GAGE Awards 2020 enters voting stage

The stage is getting set for the maiden edition of the GAGE Awards, an event that is pioneering Africa’s biggest gathering of internet stars, as the award is entering the voting stage on January 16, 2020.

Announcing the commencement of voting in Lagos, the Chief Administrator of the awards, Johnson Anorh, disclosed that the organisers had opened its website for voting to take off this Thursday.

According to him, GAGE Awards seeks to celebrate and spotlight the best individuals, brands or groups who have enriched lives in 2019 by leveraging the power of digital. Those, he said, are using digital to simplify our lives. The awards will recognise, celebrate, reward and amplify the eventual winners’ outstanding activities and contributions to the digital ecosystem in the out gone year (2019).

In his words: “After a rigorous nomination stage which allowed nominations from the public, over 1500 entries were received on the GAGE website for all 24 categories. The nominations in all categories have been pruned down to a maximum of 5.”

Anorh further disclosed that a careful review was done by the GAGE Awards Independent Audit Committee and its Audit Partners, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PWC, the renowned global audit firm.

He added that there are also audience choice categories which will be solely determined by the audience and that each of such categories had been reduced to the top 5, based on the highest number of entries received.

The Administrator exultantly disclosed that some categories received entries from other African countries, adding that there are some interesting nominees in some categories such as the Banking App of the Year which include (in no particular order) United Bank for Africa, Zenith Bank, Keystone Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank and Access Bank.

Another interesting category, he said, is Best Data Service Provider which, according to him, would be a fierce battle among the mobile giants, including MTN, Airtel, Glo, Swift and 9mobile; while Breakout App of the Year has Opay, Gokada, Jumia Food, Piggyvest and Boomplay in a keenly contested category.

The voting, as the organisers stated, would be opened on the GAGE Awards website from the 16th of January to the 9th of February, 2020.

It would be recalled that the GAGE Awards is a comprehensive celebration of individuals and brands who have done astonishingly well by leveraging the power of the internet to make life simpler and better. Poised to celebrate digital excellence, the GAGE Awards comes in 5 key areas: Innovation, Information, Inspiration, Entertainment and Commerce.

This maiden edition will celebrate excellence in 24 categories with 5 audience choice categories, which will be judged simply by the highest number of votes from the public.

The categories include Online comedian of the Year, Banking App of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Breakout App of the Year and Best Data Service Provider of the year.

The Organisers believe that for the African digital space to grow like its counterparts in other parts of the world, it is imperative that a recognition platform such as the GAGE Awards is created as it will set a standard that will fast track the pace of development already happening and inspire new talents.

The maiden edition will take place on February 22, 2020 at the EKO Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.


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