Adenuga, Glo sweep stakes at Nigeria Telecoms Award

One of Africa’s most prominent entrepreneurs and Chairman of Nigeria-based telecom provider, Mike Adenuga, has bagged the award of the ‘Telecom Investor of the Decade’ at the 10th edition of the annual Nigerian Telecom Awards held in Lagos on Saturday.
Glo Mobile and Glo 1, two of Adenuga’s companies in the telecom sector, also swept a total of three awards in various categories, namely ‘Best Telecom Operator of the Year- Data’, ‘Most Innovative Telecom Operator of the Year’ and ‘Best Submarine Company of the Year’.

The awards coincided with the re-emergence of Globacom as the second largest telecommunications operator in Nigeria, according to the latest figures released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The ‘Telecom Investor of the Decade’ award was the highpoint of the well attended ceremony and was physically presented by the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Telecom Awards, Alex Akinyele, and the Vice Chairman and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

The award was received on Adenuga’s behalf by the Director of Mike Adenuga Group, Niyi Adewunmi.

According to the organizers, Adenuga was nominated on account of his “immense contributions to the growth of the telecommunications sector in the country,” and was unanimously adjudged to take the award by a panel of assessors and judges.

The organisers said no single investor in Africa has invested more in telecoms in the continent than Adenuga.

The organisers further stated that Adenuga merited the special award “due to the great sacrifice he made to ensure the re-invention of the country’s telecoms industry. They described him as an astute, world-class business expert with worldwide business interests and one of the biggest employers of labour in Nigeria.

On the award of the ‘Best Telecom Operator (Data)’ given to Glo Mobile, the organisers explained that the company is the only integrated network that boasts of a transnational cable backbone, Glo 1. “Today, the multi-million dollar facility and the network’s nationwide optic fibre cable have enabled Globacom to offer the most cost-effective and reliable internet,” the citation read.

The organisers said the award of the ‘Most Innovative Telecom Company of the Year’ given to Glo Mobile was well deserved on account of an array of the novel products and services the company has introduced in the last one year. They said the company has kept up with the tradition it established at inception with the introduction of per second billing when other operators said it was not possible.

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