Our history

Our corporate mission, which is to add vitality to life, is the very heart of Unilever. We seek to ensure that when people choose our brands, they are choosing vitality. The journey to achieve this began back in the 19th century.

Our historyMaking a difference since 1923

Unilever Nigeria Plc, was incorporated as Lever Brothers (West Africa) Ltd on 11th April, 1923 by Lord Leverhulme, but the company’s antecedents have to be traced back to his existing trading interests in Nigeria and West Africa generally, and to the fact that he had since the 19th century been greatly involved with the soap business in Britain. Unilever Nigeria Plc started as a soap manufacturing company, and is today one of the oldest surviving manufacturing organizations in Nigeria. 

After series of mergers/acquisitions, the company diversified into manufacturing and marketing of foods, non-soapy detergents and personal care products. These mergers/acquisitions brought in Lipton Nigeria Ltd in 1985, Cheesebrough Ponds Industries Ltd in 1988. The company changed its name to Unilever Nigeria Plc in 2001.

Unilever Nigeria Plc is a public liability company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange since 1973 with Nigerians currently having 49% of equity holdings.

Why we still succeed

The long-term success of this business stems from the strong relationship with the consumers based on the deep roots in the local cultures and markets, creating products that help them to ‘feel good, look good and get more out of life’ and the total commitment to exceptional standards of performance and productivity. In order to sustain this success, we endeavor to maintain the highest standards of corporate behavior towards our employees, consumers, customers, communities and operating environment. 

Our brands are household favorites and this is because we are so deeply committed to meet the everyday needs of people everywhere in Nigeria. What is more, our deep roots here combined with international experience and support; enable us to consistently develop brands, which raise the quality of life. It is therefore no surprise that one would find that all over Nigeria, people are at home with our brands.

Re-inventing ourselves

Unilever as a company has embarked on a programme of restructuring in a bid to re-energize itself. Code-named the Journey to Greatness, the vision is re-inventing ourselves so that we can deliver fully on our promises to our consumers, customers and investors. In addition, the company has sharpened its focus by introducing the Vitality mission, which stands to ensure that in all we do, we are adding vitality to life for everyone. 

Corporately responsible

Over the years, Unilever Nigeria Plc has been a socially responsible and responsive organization that takes strategic actions for the improvement of the communities and environments in which it operates. The company has made provision for assistance in fields of health, education/children welfare and potable water/hygiene as part of its social responsibility programme in the Nigerian communities. 

Environment & society

Every day, people all over the country choose our products to care for their families. This illustrates a key way in which we make a positive contribution to society.

  • Environment & society