Guinness Nigeria

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Guinness Nigeria Plc[1]
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded29 April 1950
24 Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Number of locations
Lagos, Benin City Aba
Key people
Mr Babatunde Abayomi Savage (Chairman)
ProductsBeer Brewing, Bottling and Marketing of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Harp Lager, Malta Guinness and other Beverages
RevenueNaira 123,663,125,000 (2011)
OwnerDiageo Guinness Overseas Limited (46%), Atalantaf Ltd. (7.8%) Nigerian Citizens (46.2%)
Number of employees
1 332 (2012)
Foreign Extra Stout, the main product of Guinness Nigeria. See also the back label

Guinness Nigeria, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc of the United Kingdom, was incorporated in 1962 with the building of a brewery in Ikeja, the heart of Lagos. The brewery was the first Guinness operation outside Ireland and Great Britain. Other breweries have been opened over time: Benin City brewery in 1973 and Ogba brewery in 1963.


Guinness product was sold in Nigeria in the 1940s and 1950s by United Africa Company (UAC) and the country soon became an important export market for the firm. In 1961, plans came into fruition between Arthur Guinness Son and Co and UAC to establish a brewery at Ikeja, Lagos.[2] Arthur Guinness first factory outside the British Isles was built by Taylor Woodrow. The initial plant had the annual capacity to brew 75 million bottles or 150,000 barrels of beer. The plant area had a 15 million capacity bottle bin and office block designed by the firm of Godwin and Hopwood.[3]


Guinness Nigeria produces the following beer brands:

  • Foreign Extra Stout (1962), 7.5% ABV (varies),
  • Harp Lager Beer (1974), 5.15% ABV,
  • Guinness Extra Smooth (2005) 6% ABV,
  • Satzenbrau (November 2006),
  • Harp Lime (2012) – discontinued.
  • Armstrong Black Lager – discontinued
  • Dubic Extra Lager (April 2012) 5% ABV,

The RTD (ready-to-drink) products include:

  • Gordon's Spark (2001) – discontinued,
  • Smirnoff Ice (September 2006)5.5% ABV,
  • SNAPP (September 2012) 5% ABV,
  • Orijin (August 2013) 6%ABV[4]

The popular malta (soft drink) drink range includes:

  • Malta Guinness (1990),
  • Malta Guinness Low Sugar (May 2012)[5]

Community Investment[edit]

Guinness Nigeria Plc's Water of Life initiative currently provides potable water to over 500,000 Nigerians spread across several rural communities, from Northern to Southern Nigeria. It funds scholarship and provides Guinness Eye Hospitals in three cities in Nigeria.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NSE Listed Companies". Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  2. ^ Akinsanya, Olu (January 1969). "How Guinness Came Into Being". The People: 26.
  3. ^ "Developments: Guinness in Nigeria". West African Builder and Architect.: 57. 1963. ISSN 0043-2970. OCLC 32562858.
  4. ^ "Guinness Nigeria Launches Its Latest Blend Of Herbs And Fruits Drink Orijin In Port Harcourt". Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  5. ^ "New Malta Guinness Low Sugar Launches in Nigeria". Retrieved 4 March 2014.

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