Nigeria’s technology thinkers and doers were recognised and awarded for their exceptional work at this year’s The Future Awards, an event that has become the most influential youth award held in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
The awards for Best Use of New Media, Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology), and Innovator of the Year (Science & Technology), were awarded to three of the technology industry’s best young achievers.
Gidi Traffic, the once mysterious Twitterer of traffic updates in the Lagos metropolis who introduced himself to the BBC as Kaptin Idoko last year won the Best Use of New Media Award at The Future Awards 2012 for his constant and endless stream of traffic updates, which has earned him (or his Twitter handle) a crowd of devoted followers (about 30,000) who religiously depend on him to keep them apprised of the situation on the bustling city’s busy roads.
The Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology) was awarded to Jason Njoku, the man who brought Nollywood movies online and making it accessible across multiple digital and mobile platforms for a huge audience globally.
Not so popular technology entrepreneur, Seun Onigbinde won the Innovator of the Year (Science & Technology) award for creating a platform called BudgIT that curates and breaks down government budget allocations in its simplest form.
In its seventh year, The Future Awards described by the World Bank as “The Nobel Prize for Young Africans” identifies young people who have excelled and inspired others in their work and showcases them as role models to inspire a generation of Africans to believe in themselves and the future of their countries.