Africa’s most comprehensive digital awards, The GAGE Awards recently opened its portals for nominations.
The much-anticipated call for nominations of The GAGE Awards 2021 has opened to enable Nigerians nominate their favourite innovators and brands who have leveraged on digital to make lives simpler and better.
The call for nominations is opened to 20 categories in 5 areas which includes; Innovation, Information, Inspiration, Entertainment and Business. Nigeria’s most innovative brands and entrepreneurs took home Awards in key categories at the maiden edition held February 22nd 2020.
Some of the categories open for nominations include; Banking App of the Year, Breakout App of the Year, Best Digital Financial Platform, Online Comedian of the Year, Tech Entrepreneur of the Year, Digital Artiste of the Year, Website of the Year, Influencer of the Year, Social Movement of the Year, Influencer of the Year and more.
The GAGE Awards 2021 comes with the introduction of a new category – GAGE STAR OF THE YEAR. This category celebrates the individual or group who took the Internet by storm in the year under review.
Nominations will be done strictly on the GAGE Awards website.
In a statement released in Lagos, the convener, Mr Johnson Anorh said, “Industry experts have expressed excitement at the second edition based on the credibility of the process and the dire need to encourage outstanding digital innovations in the Nigerian digital eco-system. They believe this will bring the needed standard, facilitate innovation and growth in the African digital space.”
He also announced names of the academy of judges for 2021 edition, to include Dr Adebola Akindele, GMD Courteville Business Solutions, the brain behind Autoreg, a digital solution that automates vehicular registration; Chizor Malize, MD/CEO, Financial Institution Training Centre (FITC); Moritz Boullenger, CEO, Pulse Nigeria; Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, CEO Future Software Limited, Committee Chair, Funding Framework for the Nigerian Technology Sector and Non- Executive Director Stanbic IBTC.
Others are Lanre Adisa, CEO Noah’s Ark, a creative with over 25 years’ experience in marketing communications; Mai Atafo, CEO Mai Atafo Inspired, an inspirational Fashion designer; Gil Kemami, MD/CEO BBDO MediaEdge Kenya; Modupe Adefeso-Olateju, Managing Director, The Education Partnership Centre; Uzoma Dozie, Founder/CEO Sparkle, a mobile-first platform for Nigeria’s retail Banking industry, and erstwhile GMD of Diamond bank; Banke Alawaye, CTO aCubed Limited; Dr. Adeola Olubamiji, Founder STEMHub Foundation, a Nigerian-Canadian Advanced Manufacturing Technical Advisor with Cummins Inc, Indiana.
Also on the list are Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, Founder/CEO Zapphaire Events; Kelechi Mbah, Founding MD/CEO ServiceDesk; and Jason Cumming, a business consultant and former business leader at international brand communications networks such as IPG, WPP, Omnicom and M&C Saatchi.
According to Mr Anorh who expressed delight on the awards, the organizers have gone through great length to get the collection of individuals to help select the best of some of the most technical categories in this year’s GAGE Awards.
“2020 was a very interesting year in the tech space, especially now that the world has learnt to depend on digital technology due to the pandemic. The GAGE Awards ‘21 is meant to set standard for digital not just in Nigeria but in Africa”.
He continued “We understand the importance of bringing on board distinguished men and woman who are not just technocrats but also passionate men and women who love the growth of the digital space in Africa.
Their passion for this growth was one huge factor in their selection. We are very confident about the value of their involvement with the GAGE Awards brand and can’t wait for how the nominations and voting will play out. I think we are in for some excitement in the next few months’.
At the maiden edition of the GAGE Awards in Lagos, some of the big winners were GTBank, Airtel, E-Tranzact, Jumia Food, Kiki Mordi, Onyeka Akumah, Taaooma etc.
The GAGE Awards is an initiative of TOMATO DIGITALS; it is aimed at fast-tracking the pace of technological growth in Nigeria. By introducing the much-needed standard, GAGE Awards is facilitating growth, innovation and attracting new talents to the digital space. The 2021 edition is scheduled to take place in April 2021.