Dangote Group has become the most admired brand in Africa as the Group developed and built successful brands in Africa in creating jobs and a favourable reputation of Africa as an entrepreneurial, independent and competitive continent.
The Group recently emerged as the most admired brand of African continent origin, by consumers ahead of telecommunication giant, MTN.
The Brand Africa 100, was established in 2010, in recognition of the growth of African brands, which were beginning to challenge global brands in Africa or lead global brands in new categories such as telecommunications.
The aim of Brand Africa is to identify, acknowledge and promote African and global brands that are catalysts for Africa's growth, reputation and value.
Brand Africa is a pan-African inter-generational movement to create a positive image of Africa, celebrate our identity and inspire our competitiveness. It is a brand-driven approach which recognises that in the 21st century, brands are an asset and a key driver of value and reputation for individuals, institutions or sovereign nations and the collective African brand.
Brand Africa is an independent and non-profit global African initiative for Africa by Africa. Brand Africa 100 was developed by Brand Africa in partnership with Brand Finance Plc, the world's leading independent valuation consultancy and TNS, the globally respected consumer knowledge and information company. The rankings are published annually by African Business Magazine.
The Dangote brand which is also the leading brand in Nigeria came atop in the fresh ranking of 100 best brands in Africa themed "Brand Africa: 100", the sixth edition announced in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Describing the brand, The Brand Africa revealed that the "Nigerian industrial brand Dangote is the number one African brand recalled when consumers are prompted about the continent (Africa) of origin while the South African telecommunications brand MTN is the number one African brand spontaneously recalled irrespective of continent of origin."
The United States sports and fitness brand, Nike, is the overall brand in Africa spontaneously recalled by consumers. The Brand Africa 100 ranking is based on a survey among consumers 18 years and older, conducted in 23 countries across Africa. The countries, representing all African economic regions, collectively account for 75 per cent of the population and the 74 per cent of the GDP of Africa.
Chief corporate communication officer of the Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina said the management was not surprised at the ranking because the company has continuously deepened and delivered on its core values. The focus of the company, according to him, is to be a world-class enterprise that is passionate about the quality of life of the people and giving high returns to stakeholders.
"And this philosophy is driven by values, which include customer service, entrepreneurship, excellence and leadership. In any of our subsidiaries, the focus is to provide local, value-added products and services that meet the 'basic needs' of the populace. Through the construction and operation of large scale manufacturing facilities in Nigeria and across Africa, the Group is focused on building local manufacturing capacity to generate employment, prevent capital flight and provide locally produced goods for the people.
"The expansion of our business especially the Cement which has operations in 14 African countries including Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia, among others has added to popularity of our company and the products," Chiejina stated.
African brands rose slightly to account for 17 per cent of the Top 100 brands in Africa, non-African brands retained their firm position in Africa with 83 per cent share of the Top 100 most admired brands in Africa.
Brands from Europe leads the table with 40 per cent, North America at 24 per cent and Asia 19 per cent. West Africa six per cent, with only Nigerian brands and Southern Africa per cent. The Top 100 is dominated by technology and electronic brands (29 per cent), consumer (non-cyclical) (19 per cent), apparel (15 per cent), automobile (eight per cent), food (seven per cent) and sports & fitness (five per cent) categories are the top categories.
"Overall, the 2017/18 Brand Africa 100 list, which started out with over 15,500 brand mentions covering over 2,200 admired brands, illustrates a very diversified portfolio of categories and brands in Africa.
Founder and chairman of Brand Africa and Brand Leadership, Thebe Ikalafeng said African brands have an important role in helping to build the African brand, saying these rankings are an important metric of the progress Africa is making in creating home-grown world-class brands that are changing the narrative on African competiveness, image and reputation and contributing to its socio-economic transformation.
According to him, there is an incredible year-on-year consistency, with 60 per cent of the Top 10 brands common among the Top 10 Most Admired African Brands and Most Admired Brands in Africa, led by Nigeria's Dangote and Glo, South Africa's MTN and Shoprite, Kenya's Tusker and Ethiopia's Anbessa. Out of the 16 African brands in Top 100 in 2016/17, six exited and seven entered the Top 100 in 2017/18.
"The major change on the list is the status of the Safaricom/Mpesa brand, because Vodacom/Vodafone recently became majority owner of the business, in the 2017/18 tables the Safaricom/Mpesa brand was consolidated into the Vodacom/Vodafone brand. Singled out, the Safaricom/Mpesa brand ranked 27, higher than the Vodacom/Vodafone brand, which is at number 31. Collectively, the Vodacom/Vodafone/Safaricom brand is now at number 17.
"Safaricom/Mpesa remains a highly recalled African brand among Financial Services and the Most Admired Brands in Africa. Zimbabwe's Econet made the most spectacular first time entry into the Top 100 at number 40. After a long stay on the list despite its innumerable challenges, BlackBerry finally fell off the list as the brand exited the consumer markets. On the other hand, Etisalat, which dropped 31 spots remains on the list of the Top 100 despite exiting Africa in 2017.
"The highest gains are dominated by apparel and lifestyle sport brands Ralph Lauren, Versace and a resurgent Reebok. The sports category, led by Nike remains a strong performer, due to strategic repositioning or expansion in their positioning towards lifestyle and high profile endorsements and partnerships which have freshened and broadened the brands' appeal, particularly to youthful and young consumers."
Meanwhile, it has been said that one of the key catalysts for Africa's growth, competitiveness and reputation lies in developing and growing globally competitive and locally relevant African brands and global brands in Africa.