Terragon hosts LBS’ Prof. Uchenna Uzo following 14th Inaugural Lecture

It was all glitz and glamour as business leaders from the Academia, FSI, FMCG, Telco, Media, etc. came together last weekend to celebrate Prof. Uchenna Uzo, a Professor of Marketing and a Faculty Director at Lagos Business School, following his successful delivery of the 14th Inaugural Lecture, at the Lagos Business School.

The dinner which was hosted by Terragon, was held at the exclusive Capital Club Lagos and had in attendance members of management of Pan-Atlantic University/Lagos Business School including, Prof. Enase Okonedo (Vice-Chancellor, PAU), Prof. Juan Elegido (Former Vice Chancellor, PAU), Prof. Chris Ogbechie (Dean, Lagos Business School), amongst others. Top business leaders including Olatomiwa Williams (Country Director, Microsoft Nigeria), Adia Sowho (Chief Marketing Manager, MTN Nigeria), Emmanuel Ojo (CEO, RedTech Ltd), Chizor Malize, (MD/CEO, FITC) and Elo Umeh (CEO, Terragon), were also in attendance.

In his welcome remarks, CEO of Terragon, Elo Umeh poured encomium on the academic genius, describing him as an extraordinary talent, and a marketing scholar who has been a key collaborator for Terragon. Guests at the event also gave glowing tributes to the man of the moment, applauding his humility, grit, discipline, and sterling contributions to the academic and business communities in Nigeria and Beyond.

Prior to the celebratory dinner, Prof. Uzo delivered the 14th Inaugural Lecture at Pan-Atlantic University. His lecture titled: “The Hidden Gem: Success in Africa’s Informal Markets”,  shed light on the pivotal role played by informal markets in driving economic growth across Africa.

In his lecture, Prof. Uzo asserted that the growing adoption of digitalisation will not be the death of the informal market in Nigeria. According to him, the informal market which describes the part of any economy that is neither taxed nor monitored by any form of government is estimated to be 57.7 percent which represents approximately $1.167 billion at GDP levels in Nigeria.

He went further to debunk 3 myths that often obstruct the understanding of Africa’s informal market. They include, audience perception of the informal markets as illegal/ black markets that concentrate on flouting the laws of the land; the perception that Africa’s informal marketplaces will completely or eventually transition to modern markets in the formal economy; and lastly, the notion that the informal sector does not have structure.

He went on to debunk the fallacies, highlighting the size of the Informal market, noting that while the informal market may look unstructured, they do employ a sophisticated and distinctive business method.

A Professor of Marketing, Prof Uzo received his B.Sc and M.Sc in Sociology from the University of Lagos, and his Master of Research in Management as well as PhD in Management from the IESE Business School, Barcelona. He is a member and reviewer of the Academy of Management and also a Research fellow of the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR). He is also an active member of the European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) and the American Marketing Association. He also served as a visiting research scholar at Stanford University, USA.

He is currently the Faculty Director at Lagos Business School and teaches courses in Marketing Management, Personal selling, Sales, and Channel management. His research and consulting assignments span several industries focusing mainly on retail marketing management, sales, and distribution channel management.

Terragon is Africa’s leading data and marketing technology company that leverages data and technology to help Brands intelligently reach, engage and deliver more meaningful experiences to African consumers on mobile.


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