an increasingly important tool in the arsenal of African marketers. But this landscape is constantly changing and one of the important new trends is the rise in global popularity of TikTok. While it’s not yet quite as popular here as on some continents, our marketers are cautiously studying and investing in the platform, which some see as a gateway to tapping into Africa’s young and newly connected audiences in large numbers. Read the article on page 30.

Coffee is a money spinner for many African countries, with the number of nations who are involved in its production and export numbering upwards of 30. Competition is tough, though, given that around 70 countries worldwide are coffee producers and exporters.

Recently, both Ethiopia and Rwanda enrolled members of their respective diplomatic missions as temporary coffee marketers to help them tap into new customers in China and increase their exports to the Asian nation. China’s booming e-commerce market – it has around a billion internet users and massive online marketplaces such as Alibaba – provided a perfect platform for their innovative strategies. Read the article on page 20.

You will find all these stories, and much more, in Issue 1 2022. Strategic Marketing for Africa is the new voice of African marketing and the official publication of the African Marketing Confederation (AMC). It is available quarterly in Digital and Print editions.

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    Group CEO - Next Media

    Dr. Kin Kariisa is an extraordinary force at the helm of Next Media Services, a conglomerate encompassing NBS TV, Nile Post, Sanyuka TV, Next Radio, Salam TV, Next Communication, Next Productions, and an array of other influential enterprises. His dynamic role as Chief Executive Officer exemplifies his unwavering commitment to shaping media, business, and community landscapes.
    With an esteemed academic journey, Dr. Kariisa’s accolades include an Honorary PhD in exemplary community service from the United Graduate College inTexas, an MBA from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazong University in China, and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University.
    Dr. Kariisa pursued PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. As a dynamic educator, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at both Makerere University and Radboud University.

    Dr Kin did his PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radbond University in Nigmegen, Netherlands. He previously served as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and Radbond University in Netherlands.

    Dr Kin did his postgraduate courses in Strategic Business Management, Strategic Leadership Communication and Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives at Harvard University, Boston USA.

    • Other current and previous roles played by Dr Kin Kariisa:
    • Lecturer of e-Government and Information Security to graduate students at Makerere University, Kampala and Radbond University in the Netherlands
    • Director of Eco Bank Uganda Limited, one of the largest banks in Africa
    • Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, an umbrella industry association for all Television, Radio and online broadcasters in Uganda.
    • Chairman of Board of Directors of Nile Hotel International, that owns the leading hotel in Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel.
    • Chairman of Board of Directors of Soliton Telmec Uganda, the leading telecom company in Optic fibre business managing over 80% of optic fibre in Uganda.