African companies with roots in Nigeria are leading the list of companies to inspire Africa in 2019, according to a report by the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
A map highlighting the countries with the most featured companies, showed Nigeria led with 97 companies, while Kenya followed with 66.
The region with the highest number of nominated companies was however Eastern Africa with 147 featured companies, this was followed by Western Africa with 130 featured companies, Southern Africa with 47 companies was third and Northern Africa came fourth with 26 featured companies.
Among a total of 360 companies featured as operating in 32 countries in Africa under seven major sectors, 23 percent of the companies are led by women, almost double the proportion in the 2017 report, with standout sectors having senior female executives in Healthcare & Education and Financial Services.
The report pointed out that the fastest growing sectors are Financial Services and Renewable Energy with revenue growth rates of 70 percent and 66 percent respectively.
In addition, Consumer Services was the most represented sector with 79 companies from 20 countries this year, reflecting the growth of sub-sectors such as Consumer Goods, Food & Beverages, Leisure & Tourism, Media and Retail, and the growing middle class in Africa.
However, Agriculture remained an important sector for the continent with 53 companies, almost 15 percent of those featured.
The report identified that Nigeria further built on its leading position established in the 2017 Report with strong representation from the Industry and Technology & Telecom sectors, while the East-West African axis dominated this year’s report with 130 companies from Western Africa and 147 from Eastern Africa.
The report noted that the companies in this year’s report were creating significant employment opportunities across Africa with each company employing an average of 363 people.
Some of the companies from Nigeria listed were Afriland Properties Plc, ARM Life Plc, BudgIT Foundation, Co-Creation Hub Ltd, Eat ‘N’ Go Ltd, Ensure Insurance Plc, Farmcrowdy Ltd, FSDH Merchant Bank Ltd, Interswitch Ltd, Jumia, Lagoon Hospitals Group and Leadway Assurance Company Ltd.
Others were MainOne Cable Company Nigeria Ltd, Mouka Ltd, Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc, Olori Cosmetics, Proshare Nigeria Ltd, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, RenMoney MFB Ltd, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, St. Nicholas Hospital Ltd, Swift Networks Ltd, SystemSpecs Ltd, Terragon Ltd, Wakanow.com Ltd and Whogohost Ltd.
David Schwimmer, the CEO of the LSE, explained that, “London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ report showcases inspirational and entrepreneurial businesses from across the African continent, representing a wide variety of industries and countries.”
He added that, “It is particularly encouraging to see the increasing influence of women in leadership roles in these fast-growing companies, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of African business.
“These high growth companies have the potential to transform the African economy and become tomorrow’s job creators. At LSEG, we are committed to helping companies realise that potential and we are pleased to highlight and celebrate the company success stories behind one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”