Awards and Accolades
The inaugural Kenya E-Commerce Awards 2019 took place this month amidst much fanfare, with successful local companies being recognized for their excellence and innovation in online business platforms and models. Teresa Lubano, founder of The Nanjala Company, an online specialist store for gifts centered on potted plants and accessories, scooped the E-Commerce Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The Kenya E-Commerce Awards 2019 ceremony was a glittering occasion, aimed at celebrating the innovators and online business movers and shakers in the country from the world of e-commerce. The awards were created to recognize exceptional websites, platforms, suppliers and online marketing campaigns from leading in-house teams and specialist agencies from across Kenya. The prestigious award created to recognize Kenya’s leading E-Commerce Female Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to Teresa Lubano, founder of The Nanjala Company. shopnanjala.com was created to deliver one stop solutions for brand design, customized gifts items and eye catching potted plants. All of Shop Nanjala’s work is locally sourced and made in Kenya. Shop Nanjala also received the first runner up award for Best Home Improvement E-Commerce Website of the Year.
Teresa Lubano is the creative mind that drives SHOP NANJALA. Having worked for over a decade as an Art Director on leading brands across East Africa, Teresa has the experience and perspective to utilize the unique mosaic of design influences that appeal to Kenya’s burgeoning middle class. The business joins hands with small scale artisans and craftsmen across Kenya to produce and deliver high quality handmade gifts and accessories for men and women. Every item on the Shop Nanjala online shelf is made to order which illustrates how seriously Teresa and her team respond to their clients’ specific needs.
Teresa Nanjala Lubano - The startup story of a Kenyan entrepreneur with a love of local products and a passion for supporting those who make them - Lionesses of Africa
A common challenge for many artisans in Africa is getting access to markets and gaining the right kind of exposure for their work. The Nanjala Company in Kenya is one enterprise looking to provide a solution, thanks to the interest and commitment of its founder, Teresa Nanjala Lu
Teresa says of Shop Nanjala:
“At Shop Nanjala, we recognize that many local artisans and craftsmen are held back by a lack of exposure and opportunity. We are committed to helping them take their talents and wares to the market in a more professional and gainful manner. By collaborating with Shop Nanjala they add value to their creations and gain access to a category of clients who are able to pay a fairer price for their labour. Our brand name, NANJALA is a native Luhyia word derived from the word “Enjala” that means “to Hunger”. Hence our vision statement “We Crave Great Design”.
Speaking about her award win, Teresa said:
“A huge thank you for nominating @shopnanjala! I know it was your votes that really gave me that boost!!!! Forever grateful and indebted to you all. Asante sana!!!! It was a wonderful night. Now for those who want a potted plant (comes gift packed if you wish it as a present) and live in Nairobi or Mombasa, don’t hesitate to go online and feel the pure convenience of shopping on shopnanjala.com and we guarantee delivery within 24- 48 hours.
Find out more by visiting the Shop Nanjala website: www.shopnanjala.com