Jannou Afrique | About Us
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Over $100M in African hospitality and commercial real estate in development for 2019.

Jannou Afrique is a fully-integrated real estate investment, development and management firm based in Africa. Jannou invests in and develops properties for its own account and in joint venture partnerships with institutional and high net worth investors.


We also work with third-party clients to deliver a comprehensive package of advisory services including project management, design oversight, marketing and branding strategy, and asset management.


The company was established in 2014 by American Christopher Jannou, who saw an opportunity to service several underdeveloped niches in commercial and hospitality development throughout Africa. Our focus is on value hospitality products (hotels, long- stay apartments, collaborative workspaces), mid-sized commercial centers ($5-10M) and other branded real estate categories where we have a competitive advantage.


That strategy has paid off. In a short but dedicated span, Jannou has developed a strong pipeline of projects, along with a reputation for on-time delivery and execution across Zambia and Southern Africa. We continue to collaborate with pension funds, insurance groups, private equity and real estate investment trusts seeking above average, risk-adjusted returns and a partner with a record of successful execution.


Design + Development

Jannou is currently developing branded real estate projects throughout Africa distinguished by a commitment to design and creative financial strategies. Jannou Afrique has over 40,000 square meters in the acquisition, development, or construction stage, including ground-up development, value-add repositioning, and adaptive reuse.


Jannou sees a window of opportunity in Africa for international-class value hospitality brands. Our hospitality division is anchored by strong operational capabilities. With a solid platform in Southern Africa, The Urban Hotel Group is currently developing long and short stay projects across the continent.

Branding, Sales & Marketing

Jannou Afrique’s unique capabilities fuse development, design, and hospitality expertise with cutting-edge analysis, research, marketing and sales strategy to maximize value potential. Jannou’s distinctive lifestyle approach to sales and marketing is building recognizable brands for investors around the Africa.


Tenant Mix Design   |   Mall Layout Planning   |   Leasing   |   Marketing   |   Branding   |   Promotion   |   Tenant Liaison


Professional Team Selection, Appointment & Management   |   Value Engineering   |   Site Development Planning   |   Works Scheduling and Programming   |   Critical Path Analysis   |   Procurement and Cost Management   |   Leasing   |   Geographic and Location Studies