In a digital ceremony held on September 11, Mahmood Ahmadu – founding father of African multi-business IT conglomerate, Online Integrated Solutions (OIS) – was one in all three celebrated enterprise leaders to be introduced the Forbes Better of Africa Award for 2020.
Ahmadu obtained the award in recognition of a number of philanthropic actions he has led and contributed to – in a private capability in addition to via company social duty initiatives. The ceremony was a part of a web-based roundtable supported by the World Philanthropy Community, and can characteristic a keynote deal with by former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Forbes Customized’s Awards Committee has adopted Ahmadu’s outstanding enterprise profession, for some years now. Nonetheless, this award is particularly recognition of his transition, from distinguished African businessman to one of many continent’s most vital philanthropists.
Ahmadu has championed a number of empowering initiatives and social causes, through the years – together with scholarships to China for African college students, mentoring programmes for excellent younger tutorial expertise and contributions to the Diabetes Affiliation – along with a number of on-going donations which have benefitted people and charitable establishments.
A serial entrepreneur, with a penchant for introducing tech-driven improvements to the market, Ahmadu first got here to prominence within the early 80s, as a number one mild amongst earlier pioneers in GSM know-how, in northern Nigeria. Since then his diverse ventures have spanned industries corresponding to mining, actual property, building, agriculture, e-education, e-healthcare, finTech and extra. Ahmadu’s enterprise pursuits at present span throughout 53 international locations and 5 continents.
Ahmadu has beforehand been the recipient of a number of nationwide and worldwide awards – together with UK’s first Empowering Communities Award, the Nigerian Financial Growth Award 2016, Officer of the Order Of Niger Award, and extra. Thanking Forbes for his or her recognition of his dedication to social causes, he reiterated his dedication to proceed making a constructive affect on African communities.
A proponent of using know-how to empower people, Ahmadu is a enterprise chief engaged on ushering in a way forward for democratised, fast and quick access to mission-critical providers. His entrepreneurial journey is entwined with the bigger imaginative and prescient of making state-of-the-art infrastructure for African governments, communities and people.