Africans Light up Lagos, celebrate Agabi, DigiVation at 20

It was a night of glitz and glamour in Lagos as Africa’s foremost ICT broadcast journalist BayeroAgabi marked 20 years of DigiVation Network, the continent’s first IT Media broadcast programme and the only to have won the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) award twice.

The venue, Radisson Blue Hotel, GRA Ikeja, was lit with colourful and scintillating array of programmes which treated the audience to a delightful experience.

At the centre of the event was the hero of the day and cynosure of all eyes; DrBayeroAgabi, a distinguished, ace broadcaster who walked the turf of ICT reportage and advocacy first in Africa and literally had entrenched himself into the Continent’s “Digital Hall of Fame”.

This was evident in the presentation to the ICT broadcast trailblazer by members of ICT Broadcast Network who have also carved a niche for themselves yet with so much gratitude for Agabi’s mentorship.

The present, with the image of the ICT legend clad in gladiator outfit with an heroic expression holding a sword and a shield, was perhaps the height of the event as it elicited admiration from not just Agabi, the recipient, but also from all the audience.

“This is my true personality,” Agabi said emphatically as he held up the pictorial image amidst cheers and admiration.

“A warrior, who’s dogged and tenacious; who never gives up. Indeed I am proud of this, and I say a very big thank you (to the team who presented the gift).”

Agabi, who pioneered ICT broadcast journalism in 1999, is famous for his enlightenment and advocacy programmes which are targeted at promoting the IT and digital ecosystem.

In his 20 years of ICT broadcast experience and digital evolution, Agabi has championed consistent policies that saw to the creation of the birth of several government agencies during this period.

Tagged AFRICA DIGITAL HEROES Awards, the event saw in attendance notable individuals who were honoured in various capacities for their contributions to the development and promotion of IT industry in the continent.

Some of the personalities recognized includes; the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, EngrAbdullahiSule; Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Pantami; former president Chief OlusegunObasanjo; the Government of Rwanda represented by Amb. StanislasKimanze; the Executive Director, Ghana Tourism Authority MrAkwasiAgyeman; MD/CEO Galaxy Backbone (GBB) Arch. Yusuf Kazaure; Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission  (NCC) Prof Umar Danbatta; Founder, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Mr Austin Okere; President of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) MrOlusolaTeniola; Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); amongst others.

The award covered different categories which includes best IT savvy governor, Digital Personality (Public Sector Space), Most Outstanding State Government Digital Capacity Development, Best Online Comedy Content, IT Lifetime Achievement, Industry Service Recognition, Digital Service Star amongst others

Speaking shortly after he was awarded, Governor Sule, who was awarded best IT savvy governor to receive the Most Outstanding State Government Digital Capacity Initiative for Economic Transformation Award, said his government was determined to tower other states in ICT and technology innovation.

Encomiums for a Pace-Setter

Meanwhile eulogies were also showered on Agabi who many described as a blessing to the ICT sector. Many submitted that his roles on the IT industry remain verdant for the future generation to benefit from.

Speaking, ATCON President MrOlusolaTeniola commended the ICT broadcast icon, saying “Agabi is a instrumental to IT development in Nigeria just as the media has been instrumental to assist the voice of associations, in particular ATCON.

“Without our voice being heard there will be no advocacy. The industry has been on a journey and ATCON’s partnership with DigiVation, under my leadership, has seen a revitalized, confident and more daring media organization and journalistic approach to some of the very pressing issues, which might not have been made possible but for the tenacity and determination of DrBayeroAgabi to drive  advocacies and enlightenment programme which had on many occasions influenced policy makers.”

Also speaking, CEO Medallion Communications, IkechukwuNnamani, said: “BayeroAgabi is one of the key people that the country owe a lot of gratitude to.

“Looking at today, if you follow all his platforms whether the TV and the online, you will realise that he has wide range of audiences, especially on the online platform where he reaches more people. On a daily basis, he is disseminating information on current affairs, technology information that people should keep abreast of in order to be aware of every day happenings.

“And if you follow him closely, especially on social media, you might not need a better place to get information. Like for me, I don’t go elsewhere to get information; all I do is to go to his platform and read his posts for that day. And that is the level of impact he has been able to the development of the industry. I am personally grateful God for his life and I wish him more fruitful contributions.”

Corroborating, President Nigeria Internet Registration Agency (NiRA) Mohammed Rudman, described Agabi as a catalyst in promoting ICT development in Nigeria.

“He’s a catalyst. He interacts with other key stakeholders to promote ICT development. And he has been organizing events. One of such is the one held in Kano state, which focused on bring people together to see how the spirit of innovation can be instilled in our youths. We congratulate him; he’s doing a fantastic job.”

In his remarks, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Mr Austin Okere said “Bayero was one of the first set of people I knew when we started CWG in Surulere. When we started it was Bayero and his cohorts in the media that made CWG a household name. What he (Bayero) has done to the growth of the ICT industry in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized; he is a pillar and I see him going to greater heights.”

“The ICT sector of the media has actually been doing a fantastic job. And Bayero’sDigiVation has been a leading organization in that area of media service. Everyone knows him and wants to associate with him because of his roles and contributions to the media and ICT sectors. I urge him to continue to do this and continue to bring out the best in the industry,” BiodunOmoniyi, VDT Communications, stated.

The event also saw performances from music artistes such as Holyman, and comedians who thrilled the audience to an exciting night


MEET BAYERO AGABI

DR BAYERO GARBA AGABI

Dr Bayero Agabi is a member of the Presidential Committee on Data Harmonization, member National Broadband Council of the Federal Ministry of Communications and member Senate Cyber Security Expert Advisory Group. Agabi is the Vice President Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and President Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) a Non- Governmental Organisation which is a pan African advocacy organisation promoting sensible use of the internet and the growth of the digital economy.

Founder of the Nigeria women digital agenda forum and Nigeria mobile economy summit and expo he is co founder of the green summit and africa digital HEROES award. Read More

ABOUT DIGIVATION NETWORK:

The show that reflects the new lifestyle dynamics in todays world across all sectors

In a bid to broaden its horizons, infotech network establishes its first-ever converged platform that serves as a unifying platform between the media and entertainment as well as technology industries.

As you may know In today’s technologically–driven world, there is an increased media and entertainment consumption pattern, Leveraging on this gap in order to engage more audiences on a more personal and proactive level. This has birthed a need to establish “DigiVation” a LIFESTYLE show that captures the new realities of tech use, innovation, enterprise and consumption across all levels.

Digivation seek to create a platform for merging interests in both the media, entertainment and tech innovation using ICT, www.digivation.com.ng

With over 48 awards local and international, infotech network cum Digivation Network is Africas only ict business and lifestyle platform to have won UNECA/AISI AWARD TWICE for good content and balanced reporting.

Digivation has TV, RADIO, ONLINE and outreach platforms.

· DIGIVATION TV – covers on a weekly basis business issues, ict and lifestyle.

· DIGIVATION RADIO. Digital news business and lifestyle delivered with music in a very relaxed manner to give listeners complete infotainment.

· DIGIVATION OUTREACH. Design to meet with the industries, stakeholders and policy makers face to face through dialogue and exhibition of ideas and innovation.

The Digivation outreach platform. It brings together music, entertainment and technology usage among the upwardly mobile youth which influences their lifestyle. It is a melting pot for culture, music, business and innovation targeted at inspiring creativity and enterprise at all levels. Part of it is the Digivation School Network design to exhibit innovation in Africa’s ivory towers.

Second one is the Digital innovation summit for business and the creative industries.

The third one is the Africa Digital Agenda for assessing digital issues in Africa with regard to regulation ideas protection policy impact and digital entrepreneurship and projecting into the future. These events are designed for a face to face encounter with the industries across all sectors.

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Or email; digivationtv@gmail.com

AFRICA DIGITAL HEROES AWARD

The award, 20 years in the making, is tagged AFRICA DIGITAL HEROES AWARD. It is designed to celebrate and recognize individuals, organizations, institutions and initiatives that have advanced the Nigerian/African digital space in the past 20 years and a new initiative that is considered iconic in the ICT ecosystem within this period.

These recognition cut across the academia, governance, innovation, creative industry, and more.

This two-in-one event is organized to celebrate 20 years of ICT broadcasting in Nigeria, pioneered by DIGIVATION NETWORK. In 20 years, INFOTECH NETWORK now DIGIVATION has become Africa’s leading ICT programme reaching over 90 million audiences in Nigeria, UK, US, parts of Africa, Europe and the rest of the world via satellite. DIGIVATION NETWORK is the only ICT programme on TV to have won the prestigious UNECA/AISI award twice for local content and over other 60 international and local awards. Read more…

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