GAGE award unveils academy of judges for 2021 edition

The GAGE Awards has officially unveiled its academy of judges for the second edition themed ‘Year of the Digital Takeover’.

The GAGE Awards has become a standard for recognizing and rewarding outstanding digital work on the African continent.

“We have gone through great length to get this collection of individuals to help select the best of some of the most technical categories in this year’s GAGE Awards,” Johnson Anorh, Convener of the GAGE Awards said.

“It has been a very interesting year in the tech space, especially now that the world has learned to depend on digital technology due to the pandemic. The GAGE Awards ‘21 is meant to set the standard for digital not just in Nigeria but in Africa,” Anorh said.

“We understand the importance of bringing on board distinguished men and women who are not just technocrats but also passionate men and women who love the growth of the digital space in Africa,” he added.

He noted passion for growth was a key factor in selecting the judges. “We are very confident about the value of their involvement with the GAGE Awards brand and can’t wait for how the nominations and voting will play out.”

In a recent release by the organizers in Lagos, the convener of the GAGE Awards reeled out the names of the judges who made the list for the 2021 edition to include; Adebola Akindele, GMD Courteville Business Solutions, Chizor Malize, MD/CEO, Financial Institution Training Centre (FITC), Moritz Boullenger, CEO Pulse Nigeria, Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, CEO, Future Software Limited, committee chair, Funding Framework for the Nigerian Technology Sector and non-executive director Stanbic IBTC.

Others are, Lanre Adisa, CEO Noah’ s Ark, Mai Atafo, CEO Mai Atafo Inspired, Gil Kemami, MD/CEO BBDO MediaEdge Kenya, Modupe Adefeso-Olateju, managing director, Uzoma Dozie, founder/CEO Sparkle, Banke Alawaye, CTO, aCubed Limited, Adeola Olubamiji, founder STEMHub Foundation, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, founder/CEO Zapphaire Events, and Kelechi Mbah, founding MD/CEO ServiceDesk among others.

Experts in the industry have expressed excitement at the second edition based on the credibility of the process and the dire need to encourage outstanding digital innovations in the Nigerian ecosystem.

The experts believe this will facilitate innovation and growth in the African digital space.

The 2021 academy of judges boasts of a stellar cast of individuals who have a proven track record of success and achievements in their various fields of endeavor.

It would be recalled that the GAGE Awards 2021 recently opened up its nominations portal to Nigerians to select their digital heroes who have made their lives simpler especially in the grim year of the pandemic.

Some of the categories up for nominations include; Banking App of the Year, Breakout App of the Year, Best Digital Financial Platform, Online Comedian of the Year, Tech Entrepreneur of the Year, Digital Artiste of the Year, Website of the Year, Influencer of the Year, Social Movement of the Year, and Influencer of the Year among others.

The GAGE Awards ‘21 comes with the introduction of a new category – GAGE Star of the Year. This category celebrates the individual or group who took the Internet by storm for the year under review.

The GAGE Awards celebrates the best of Internet in Africa with a spotlight on individuals, influencers, commerce, brands, and entertainers for their outstanding activities and contribution to the digital ecosystem annually. The 2021 edition is scheduled to take place in April 2021.