The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, has been named the Africa Industry Personality of the Year by the editorial board of the well-respected African Leadership Magazine, organizers of the prestigious African Business Leadership Awards 2020.
Ogunsanya was presented the award at a colorful virtual ceremony held today (30/09/20) and attended by prominent personalities, including H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma, former President, Republic of Sierra Leone; John Rwangombwa, Governor, National Bank of Rwanda; Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, Ethiopia; Lee Kinyanjui, Nakuru County Governor, Kenya; Mele Kyari, MD NNPC Group Nigeria, among others.
According to the Magazine, the Industry Personality of the Year award recognizes the individual whose vision and innovations have become drivers of growth in particular industry sectors and permanently impacted the way of doing business in that particular sector.
Ogunsanya emerged winner after a three-step points-based selection process that included a call for nomination; a call for online voting for shortlisted nominees; and the editorial board’s final review of the nominations and voting submissions. The online voting was responsible for sixty-five percentage points and supporting evidence responsible for 35% in the final selection process for the 2020 winners.
Other contestants in the Industry Personality of the Year award category were Joao Figueiredo, CEO, Moza Banco, Mozambique (who emerged first runner-up) and Paul Gbededo, CEO, Flour Mills of Nigeria
Commenting on the recognition, Ogunsanya expressed appreciation to his colleagues for their support and backing while he dedicated the award to Airtel Nigeria customers as well as other telecoms consumers and stakeholders across the continent.
“This award is a special present to me, as we celebrate our 60th anniversary tomorrow. This couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you,” he said.
The keenly contested awards attracted over 220, 000 entries on the magazine’s website and across social media platforms, as well as submissions via email from Africans across the continent and in Diaspora.
Ogunsanya and the other 16 winners of the African Business Leadership Awards 2020 were presented with an award trophy and formally decorated with the instruments of the honour at the 5th US – Africa Investment Forum & Policy Dialogue 2020 (virtual), which held Via Zoom from September 29th – 30th, 2020.
The Publisher of the Magazine, Dr Ken Giami while unveiling the winners, maintained that “Africa depends on businesses and its leaders for sustenance, jobs and wealth creation.”
Continuing, the Publisher stated that “at this time when there are widespread disruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the role and place of the business community to not only serve their clients, but become strong positive references for society on how to thrive amidst uncertainties, and inspire hope in people’s ability to aspire to solve more of the problems facing the African people today, is more important than ever.”
“Our winners and all the nominees truly deserve to be recognized for the outstanding work they have done over the last year, and they continue to do for the development of our continent”. Dr Giami added.
Pioneers, Innovators, Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards
TechTV Networkin collaboration with TechEconomy.ng, has recognised pioneers, innovators and advocates and influential organisations in the Nigerian telecoms; information and communication technology (ICT).
The award ceremony was part of activities for this year’s Titans of Tech Conference & Exhibition and in commemoration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary (Nigeria@60).
The Hybridge event with Virtual & physical attendance was held on October 08, 2020 at Virgin Rose Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos with outstanding personalities and high achievers leveraging technology across sector also recognized for their positive contributions to the nation’s economy.
The awardees include: Most Innovative AgricTech platform of the Year – Farmcrowdy; Excellent Leadership in digital Training Award -Prof. Engr. Mohammed Ajiya (the President, Digital Bridge Institute) and the Broadband Advocate of the Year – Olusola Teniola (President, ATCON).
Those inducted into the ICT Hall of Fame under TechLegends Award category include;
Engr. Olawale Ige (former Minister of Communications; HRH Engr. Eze Ogbonna Cletus Iromantu (pioneer EVC, NCC); Engr. Vincent Maduka (for contributions towards the establishment of NCC); Engr. Ernest Ndukwe (former EVC of NCC who led the successful auction of GSM licenses in Nigeria); Engr. Titi Omo-ettu (for playing key role in the liberalisation of the Nigerian telecoms industry); Chief Don Etiebet (pioneered the first Nigerian brand in personal computing) and Chima Onyekwere (championing internet revolution in Nigeria).
Others are Chief Leo Stan Ekeh (pioneered the Desktop Publishing, Computer Graphics in Nigeria and the launch of Zinox Technologies – Nigeria’s behemoth in technology sector); Chris Uwaje (contributions in the conceptualisation framework and content strategy for NITDA policy for Nigeria); Funke Opeke (for pioneering private sector-led Submarine Cable system in West Africa); Olarewaju Ayoola (for setting the stage for IoT revolution in West Africa) and Austin Okere (for innovative and investment acumen that birthed CWG Plc, a leading Pan-African systems integrator).
Excellence in Leadership Award recipients are: Chinenye Mba Uzoukwu (President of ISPON); Engr. Gbenga Adebayo (Chairman of ALTON); Engr. Olusola Teniola (President of ATCON); Amos Emmanuel (President, Programos Software Group and Chief Lead at Innovationbed.Africa); Mohammed Rudman (President of NiRA) and Chijioke Ezeh (National Coordinator of WASPAN).
Other individual and corporate awardees are; Government Agency of the Decade – Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC; Telecom Regulator of the Decade – Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC of NCC; Tech CEO of the Year – Chijioke Eke (MD, Sidmach Technologies); Best Public Sector Cloud Infrastructure Provider of the Year – Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB); ICT Company of the Year – Sidmach Technologies; Most Innovative Covid-19 e-learning platform of the Year – Luminate; ICT Infrastructure Company of the Year – TranterIT. Broadband Company of the Decade – MainOne; Most Innovative Tech Entrepreneur of the Year – Onyeka Akumah; Corporate Communications Manager of the Year – Hadiza Umar.
The organisers also recognised ICT Media Heroes with the award recipients including Aaron Ukudie (Publisher, eWorldnews magazine); Sunny Aragba-Akpore (former Manager at NCC); Okoh Aihe (former NCC staff); Bayero Agabi (President at DigiVation Network); Segun Oruame (Publisher, ITEdge News); Don Pedro Aganbi (Managing Partner at TechTV Networks); Shina Badaru (Founder, Technology Times); Remmy Nweke (Publisher, ITREALMS Group); John Awe (Communications/PR, Globacom Limited).
Speaking at the event, Don Pedro Aganbi said that the story of the growth of Nigeria’s ICT sector is the ‘story of people’. “These are people who saw the potential; people who invested and many more who worked tirelessly for years to see the growth and success of the industry.”
“These leaders”, he continued, “inspired morale, accepted responsibility and pushed the frontiers. They are the pillar behind the success stories. So, we deemed it wise to celebrate them on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.”
9mobile Felicitates with Founder of MobiHealth on World Bank SDGs Award
Nigeria’s leading telecoms provider, 9mobile, has felicitated with the founder of MobiHealth International, Dr. Funmi Adewara on winning the World Bank SDGs and HER Global Award 2020.
Adewara was one of the seven women entrepreneurs recognized for using their entrepreneurial skills to support the SDGs through their business leadership and health crisis management. MobiHealth International partnered 9mobile to spearhead telemedicine solutions in Nigeria in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
9mobile, threw its weight behind MobiHealth international, to launch a FREE COVID-19 online screening and Teleconsultation service for all Nigerians. This service was aimed at mitigating the impact of the lockdown and restricted movements as a result of the COVID-19 situation in the country. The service provided Nigerians access to highly trained and experienced medical doctors for primary care consultation via the web, app, voice, or video call from the comfort of their homes. The telemedicine service was extended to Kano to fight other health care challenges in the State.
Speaking on behalf of 9mobile, Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado congratulated MobiHealth International for its commitment to combating health issues by providing access to telemedicine services.
“We join all Nigerians to celebrate with Dr. Funmi Adewara and her Mobihealth team on a well-deserved award. The award is a testament of their relentless efforts to provide a one-stop service linking thousands of Nigerians with world-class healthcare. Our partnership with MobiHealth was part of concerted efforts to protect healthcare workers and citizens by providing access to telemedicine consultation to curb the further spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. We are glad that 9mobile was a part of this exciting journey, and we wish MobiHealth International more successes in the future”.
The award ceremony was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, United States of America.
MTN Nigeria CMO Moves To Liberia as Chief Executive Officer
MTN Nigeria has announced that its chief marketing Officer, Rahul De, is vacating his position to assume a new role within the MTN Group. Effective November 1st Rahul will become Chief Executive Officer, MTN Liberia.
Rahul was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Nigeria in 2015 and went on to drive the sustained growth of MTN’s voice and data business. Prior to his appointment in MTN Nigeria, Rahul held senior roles across India, Malaysia and Africa, driving growth and leading business transformation in hyper-competitive environments.
Expressing appreciation for Rahul’s commitment and valued service, MTN Nigeria CEO, Ferdi Moolman said, “We thank Rahul for his unwavering dedication and commitment to ensuring that MTN Nigeria remains the market leader in our industry; and congratulate him on his new role. I know that he will continue to shine bright as he moves on from our immediate Y’ello family.”
Anthony Obi, General Manager, Business Intelligence and Strategy will serve as the acting Chief Marketing Officer until a substantive appointment is made.
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