Exammate and Interactive Media Interface Design are the winners of the third edition of the Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation, presented at the AfricaCom Awards Gala Dinner which held in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 12th of November 2014, as part of the AfricaCom 2014 Conference.
Sponsored by Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat, the Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation which is awarded in 2 categories, is aimed at encouraging and celebrating valuable innovation in the African market.
Head, Digital Media, Etisalat Nigeria, Adia Sowho; Winner, Etisalat Prize for Innovation (Ideas Category), Abdulganiyu Onabanjo and Director, Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluwole Rawa at the AfricaCom Awards, held in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday.
The first prize of $25,000 for the Most Innovative Product or Service was presented to Exammate, an Exam preparatory programme for JAMB candidates, while a second prize of $10,000 for the Most Innovative Idea was presented to Interactive Media Interface Design (IMID), a remote communication interface for GPRS-enabled pre-paid meters. The Awards were presented by Oluwole Rawa and Adia Sowho, Director, Consumer Segment and Head Digital Media, both from Etisalat Nigeria.
Head, Digital Media, Etisalat Nigeria, Adia Sowho; Winner, Etisalat Prize for Innovation (Product/Service Category), Anthony Oniwon and Director, Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluwole Rawa at the AfricaCom Awards, held in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday.
Speaking after making the presentations, Rawa said that he was pleased to see that the competition was beginning to inspire local software developers and ingenious people to create innovative and relevant mobile broadband products and services that can make a positive impact on the economy.
“At Etisalat, we see ourselves as a young and innovative company, setting the pace for others in the telecommunications industry. Therefore we are glad to see that the Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation is spurring young people across Africa to be creative. ” He said.
Anthony Oniwon, the creator of Exammate Application, and Abdulganiyu Onabanjo who conceived the IMID idea, both commended Etisalat for introducing the award. They expressed confidence that the Prize will not only empower them to accomplish their dreams and bring their ideas to life but will also inspire other companies to reach out to young entrepreneurs and innovators.