Florence Seriki | Grief envelopes Omatek amid Founder’s death

Florence Seriki | Grief envelopes Omatek amid Founder’s death

Florence Seriki | Grief envelopes Omatek amid Founder’s death

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Omatek Computers, the Nigerian computer maker, has been thrown into grief following the sudden death at the weekend of its founder, Mrs Florence Omatule Seriki.

Technology Times today visited the Lagos head office of the Nigerian tech company where Nigerians from all walks of life have started trooping into Omatek to express their condolences over the death of its Founder, who until her death was also Group Managing Director and CEO.

People seen today as operations was suspended at Omatek Computers Limited, the Nigerian tech company that Mrs Florence Seriki started about over 25 years ago
People seen today as operations was suspended at Omatek Computers Limited, the Nigerian tech company that Mrs Florence Seriki started over 25 years ago

Today, Monday, March 3, 2017, the Nigerian ICT industry was also thrown into mourning following news that Mrs Florence Seriki, the female Engineer and tech icon, who founded Nigeria’s Omatek Computers, has died.

Nwabokei, who later spoke exclusively with Technology Times says that contrary to what have been reported by the media, Mrs Seriki, his late boss, has been battling with several complications in the last few weeks arising from what was believed to be ulcer and not cancer.

Mrs Seriki who  died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has been reported to have died of cancer of the pancreas.

But that came as a shock for many  that the iconic tech company CEO has been battling with cancer for sometime now ,considering her active participation in public life and service to the Nigerian tech industry.

Technology Times file photo shows Late Mrs Florence Seriki, Founder Omatek Computers, at a tech event in Lagos

At the Oregun, where the Omatek head office is sited, Technology Times sighted several industry stakeholders, friends and sympathizers who had come to pay condolence visit at Nigerian tech firm.

Daily operational routine at Omatek was suspended when we visited but Mr Emmanuel Nwabokei, Group Head of Corporate Services at Omatek  was at the foyer to receive sympathizers who have trooped in to pay their last respect.

A condolence register seen today at Omatek Computers office in Lagos, opened for Late Mrs Florence Seriki, Founder and Group Managing Director/CEO of Omatek Computers

While addressing some of the sympathizers,  Nwabokei  says ”what will however be difficult to appreciate is the vacuum she has left behind. Because, she was undeniably one of the best  talents to have  graced the Nigerian ICT sector.”

Operation was shut down at the Oregun Office of Omatek computers to mourn the demise of the Founder of the tech company

Nwabokei, who later spoke exclusively with Technology Times says that contrary to what have been reported by the media, Mrs Seriki, his late boss, has been battling with several complications in the last few weeks arising from what was believed to be ulcer and not cancer.

According to him,  her  health challenge has been adequately managed by both local and international specialist,  but unfortunately she gave up the ghost.

Mr Emmanuel Nwabokei, Group Head of Corporate Services at Omatek says his boss didn’t die of cancer

Mr Nwabokei, believes that Mrs Seriki  will live long in the memories of those who were privileged to know her as a diligent professional, a public-spirited and forthright entrepreneur.

Mrs Florence Seriki, seen second right in photo, during the presentation of Omatek laptop to then President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja in this photo shared on Facebook by Mr Oluyomi Soyinka, former Group General Manager of Omatek
Mrs Florence Seriki, seen second right in photo, during the presentation of Omatek laptop to then President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja in this photo shared on Facebook by Mr Oluyomi Soyinka, former Group General Manager of Omatek

He considers her contributions to nation-building while she served as President of Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), particularly invaluable.

When asked about the next line of action for the tech company Mr Nwabokei said ”we are still mourning the death of my boss but the Board of Directors will meet later in the week to chart the way forward”

Some of the sympathizers seen today at Omatek Computers in Oregun, Lagos to commisserate on the death of Late Mrs Florence Seriki, Founder of Omatek Computers

Profile of Late Engineer Mrs Florence Omatule Seriki

Florence Seriki is founder and CEO of Omatek Ventures Plc, the Nigerian tech company she founded about 25 years ago.

She served as a Director of Omatek Ventures Plc and has been a Non-Executive Director of Vitafoam Nigeria Plc since October 1, 2009.

She is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers; Nigerian Computers Society (NCS) and the Institute of Directors. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).

Mr Emmanuel Nwabokei, Group Head of Corporate Services at Omatek, seen left in photo while speaking exclusively to Mr Kolade Akinola of Technology Times says her boss didn’t die of cancer

Mrs Seriki is also recipient of one of Nigeria’s highest national honours; to wit she is a Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of her selfless service to her motherland.

Omatek Ventures Plc consists of the following subsidiaries: Omatek Computers Limited which pioneered Completely Knocked Down (CKD) factories involved in the production of computers, notebooks, casings and speakers; Omatek Engineering Services Subsidiary which offers ERP Solutions including Information Security Management services.

Operations was suspended at Omatek Computers Limited, the Nigerian tech company that Mrs Florence Seriki started about over 25 years ago
Operations was suspended at Omatek Computers Limited, the Nigerian tech company that Mrs Florence Seriki started over 25 years ago

Omatek Computers Limited has CKD factories in Nigeria and Ghana involved in the local production of computers, notebooks, casings and speakers from Completely Knocked Down Processes, according to the company.

Omatek Computers Limited  is first to win the Microsoft Best Systems Builders Award 2005 for Central, West and East Africa in 2005

Seriki is populalry credited as Nigeria’s IT amazon and has over a 150 national and international recognition awards.

She has led Omatek in the last 25 years to become Nigeria’s only publicly quoted computer company and helped to create massive  Local Youth Employment/Empowerment in the technology industry and has enabled technology transfer and increase in Local Content in the Nigerian ICT industry.

As  a believer in Local Content Development in the ICT sector Mrs Seriki has led Omatek Ventures Plc to partner with other private sector players and academic institutions on Research & Development to “ensure that the benefits of new technologies, especially ICT are available to all.”

As  a believer in Local Content Development in the ICT sector Mrs Seriki has led Omatek Ventures Plc to partner with other private sector players and academic institutions on Research & Development to “ensure that the benefits of new technologies, especially ICT are available to all.”

Engineer Mrs Florence Omatule Seriki, the tech amazon who founded Omatek Computers, one of the few original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in Nigeria, has died.
Engineer Mrs Florence Omatule Seriki, the tech amazon who founded Omatek Computers, one of the few original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in Nigeria, has died.

This has resulted in the establishment of Omatek Resource Centres across several universities and higher institutions to provide hands-on experience for undergraduates.

Seriki is the chairperson of the Electronic and Telecommunications group of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, and a member the Nigerian National Information Technology Advisory Committee.

She is a member of the Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, south west Nigeria.

Until her death she was the President of the 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

Kolade Akinola Technology Journalist at Technology Times Mobile: + 234 (0) 807 401 6027

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