West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), the West African technology awards to recognise the region’s leading mobile and tech companies, has announced the shortlisted finalists for its 2016 awards ceremony.
An overwhelming response drew submissions from 10 countries across 3 continents. Entrants (and finalists) run the gamut from exciting mobile industry start-ups pioneering new technologies and services, to established ventures driving progress in the region. Applications were accepted across 10 mobile industry categories including eCommerce, mobile money, entertainment, mobile app, and brand development.
The 2016 WAMAS is supported by Twitter, Ad Dynamo, Mobile West Africa (MWA), AppsAfrica.com, the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), and many other industry-leading organisations and publications. A prestigious judging panel featuring industry experts from Airtel, Opera, iSpace Foundation, and CcHUB worked together to down-select from the many worthy entries and create the shortlist.
The shortlisted finalists by category:
Category: Mobile App and Game Award
Finalists: ASA, PayWithCapture, Flippy Campus, PrepUp, and MOVII Company
Category: Brand Development on Mobile
Finalists: Pepsi Naija, CloseUp Big Win, ShoOwer, The Mobi Hunter, and Omo
Category: Young Gun of the Year Award
Finalists: Timothy Adeleye (Glo Mobile School), Andrew Takyi-Appiah (Zeepay) Olatunde Ayilara (WaraCake), Olugbenga Agboola (PayWithCapture), and Bamal Samuel Aymard (ShoOwer)
Category: Innovation in the Industry Award
Finalists: Opera Max, Pass.ng, Asoriba, Unilever, and mPedigree Goldkeys
Category: Social Entertainment and News Award
Finalists: Sangalo Media, Amebo App, Glo Twitter Voice App, Video Messaging Service, and Cloud Interactive Associates Football
Category: Societal Development Award
Finalists: Esoko, SpellAfrica Initiative, Cellulant E Wallet, Revoda, and U-Report Nigeria
Category: Educational and Personal Development Award
Finalists: Worldreader Mobile, Pass.ng, Spell Africa Initiative, Skademy, and Tuteria
Category: Outstanding Industry Achievement Award
Finalists: Cellulant E Wallet, Opera Mini, Eskimi DSP, Jason Njoku, and Jobberman.com
Category: Commerce and Retail Award
Finalists: Obiwezy, Taja, CommercePointe, PayWithCapture, and Tisu Ghana
Category: Money Banking and Financial
Finalists: Diamond Bank Mobile App, SimplePay, OsusuMobile, Money Tips, and PayWithCapture
All shortlisted companies will be celebrated during an awards gala at Rooftop in Lagos on the evening of April 21st, 2016. The overall category winners will also be announced during the ceremony. For more information, visit the WAMAS website.
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