Engineer Mrs Florence Omatule Seriki, the tech amazon who founded Omatek Computers, one of the few original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in Nigeria, has died.
Several credible sources including former Mr Oluyomi Soyinka, former Group General Manager of the tech company announced the demise of Mrs Seriki, who was said to have lost a well-fought battle against cancer.
“You were a pioneer and a path finder. You were indeed a warrior, a colossus! You were a dynamite, small in stature but of great influence, ability and capability. You were an institution, so many people learnt from you, I did”, Soyinka says in a Facebook eulogy to Mrs Seriki, who until her passing away at the weekend was Group Managing Director and CEO of the technology company, Omatek.
Mrs Seriki was President of Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), an industry association of over 350 Information Technology driven companies in Nigeria founded in 1991 to promote IT literacy and penetration in Nigeria; and to promote members’ interest in the area of trade, public policy formulation and negotiations with government on IT policy matters.
A trailblazer in the world of technology in Nigeria, Mrs Seriki’s Omatek Computers Limited takes credit for being the first factory to locally assemble computer cases, speakers, keyboards and mouse, other than computer systems and notebooks in the whole of Africa.
“The assembling of these components in this factory has created a great advantage to other systems builders as well as resellers all over Africa for retailing”, according to a statement on the company’s website.