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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Agabi emerges ICT broadcaster of the decade

Nigerian foremost Information and Communication Technology (ICT) broadcaster, Mr. Bayero Agabi, has emerged the broadcaster of the decade at the just concluded African Digital Awards 2010.

This, organisers said is for his contributions using broadcasting to promote ICT in the past decade.

Commenting on the award, Bayero who has carved a niche for himself in the area of ICT reportage in Africa expressed appreciation to ICT Watch Africa, the organizers of the recognition.

Agabi said he was thrilled by the award because he bagged it when Nigeria celebrated 50 years of nationhood. Bayero Agabi a pan African ICT for development promoter remained the only African journalist to have won the prestigious UNEC/AISI media award twice, in addition to over twenty three awards both local and international in over a decade.

A pioneer of ICT on television in West Africa, Agabi is the executive director of Knowhow Media and president Tribe Media Company, owners and operators of tribe tv, cyber Africa magazine, ait infotech network and tribe times international magazine.

Presenting the prize to Bayero, former president, Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and chief executive officer, Teledom Group, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, described Bayero Agabi, as the most professional and competent ICT journalist he has met in the past ten years.

According to a citation read at the event, Agabi who also is the managing editor, Tribe Times Magazine, a print medium used to promote Africanity, celebrates the richness of African tribes, her people in Diaspora with distinguishing landmarks the world over. Just as publishes Cyber Africa magazine and anchor cum produce Cyber Africa on TV magazine at the Africa Independent Television Network.

Both of which x-rays the development, trends and happenings in the ICT world in Nigeria and beyond with a view to ‘’Connecting Africa with the New Age’’.

Agabi’s journalism career spanned through over a decade. Starting as a film editor with Channels Television in 1993, Bayero has risen to become Nigeria’s leading ICT broadcast journalist since joining Africa Independent Television AIT in 1997, where he coordinated various political programmes that dared the military dictators at that time.

Currently, he lays claims to over 26 awards achieved both locally and internationally for promoting ICT development in the region, including the Africa Information Society Initiative / GTZ Media Award for TV (2005) , International Foundation For Excellence (IFEX) Award [Excellent Performance Award (2002)], Award of Excellence (2005), RIMA Foundation Award For News Media TV Station 2008, National campaign towards mass Computer/ IT [Award of Honour For Outstanding Contribution to ICT Reporting in Nigeria (2006)], Best ICT Reporter of the year (Electronic) 2003, IT Reporting media of the year 2009 (Electronic)], ATCON National Telecom Merit award (2004);

He was named the Most Outstanding ICT Editor of the decade -electronic, 2010; TV Video category Award 2007, 2007 AISI (African Information Society Initiative ) GKP Media Award for TV / Video, Best IT Reporter of the year 2009, Best Software / IT Reporter Electronic, Media (Radio) 2001.

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