Okere wins Africa’s patriotic personality award
The founder of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc, Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest systems integration company, Austin Okere has been named Africa’s Patriotic Personality of the year 2016 by the League of African Development Students (LEADS Africa).
The League of African Development Students (LEADS) is the umbrella body for all democratic students unions in Africa. It was founded at the Bayero University, Kano in 1985, with the objectives of sensitizing members on the best development practices and celebrating remarkable personalities on the continent.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, President, LEADS, Oluoha Wilson, observed that Austin Okere, who has won several awards and recognitions this year was considered for the honour because he had played a crucial role in the technology revolution experienced by the continent.
“Austin Okere, alongside his indefatigable team, played a prominent role in the entrenchment of a robust IT-development mandate in Nigeria, pioneering Africa’s quest for development over the years. He is a recipient of the LEADS Merit Award of Outstanding Pan-Africanist patriotism, remarkable Strides in ICT development, selfless and dedicated service to God, humanity and country”, he said.
In reaction to the recognition, Okere appreciated the body for the recognition and dedicated the awards to ‘Young Africans’ that are striving to make an impact in their communities in spite of the apparent restraints imposed on them by their environments.
“Now is time to celebrate the young Africans, and tomorrow’s leaders, as they hone their skills today. If we encourage these aspiring heroes, very soon, their budding efforts will become a mighty wave that will make the Continent the Destination of the very near Future,” he said.