I founded KOFISI because we wanted to improve the workplace in Africa. I’ve always believed that people are the greatest asset of any company and if an enterprise invests in its team, by giving them an inspiring and productive place to work, employees will feel valued, motivated and inspired to do their best in their roles. My business partner and I saw a huge disparity in the type of office space available in Europe and the US, compared to the quality of workspace offered to business in Africa, yet for every gateway city on the Continent, to unlock real business opportunity, companies need better business infrastructure.
From the very start, KOFISI focused on the needs of businesses which was achieved through the creation of inspiring, productive and supportive workplaces to suit multinational and local businesses operating in the gateway cities of Africa. Back then, there were co-working providers with workspaces for SMEs and individuals, however, the larger corporations, who required professional, private office spaces, meeting rooms, bureau services and a reception area, were drastically underserved. Global multi-country providers were an option, but their workspaces in Africa were often purely functional spaces and fall short in terms of office design, flexibility and service provision. They offered little flexibility in their packages, asking businesses to sign up to lengthy leases with no room for creativity in space usage. The quality option for businesses here was limited when compared to what was being offered in Europe or the US.
We knew that the workspace industry in Africa was ripe for a disruptor and the success of our product has seen us grow to be operational in over six African countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Nigeria. We can now offer our Members access to any of our office facilities on the continent and access to a network of African and multinational enterprises.