The Conference is an annual colloquium of Nigerian retail thought and practice leaders. They brainstorm, discuss and align on the key issues, challenges and opportunities of the Nigerian Retail Industry and importantly how to drive the sustainable growth of the Industry.

The Conference was first convoked in 2014 and continues to grow year on year supporting the industry to chart the preferred transformation path and proffering practical solutions for the industry and business success.

We invite you to join us and together we shall make the future of Nigeria great.



In 2014, our theme was “The Nigerian Retail Transformation: Change, Challenges & Opportunities”. We explored the future of Retail in Nigeria and came out with imperatives that Nigerian Retailers must achieve to be alive and thrive in the future.

Our lead speakers where Mr Darnesh Gordhon (MD @Nestle), Mr Philip Odozua (MD @UBA) and Mr Idy Enang (MD @L'Oreal West Africa), Mr Matt Parmaks (EVP @DMSRetail Inc. Canada). Mrs Olusola Oworu (Commissioner for Commerce & Industry, Lagos State) was our Chief Guest of Honour.



In 2015, our theme was “The Future of Retail in Nigeria: The Seven Horsemen”. We examined the 7 Key Factors that will shape the Future of Retail in Nigeria. Key take aways were the need for retailers to futureproof their enterprises; and a call on the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to see the current decline national revenue occasioned by the fall oil price as the golden opportunity to diversify the economy by supporting other critical sectors of the economy, particularly retail and thus improve her revenue earning capacity as well as create employment opportunities for millions of unemployed youths in Nigeria.

Our Keynote Speaker was Maxi Sam Ohuanbuwa (Founder @ SOFEE). Our other Speakers were Lampe Omoyele (MD, WA @ The Neisen Company), Adenike Ogunlesi (Founder @ Ruff & Tumble), Bukky George (Owner @ Health Plus), Tokunbo Omisore (Founder @ Top Services), Sylvester John (WA Executive @ Game Store), Johnathan Doer (MD @ Jumia), Wale Olaoye (MD @ Halogen Security), amongst others.



This 2016 edition's theme “Unlocking Retail Potentials for Survival, Growth & Sustainability” was picked because of the dual challenge of survival and growth that is probably what is keeping most retailers awake at night. The country is dealing major economic challenges – from infrastructural to bureaucratic challenges and lately the challenges of foreign exchange and liquidity in the system and more.

Faced with the current realities, a lot of retail organisations needed to take drastic measures to fight for them sustainable survival, from cutting costs fast by shrinking store footprints, limiting SKUs, tightening up supply chains to cutting store labour etc. Yet, there were others who largely unsure of how to react, were asking questions as to what to do in the face of current realities.

The conference was therefore positioned to support retail organisations with answers options, strategies and road maps they can adopt and follow to guarantee their survival not only during this uncertain and challenging economic times, but grow their business in a way that is sustainable both now and in the future.

Our keynote speaker was Ibukun Awosika (Chairman, Board of Directors of First Bank of Nigeria). Our other speakers were Rahul Murgai (Managing Director for Reckitt Benckiser (RB) operations in Western Africa) Temitope Oshikoya (Former Director-General/CEO of the West African Monetary Institute and CEO of Nextnomics), Adenike Ogunlesi (CEO of Ruff & Tumble), Bukky George (CEO of HealthPlus), Nnamdi Ezeigbo (CEO of SLOT Limited) Deola Ade-Ojo (CEO of Deola Sagoe), Raphael Afaedor (CEO of & Founder of Jumia) Samuel Ejeh (Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Grocery Bazaar Limited); Joseph Ebata (President/CEO of the Bervidson Group and Convener of the Conference) among others.



The TRLC 2017 will build on the successes of the past editions and we expect participants to leave the Conference with clear actions and responsibilities.