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BoICT 2015: Openshopen.ng is eCommerce platform of the year



The electronic commerce (ecommerce) platform, Openshopen.ng from the Computer Warehouse Group Plc was proclaimed the ecommerce platform of the year at the 2015 Beacon of Information and Communication Technology (BoICT) awards in Lagos, recently, reports ITRealms.

Openshopen.ng, ITRealms also reports, won the award after having the highest number of votes in the said category based on an online poll that featured over two hundred thousand entries via email and on the awards electronic voting portal.

Speaking on the credibility of the process, the Chairman of the event and Chief Executive Officer, Zinox Technologies limited, Chief Leo Stan Ekeh observed “I know that those that won the awards tonight deserved them because I can confidently say that the publisher, whom I know very well, is a man of integrity and he will give you what you deserve.”

Presenting the award, Mr. Chris Uwaje, former President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), observed that CWG Plc is known for rolling out IT solutions that are remarkable for standard, customer satisfaction and reliability. “Once again, CWG, with Openshopen has shown us that indigenous IT firms have the capacity to provide the needed back-up for our growing economy”, he added.

Speaking on the significance of the award, Mr. Austin Okere, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc, said “Winning the award of the ecommerce platform of the year in just less than one year of introducing our solution to the Nigerian market speaks volume of the unique value Openshopen offers to SMEs and how they have come to appreciate it”. “Our ecommerce platform has the capacity to support over 100 million stores. It offers businesses the advantage of building and promoting their own brands rather than just dumping their goods and their fates in the hands of third parties, whose brands they are invariably promoting. By displaying their goods online, entrepreneurs significantly increase their sales, thereby creating jobs and ensuring inclusive growth for the economy”, he pointed out.

Openshopen is an ecommerce platform that enables SMEs sell their products online by opening an online store on www.openshopen.ng. It differs from other online shopping platforms, in that it allows merchants sell directly to buyers and have the privilege of promoting their brands, unlike other platforms that require merchants to submit their wares for sale. With Openshopen, store owners can sell their products and receive payments, from any location and are guaranteed of uninterrupted uptime. Merchants have also commended the flexibility of the platform which allows them to open and manage their store with relative ease. 

Six years since inception, the BoICT awards ceremony has been an annual convergence of key players in the ICT industry and a platform to review the strides of the industry in the preceding year and set a benchmark for recognizing and validating achievements in the year ahead. 

Some of the personalities at this year’s event include Chief Leo Stan-Ekeh; Mr. Chris Uwaje, former President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON); Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, the former president of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG); Mr. Soni Irabor, CEO Inspiration FM and Mr. Peter Bankole, Director of Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University among others.


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Pix R-L: Success Nmerife, Head Marketing Communications, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, receiving the ecommerce platform of the year award from Mr. Chris Uwaje,immediate past  President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) at the BoICT awards held in Lagos

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