Last week in Lagos, the management of Cyber Africa, one of Africa’s converged legacy Information and Technology news platforms, acknowledged digital breakthroughs across all sectors of the continent at the Cyber Africa at 10 Forum/Cyber Africa Digital Economy Awards.
The organizers convened the event to commemorate Africa’s massive digital transformation, which has seen digital technologies drive practically every area of the economy.
As a result, several organizations and individuals who are altering Africa in their own class in areas such as cyber security, eGovernance, startups, innovation, policy, infrastructure, finance, and administration have been recognized.
Precise Financial Systems Limited was recognized as an Outstanding Indigenous Financial Software Company, Phase3 Telecoms was recognized as the Best Fiber Optic Infrastructure Service Provider, Medallion Data Centres Limited was recognized as an Outstanding Data Centre Service Provider, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited was recognized for Excellence in Digital Economy Development Strategy, and Galaxy Backbone Limited was recognized as an Outstanding Public Digital Infrastructure Service Provider.
Tranter IT Infrastructure Services Limited was recognized for excellence in IoT innovation, AVM Consults Limited was recognized for best enterprise architecture provider, and Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) was recognized for excellence in data traffic domestication.
Biyi Fashoyin, who received the Outstanding Industry Service Award; Prince Osuagwu, who received Media Excellence in Digital Economy Reportage (Print Media); Shina Badaru, who received the Outstanding Industry Service Award; and Ken Nwogbo, who received Media Excellence in Promotion of Digital Impact, were among those recognized.
Babajide Kolade-Otitoju, Outstanding Media Researcher; DCP Adegoke Mustapha Ayoade, Outstanding Investigative Police Officer; Rock Adote, Outstanding Cyber Security Awareness Advocate; and Zeb Ejiro, Entertainment Digital Content Icon are among the others in this category.
In the meantime, Mal. Kashifu Inuwa, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, received the Impactful Leadership in Digital Economy award.
Mr. Hillary Damissah, the Managing Editor of Cyber Africa, said the celebration of the continent’s and Nigeria’s achievements in digital jobs creation, governance, infrastructure, digital evolution, e-System adoption, and a digitally driven economy is geared towards the continent’s and Nigeria’s achievements in digital jobs creation, governance, infrastructure, digital evolution, e-System adoption, and a digitally driven economy.
“Today, we have also introduced the Cyber Africa Digital Economy Awards to reward individuals, institutions, organizations, and remarkable contributions to the advancement of the industry as we celebrate 10 years of molding opinions, reporting concerns, influencing policies, and setting agenda,” he said.
Mr. Hillary argued that if the relevant government agencies and apparatus review the nation’s educational curriculum deliberately and urgently to aggressively cater for the growing demands for new skills sets that will drive Nigeria’s Future nay Africa in the Emerging Technology Ecosystem, Nigeria will be able to continue to have organizations like Medallion, MainOne, and Flutterwave that have attracted huge Foreign Direct Investment and equanimity in the Emerging Technology Ecosystem.
The media’s pioneering role in developing, defining, and supporting the rise of the ICT industry, which has become the poster boy of Nigeria’s economy today, was also recognized at the ceremony.
Mojisola Alabi, CECAD’s Head, Programme and Partnerships, emphasized the importance of the pioneer media in chronicling the story of Cyber Africa’s evolution from magazine to TV to radio to now online. She gave the most expensive edition, which is the first edition of the publication, as well as the most recent version, which discussed the Third World War.
Dr. Bayero Agabi, the president of CECAD, spoke briefly on the award’s purpose and evolution from the African Information Society Merit Award in 2009 to the Cyber Africa Digital Economy Award, which he said is in keeping with the industry’s evolution and development.
The Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), a non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing cyber responsibility via advocacy, training, and innovation, publishes Cyber Africa.