Key players in Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry are now warming up for the second edition of the prestigious Chief Information Officer (CIO) Awards. The award ceremony, which is being organized by Edniesal Consulting Limited, enterprise governance and business consultancy firm, is scheduled to take place at Lagos Oriental Hotels, Lekki.
According to the organisers, the objective of the CIO Awards is to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work by CIOs, CTOs – Chief Technology Officers, CDOs – Chief Digital Officers, and other leaders in the Information Technology ecosystem across various business sectors of the economy.
“These are the unsung heroes that bring innovation to bear while discharging their duties, and importantly, positively affecting business functions,” the company stated. “Today, technology has become a mainstay of our everyday lives including leading businesses and organizations. Those behind the workings are hardly mentioned, which is why the CIO Awards was inaugurated and has come to stay,” it added. Sharing their experience of the award, one of last year’s recipients, Mr. Richard Amafonye, the CIO of Wema Bank and winner, CIO of the year – Banking, said: “Winning a professional award means a lot, a tangible size of expertise, a reasonable marker of achievement, and indeed an affirmation of capability, and a constant reminder to up performances and meet expectations.” According to him, one of the benefits of the award is that it provides a platform for awardees and their companies to connect with key players in the industry and ensure a solid presence. Another recipient of the Award, Mr. Obinna Ukonu, the Business Solutions and Systems Director, Nigerian Bottling Company, and Winner, CIO of the year – Consumer Goods & Retail, held that “receiving the award has helped to elevate my visibility and presence, and has also allowed me to connect with other IT leaders and thought leaders within the industry.”
As the ceremony draws closer, assessments on the nominations received so far are ongoing by the Jury team. The jury is chaired by Mr. Ade Bajomo, Executive Director, Access Bank Plc, with Mrs. Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka of MTN as vicechairman. Some of the leading categories where prizes are up for grabs include Banking, Telecoms, Fintech amongst others. The Convener of the CIO Awards, and MD/CEO of Edniesal Consulting, Mrs. Abiola Laseinde assured stakeholders of a credible process, while expressing appreciation to the Jury body for accepting to be a part of the process.