LAGOS – No stranger to winning strings of awards, Smile Nigeria has typically maintained the tempo by clinching laurels both in Abuja and Lagos. Indeed, it was awards galore for the innovative and pacesetting Telecommunications Company and its resourceful Managing Director as they were recipients of notable corporate and individual awards in prestigious events that took place in Abuja and Lagos respectively.
At the African Entrepreneur Merit Awards 2018 held recently at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Smile Nigeria was bestowed with the 2018 “Most Innovative Data Company of the Year Award” while the Titans of Tech Awards held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos conferred on the Managing Director of Smile Mr Godfrey Efeurhobo the ‘Titans of Tech CEO of the Year Award’’. Both awards attest to the corporate vision and individual ingenuity that have propelled Smile to the broadband leadership echelon of the nation’s telecommunication sector.
The African Entrepreneurs Merit Award is a platform that recognizes African Entrepreneurs and corporate institutions that have distinguished themselves in their contributions to the growth and development of MSME, s in Africa. According to the organizers, the award was bestowed on Smile for its knack for innovative products and consistent provision of innovative services. The company was also commended for its massive investments in authentic 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
On hand to receive the 2018 African Entrepreneur Merit Awards on behalf of Smile was the Ag. Regional Sales Manager, Abuja, Nonye Obianwu who thanked the organizers for giving honour to whom honour is due. She dedicated the award to all Smile customers for their steadfast support and loyalty. She assured that the company’s commitment to the provision of best-in-class Internet services will endure so as to continue to serve the needs of its teeming customers.
A similar sentiment was echoed at the Titans of Tech Awards at Lagos. On being bestowed with the ‘Titans of Tech CEO of the Year Award’ Smile Nigeria’s helmsman Godfrey Efeurhobo reiterated that Smile Nigeria has been consistent in the provision of valuable products and innovative services. “Our vision of becoming the broadband internet provider of choice in Nigeria has guided us in everything from selecting our people and partners to choosing the best technologies and creating innovative and relevant products and services” he added.
Explaining the choice of Efeurhobo as the ‘Titans of Tech CEO of the Year’, Technology Africa; the organizers of the event, noted that under his leadership “Smile Communications is actively transforming the nation’s economy by providing universal access to high-quality, reliable, easy-to-use and affordable communication services across Nigeria.” They further observed that “the impact his leadership has made on Smile’s operations demonstrates what is possible with a team dedicated to making a difference.” They added that under Efeurhobo’s watch “the company has grown from an ISP to a full-fledged communications services provider.”
An alumnus of the London Business School and Harvard Business School among other prestigious institutions, Efeurhobo is a dynamic professional with experience, skills and exposure spanning across Strategy and Planning, Operations Management, Sales and Distribution, Corporate Advisory Services, Stakeholder Management, Legal consultancy, Corporate Governance and Project Management. He belongs to a number of professional bodies such as, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrations, Institute of Chartered Mediators and the Nigerian Bar Association. Efeurhobo was also recently awarded Business Integrity Award by the African Child Foundation and was listed among the top 100 Telecoms Professionals in Nigeria by Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)