Africa Information and Communication Technologies Alliance, AfICTA, has named Mr. Kola Okunola, the Special Assistant on ICT to the Federal Inland Revenue Service-FIRS, as the winner of the “Africa ICT Personality Award 2020”.
AfICTA is a concerned private sector led alliance of ICT Associations, Multi-national Corporations, Companies, Organisations, and individuals in the ICT sector in Africa
Okunola, according to the organizer of the award, won the election conducted electronically with 70.8% of the total ballots cast in his favour.
With this development, Okunola has now joined the list of highly ranked and influential ICT personalities such as Nermine El Saadany, Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu.
The Africa ICT Personality Award is for Public/Government officials who have played a significant role in shaping ICT public in their country leading to job creation.
According to AfICTA Secretariat led by the Immediate Past Chairman, Engr. Hossam Elgamal, “the process of identifying the winner of the award for the year started in the month of September 2020 with the call for nominations to which over 25 form submissions were received from different nations in Africa by 27th November”.
The Secretariat thence confirmed from each nominee, their acceptance to participate in the contest and electronic voting which lasted for 5 working days (from 14 -18 December 2020) concluded the process.
“The AfICTA ICT Awards are in two categories “Africa ICT Champion Award” and “Africa ICT Personality Award” and the awards ceremony is the centerpiece of the AfICTA annual Summit, with the goal of identifying the most outstanding ICT leaders in public/private sectors across Africa, that have demonstrated exceptional achievement in using ICT to benefit organizations, governments, and society”, he explained further.