Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., Globacom Chairman was weekend, awarded the ‘Telecom Investor of the Decade’ at the 10th annual Nigerian Telecom Awards held in Lagos.
Glo Mobile and Glo 1 also scooped three awards in the categories of ‘Best Telecom Operator of the Year- Data’ (Glo Mobile), ‘Most Innovative Telecom Operator of the Year’ (Glo Mobile), and ‘Best Submarine Company of the Year’ (Glo 1).
The awards are coming on the heels of 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, which was received on behalf of the Globacom chairman by Niyi Adewunmi, Director, Mike Adenuga Group was presented by Chief Alex Akinyele, Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Telecom Awards and Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Vice Chairman and former Governor of Ogun State.
According to the organisers, Adenuga was nominated on account of his “immense contributions to the growth of the telecommunications sector in the country” and was unanimously adjudged winner 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 organizers 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 had introduced in the last one year.