After releasing the nomination list following a comprehensive validation process that started from 6th June to 10th July 2019, the 6th Digital Impact Awards Africa reached a climax last Friday at a grand ceremony to recognize the winners held at Mestil Hotel in Kampala.
Organized by HIPIPO, the categories of the winners ranged from telecommunication firms, banking institutions, e-commerce sites, government institutions among others. The Awards aim at recognizing, celebrating and appreciating different individuals and organizations that are spearheading the use of digital mediums to better serve their communities.
Speaking at the event, Innocent Kawooya, the CEO of HiPipo Limited said that the awards are aimed at recognizing and rewarding individuals and organisations across Africa that are spearheading the use of digital tools.
“The awards recognize organizations and individuals that have enhanced financial and digital inclusion and those leading to continental economic transformation in Africa,” he said.
This year’s awards were held under the theme “include everyone.” Kawooya explained that everyone means the young, the old, the rural, educated and non-educated and that digital technology is one way through which everyone can be reached and included.
National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) won 3 top awards including the Best Digital Customer Service, Best Digital Customer Experience (Utilies) and Best E-Service/E-Commerce (Silver).
According to NWSC Board Chairman Dr. Eng. Christopher Ebal, the awards showcase the corporation’s excellence in service delivery as demonstrated by its outstanding initiatives, impact of work and inspiration to others.
Maggie Kigozi, president of the Business and Professional Women Uganda and a consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, who was the guest of honour said if Uganda is to achieve economic development more faster, there is need to embrace digital technology and innovation.
Below is the Full list of 2019 winners:
Africa Best Digital Enabler (Internet, Devices): MTN
Africa Best Mobile App (FinTech and Telecom): Standard Chartered Mobile
Africa Best FinTech Innovator: Craft Silicon: Virtual Banking, Mobile Lending, E-Voucher, Agency Banking
Africa Best Digital Financial
Services Platform: Ericsson – Gold
Comviva – Silver
Africa Best Digital Financial Services Integrator/Aggregator: Craft Silicon
Africa Best Content App: StarTimes ON
Best Saving, Lending/Credit Product: MTN MoKash
Best Digital Banking (Online, Mobile, Social Banking): Standard Chartered Bank
Best Mobile Payments: MTN MoMopay
Best Cards Payments: United Bank of
Best Community Banking: Pride Microfinance Limited:
Best Digital Customer Experience (Financial Services, Telecom, IT): Airtel (GOLD),
Centenary Bank (Silver)
Best Digital Customer Experience (Utilities and Government Services): NWSC
Best Brand on Social Media (Financial Services, Telecom, IT): Centenary Bank
Best Brand on Social Media
(Consumer Goods): Bell Lager (GOLD)
Best Digital Powered Campaign: Stanbic Blue Weekends
Best E-Service/E-Commerce: UMEME
Best Digital Embrace by Non-Consumer Facing Brand: UEGCL,
Commendation for Trade Digitization
Uganda Trade Information Portal
YO TV: Online Television
Best Digital Awareness Initiative (Financial Literacy, Technologies, Entrepreneurship): DFCU Battle for Cash
Digital Brand of The Year: Stanbic Bank
Leadership Award: Warren D. Carew
FinTech CEO of the Year: Kamal Budhabhatti
Africa’s Financial Inclusion Medal of Honor: Bill Gates