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Roland Agambire named among top six Africa ICT newsmakers in 2012

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Roland AgambireGlobal ICT news publisher, ictcatalogue.com, has listed the Chairman of Rlg Communications Group, Mr Roland Agambire, among the top six ICT newsmakers in Africa.

The publication described the six as the “movers and shakers of the industry who continue to influence and impact the broader African Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in a big way. Their actions have made others sit up and take notice … they are the ‘headline grabbers”.

ictcatalogue.com regularly puts together a list of people who continue to exert their influence on the direction of the ICT industry at large, particularly within emerging markets in Africa.

These individuals have been singled out for the relevance of their words and actions and the impact these have had on the growth of the broader industry, as well as on the status of their respective businesses on the market.

They have been ranked in accordance with general news coverage and level of activity, impressions made and the fact that “there is every reason to believe that they will continue to influence the sector going forward”.

The Internet site named the other five as Mr Jason Njoku, Founder and CEO of iROKO Partners (Nigeria), whose company is said to be the world’s largest online distributor of African movies and music, and Mr Stafford Masie, Founder of Thumbzup (South Africa) who, at age 38, has been in the technology industry for many years and recently made headlines after establishing Thumbzup, a local payment innovations company.

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A noted speaker and renowned entrepreneur, Mr Masie, is passionate about the development of local technology that will address local needs.

Another one is Madam Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s ICT Minister, who is credited to have brought sanity in into the regulation of Nigeria’s telecommunications sector.

She has been quoted in numerous reports about the country’s competitive and growing telecommunications sector, specifically focused on the issue of fines on telecommunications service providers in order to address efficiency issues and secure quality of service for consumers.

The founder of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom Holdings, Mr Naguib Sawiris, is reported to have a net worth of $2.5 billion. Most recently, Sawiris made headlines following media reports announcing a deal between himself and a Tunisian businessman over the sale of Egyptian satellite news channel ONTV.

According to a statement from Ben Ammar, the aim of the purchase is to create “the first independent pan-Arab TV group” across North African and the Middle East.

Ghana’s Roland Agambire’s work with the governments of both the NPP and the NDC which ensured successful implementation of the ICT Module under the then NYEP earned him a place on the list.

 The module has trained thousands of Ghanaian youth and provided employment for many.

His company has won several local and international recognitions with a recent one being an invitation by the World Bank Group to address a regional forum on youth employment in West Africa in Nigeria. His company is now in China, Dubai, Kenya, Rwanda, Angola, South Africa, the Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana.

The list also recognised Mr Elon Musk, entrepreneur and creator of SpaceX from South Africa for proving what can be achieved when innovation and creativity are expertly blended.

The company’s SpaceX Dragon recently successfully completed its first commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station.

 In May the company’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule grabbed international headlines by successfully launching from Cape Canaveral in the US and becoming the first space launch by a private company in the history of space flight.