C.S.R : Jumia Travel provides relief support to victims of Oko-oba fire incident

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Lagos, 10th December, 2015 – In line with its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative in advancing the cause of social development, Travel.Jumia.com, Africa’s largest hotel booking portal has reached out to victims rendered homeless from the recent inferno which ravaged the Oko-oba axis of Lagos.

The fire incident which began in the late hours of Tuesday, the 1st of December razed the community of stilt houses and popular timber market located on the Lagos lagoon close the Third Mainland Bridge.

While speaking to newsmen, the Managing Director of Jumia Travel Nigeria, Kushal Dutta explained the importance of engaging in causes geared towards developing social welfare and providing support for those in need.

In his words, “At Jumia Travel, we are committed to creating platforms that serve to positively grow the capacity of Nigerians because we understand that if the welfare of our society is adequately taken care of, our collective development as a nation will increase as well. This is why we have reached out to the families here at Oko-oba and we will continue to engage in as many projects like this in the future.”

The ravaged area neighbouring the Makoko district has a high population of women and children with low access to healthcare and educational facilities.

Expressing their excitement at the visit by Jumia Travel, community leader, Chief Aderoye Ogunmefun said “Since the fire happened, many people have been sleeping in the open without a roof over their heads because all their properties were lost in the fire. With what Jumia Travel has done, we now have hope and we thank them very much for this help that they have given us.”

As the first Nigerian e-commerce company to partner with the United Nations Child Education Fund, UNICEF, Jumia Travel actively contributes $5 on every booking made to the payment of school fees for the girl-child across Africa.

With the recent launch of its offices in Myanmar and Bangladesh, Jumia Travel now has a vast portfolio of 8,000 hotels in Nigeria and over 200,000 hotels around the world at the best prices possible and global presence in more than 41 countries around the world.

About Jumia Travel

Jumia Travel is an online hotel booking service founded by Africa Internet Group and has MTN and Millicom as investors. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 booking portal, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services. Jumia Travel has over 25,000 local hotel listings across Africa and over 200,000 hotels around the world.

About AIG

Africa Internet Group introduces and accelerates the online shift in Africa – for its people and its culture. It is committed to running successful and vibrant internet companies which boost the evolution of African online culture. AIG is the parent group of nine successful and fast-growing companies in more than 26 African countries, accounting for over 3,500 staff. AIG cares about entrepreneurship and brings together all the key elements required to build great companies: team, concept, technology and capital. Its network of companies includes JUMIA, Kaymu, Hellofood, Lamudi, Carmudi, Zando, Jumia Travel, Lendico and Easy Taxi.

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