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The 2016 shortlisted finalists for the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), the first truly West African technology awards to recognise the region’s leading mobile and tech companies, have been announced .

According to the organizers,An overwhelming response drew submissions from 10 countries across 3 continents. Entrants (and finalists) run the gamut from exciting mobile industry start-ups pioneering new technologies and services, to established ventures driving progress in the region.

The 2016 WAMAS are supported by Twitter, Ad Dynamo, Mobile West Africa (MWA), AppsAfrica.com, the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), and many other industry-leading organisations and publications.

Applications were accepted across 10 mobile industry categories including eCommerce, mobile money, entertainment, mobile app, and brand development.

A prestigious judging panel featuring industry experts from Airtel, Opera, iSpace Foundation, and CcHUB worked together to down-select from the many worthy entries and create the shortlist.

The shortlisted finalists by category:

Mobile App & Game Award

ASA, PayWithCapture, Flippy Campus, PrepUp, and MOVII Company

Brand Development on Mobile

Pepsi Naija, CloseUp Big Win, ShoOwer, The Mobi Hunter, and Omo

Young Gun of the Year Award

Timothy Adeleye (Glo Mobile School), Andrew Takyi-Appiah (Zeepay) Olatunde Ayilara (WaraCake), Olugbenga Agboola (PayWithCapture), and Bamal Samuel Aymard (ShoOwer)

Innovation in the Industry Award

Opera Max, Pass.ng, Asoriba, Unilever, and mPedigree Goldkeys

Social Entertainment & News Award

Sangalo Media, Amebo App, Glo Twitter Voice App, Video Messaging Service, and Cloud Interactive Associates Football

Societal Development Award

Esoko, SpellAfrica Initiative, Cellulant E Wallet, Revoda, and U-Report Nigeria

Educational & Personal Development Award

Worldreader Mobile, Pass.ng, Spell Africa Initiative, Skademy, and Tuteria

Outstanding Industry Achievement Award

Cellulant E Wallet, Opera Mini, Eskimi DSP, Jason Njoku, and Jobberman.com

Commerce & Retail Award

Obiwezy, Taja, CommercePointe, PayWithCapture, and Tisu Ghana

Money Banking & Financial

Diamond Bank Mobile App, SimplePay, OsusuMobile, Money Tips, and PayWithCapture

All shortlisted companies will be celebrated during an awards gala at Rooftop in Lagos on the evening of April 21st. The overall category winners will also be announced during the ceremony.

 

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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