The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), organisers of National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA) yesterday recognised Mr. Austin Kwesi Okere, Group CEO of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) as IT Personality of the Year 2014 in Nigeria.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]”From an initial turnover of N1.3 million, CWG now has a turnover of about N16 billion and staff strength of about 550.”[/blockquote]
The annual awards was conceived by NCS to recognise those who are making true difference by their contributions either directly or indirectly in increasing Nigerian contents in ICT products and services in the emerging market, the technology body said.
Okere, who has contributed immensely to the growth of ICT in the country, especially ICT, hardware, software, Internet, IT Education, IT Security and Telecommunications, was recognised in that capacity by NCS.
Segun Akano, MD of Upperlink Limited; Collins Onuegbu, EVC of Signal Alliance and Aniekan Donald Etiebet, MD/CEO, Data Sciences Nigeria Limied, were also nominated for the prestigious award.
Okere’s achievement has been replicated in various Entrepreneurship Development Centres and Business Schools in Nigeria, US, Tanzania, Kenya, among other countries.
BIOGRAPHY OF AUSTIN OKERE
Austin Okere is the Managing Director/CEO of Computer Warehouse Group Limited, one of the fastest growing ICT companies in Africa. He graduated from the University of Lagos in 1986 with B.Sc. (second upper division) in Computer Sciences, and also an Executive MBA from the International Graduate School of Management (IESE), Spain, after a preparatory period at the Lagos Business School, 1998.
He founded Computer Warehouse Group Limited in September, 1992. He has had 23 years industry experience, covering roles in Systems Analysis, Sales & Marketing, and Corporate Management, with 20 years as Founder and CEO of the Computer Warehouse Group Limited.
His company, Computer Warehouse Group has grown over the years from just a computer hardware supply company to an integrated ICT Group consisting of three companies, Computer Warehouse Ltd, providing hardware and infrastructure solutions; DCC Networks Systems, providing communications and networking solutions, and ExpertEdge Software – systems applications and deployment.
From an initial turnover of N1.3 million, CWG now has a turnover of about N16 billion and staff strength of about 550.
Mr Okere is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria and has served in many other professional bodies including Frontier 100 (Initiative for Global Development IGD), Nigeria-South Africa Chamber, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and Nigerian Computer Society (NCS).
His hobbies include tennis, swimming, reading, and watching movies. Above all, motivating younger ones and inspiring them to a fuller life.