The 2016 shortlisted finalists for the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), the first truly West African technology awards to recognise the region’s leading mobile and tech companies, have been announced today.
The event is supported by Mobile West Africa (MWA), AppsAfrica.com, and the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), with winners to be announced at a gala in Lagos, Nigeria on April 21.
Applications opened in February, with submissions coming from 10 countries across three continents in 10 mobile industry categories, including e-commerce, mobile money, entertainment, mobile app, and brand development.
A prestigious judging panel featuring industry experts from Opera, iSpace Foundation, and CcHub worked together to down-select from the many worthy entries and create the shortlist.
The shortlisted finalists by category:
Mobile App & Game Award
ASA, PayWithCapture, Flippy Campus, PrepUp, and MOVII Company
Brand Development on Mobile
Pepsi Naija, CloseUp Big Win, ShoOwer, The Mobi Hunter, and Omo
Young Gun of the Year Award
Timothy Adeleye (Glo Mobile School), Andrew Takyi-Appiah (Zeepay) Olatunde Ayilara (WaraCake), Olugbenga Agboola (PayWithCapture), and Bamal Samuel Aymard (ShoOwer)
Innovation in the Industry Award
Opera Max, Pass.ng, Asoriba, Unilever, and mPedigree Goldkeys
Social Entertainment & News Award
Sangalo Media, Amebo App, Glo Twitter Voice App, Video Messaging Service, and Cloud Interactive Associates Football
Societal Development Award
Esoko, SpellAfrica Initiative, Cellulant E Wallet, Revoda, and U-Report Nigeria
Educational & Personal Development Award
Worldreader Mobile, Pass.ng, Spell Africa Initiative, Skademy, and Tuteria
Outstanding Industry Achievement Award
Cellulant E Wallet, Opera Mini, Eskimi DSP, Jason Njoku, and Jobberman.com
Commerce & Retail Award
Obiwezy, Taja, CommercePointe, PayWithCapture, and Tisu Ghana
Money Banking & Financial
Diamond Bank Mobile App, SimplePay, OsusuMobile, Money Tips, and PayWithCapture