Yesterday, I was pointed to an awards site that had listed me as one of the nominees for the Nigeria Youth Merit Award in the ICT category.

At first, I said to myself, ‘Nah, there’s no way I can win this one’. Who I’m I in the ICT space? Even my tweet concurred with my thoughts.

On second thought, I tweeted:

Looking for a campaign manager! Interested? Apply @loyokezie :D

Was I serious?

Of course not! I’m just a ‘blogger’ in the tech space and haven’t really built any tech product or service that I should be proud of.

Is my technology blog, a tech product? Not sure, but perhaps more of an information product.

But have I catalysed the tech space in Nigeria, in some way? Some would agree, while others would vehemently disagree.

So why was I nominated, anyway? Not sure, but I’m guessing that those that nominated me felt that I’ve made some outstanding achievements within the tech media industry. [Thanks guys! ;-) ]

Not necessarily because I’ve launched a technology information product, but perhaps because of my role within the space helping tech startups get attention both locally and globally.

Yes, I founded the first technology blog dedicated to profiling and reviewing startups in Nigeria.

But hey, do I think I’ll win the award?

Not a chance I’ll win!

Just see the image below:

Image of online votes so far for the NYMA for ICT as captured on 6th of November, 2011 at 10:47am.

So why I can’t win the Nigeria Youth Merit Award for ICT?

For at least three reasons:

  1. I’m just a blogger in the tech space
  2. I haven’t built a tech product or service worth mentioning
  3. I’m nominated amongst a great list of techies that have something to show for their nominations

That said, here are my three favourites to win the award:

  1. Temitope Omotunde, who built the Afrinolly app, a Nollywood content mobile app.
  2. Zubair Abubakar, who developed the first Blackberry app for the Nigerian Constitution.
  3. Opeyemi Awoyemi, the tech god behind Jobberman, Nigeria’s leading job portal.

So now we know that I can’t possibly win this one, amidst these techies, at least I’ll appreciate a single vote from anyone, as no one seems to have voted for me yet :-)

So will you vote for me? Here’s the link.

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3 Responses to Why I can’t win the Nigeria Youth Merit Award for ICT

  1. jay baba says:

    Yomi Adegboye is not on the list. Why?

  2. Jovie Onyema says:

    wow!! there's a lot of names there! i'm hoping to be on that list soon :)

  3. Uti Clinton says:

    Thumbs up to all the Nigerians Nominated for the award, but Opeyemi Awoyemi, is my favourite and I think He is going to win He has all the proofs and quality for that, I remember watching Him last year.. On Tv(Mnet West Africa) in the program Moments with Mo. Were he was the awarded by Mo Abudu as of the 2nd High Flyer in business among youths.

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