MTN, Nigeria’s largest mobile telecoms operator, Nengi, Josh2Funny among others have emerged winners of various categories at the GAGE 2021 awards.
The award which has top influencers, comedians, fintech, and stars of Internet Africa was held virtually to celebrate the great feats achieved by individuals and brands that have made great impacts on the continent.
“The GAGE awards relevance in helping to drive innovation and growth in the digital economy as we now know it has become ever so obvious,” said Johnson Anorh, convener of the awards in a statement.
“The whole world was in a pandemic-induced lockdown and we saw how we depended on the digital space to continue to drive the economy and maintain some level of sanity. It was like we fast-tracked into the future, especially in this part of the world,” Anorh said.
He explained that the awards have helped in spotlighting businesses, organizations, and individuals who were innovative in the use of technology to solve societal problems, especially in 2020.
“Problems are diverse as commerce, social interaction, and mental health. So, we have categories that cover fintech, marketing, entertainment among others. The whole idea is to help raise standards so that life will be simpler and better for consumers of these technologies,” he said.
Big winners emerged in different categories as Nengi Hampson beat Erica Nlewedim, Pamilerin Adegoke, Aisha Yesuf, and Tomike Adeoye to become Africa’s best Influencer of 2020/21. This category was determined by public nominations and votes.
MTN Nigeria won the Data Service Provider of the Year category in a tight battle of the data kings. This category was an audience choice category and MTN can be proud of themselves as the people’s choice, wrestling away the crown from Airtel who were defending the title they won last year.
The Big Brother Naija Lockdown star has been a huge internet sensation as an Influencer since she left the BBNaija lockdown house bagging numerous endorsement deals with top brands. She has developed a cult following among Nigerians and other parts of the world.
The Banking App of the Year was a stiff competition among top banks GTBank, Access Bank, VBank, Alat by Wema, and Zenith Bank. Vbank emerged winner in that category. It came as a surprise defeating the already established traditional banks to it.
The highly coveted crown of the Online Comedian of the Year category was awarded to Mr. Macaroni, who beating Taaoma and a host of others. He has shown a lot of consistency with his ‘Sugar Daddy’ character which has brought joy to Nigerians.
Ndani Tv won the Content Creator of the Year; Fishbone the movie emerged as the Online Film and Documentary of the Year; RED Tv’s series ‘The Men’s Club’ came tops in the Webseries of the Year.
DSTV Nigeria website won the Website of the Year among four other outstanding websites; The podcast ‘I Said What I Said’ won the Podcast of the Year category; Nairametrics picked up the Blog of the Year among other top blogs.
High-end mobile phone brand, Oppo, won the Online Campaign of the Year with their #ShotOnOppo campaign which not only engaged the audience in 2020 but also met the brand marketing objectives. AriseTv News Online took away the Online News Platform of the Year for 2020/21.
One of the biggest awards on the night was the GAGE STAR Award which celebrates the most outstanding digital mind who revolutionized the digital space with an interesting innovation that made life easier and simpler in the Year 2020/21. Online Comic Act Josh2FUNNY made history by becoming the first-ever GAGE STAR Award winner. His ingenious idea
#Dontleavemechallenge went viral beyond the shores of Africa to become a global phenomenon. It brought joy to many in the grim year of the pandemic across the World. He is deserving of this recognition.
It will be recalled that this is the second edition of the GAGE Awards. It is a comprehensive celebration of individuals, groups, and brands that have impacted lives by making life easier and better for all. GAGE Awards has been consistent in facilitating growth, driving innovation, and attracting new talents to the digital space.