The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, has been recognised and honoured as the African Information Technology ICON of 2022 by the African Achievers Awards Summit held in London, United Kingdom.
Receiving the award during the 12th edition of the summit with the theme: “Sustainable Development in Africa: through innovation, preservation and green energy, Abdullahi expressed pleasure at being recognised.
“I am deeply honoured to know that my modest leadership style and achievements are worthy of such an important award.
“My nomination has filled me with a strong sense of pride and I would like to thank you and the entire awards’ committee for this singular honour. I fully understand the responsibilities of this award and look forward to upholding the standard of your honour,” he added.
The African Achievers Award, rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in Africa, has consistently honoured great African achievers over the years – from African leaders, young achievers, community builders to captains of industries across the continent. Some past honourees include late Arch. Bishop Desmond Tutu, former AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former president of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, deputy secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Dr Josephine Ojiambo; Former chairperson of the Zimbabwe Chambers of Commerce, Divine Ndikhuluka; Former president of Ghana, Late Prof Attah Mills; Co-founder of the Black History Month, Paricia Lamor; Chairman and founder of Channels Television, Chief John Momoh, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation and the African Development Bank (AFDB).
The awards ceremony has fast become one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African achievers on the continent.