For its consistency in pioneering innovation in the telecoms industry and in recognition of its efforts at building a pan Nigeria 3.75G Internet Network coverage, Airtel Nigeria has been named the Telecoms Company of the Year, 2012 by foremost celebrity magazine, City People.
Newly appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Leading Telecommunications Services provider, Segun Ogunsanya was also named the CEO of the Year for his inspirational leadership and past achievements at leading multinational organizations to attaining business success.
The honours were bestowed on Airtel yesterday, Sunday, March 31st, 2013 at a colourful
celebration that attracted hundreds of renowned politicians, A-list Multinational organizations,
celebrities, entrepreneurs and societal bigwigs. The event held at Balmoral Hall, Oregun, Lagos.
A citation read in honour of Airtel at the occasion commended the Telco Operator for blazing
the trail and for revolutionizing the telecommunications sector in Nigeria with groundbreaking
value offerings, innovative services and for covering Nigeria with the widest and largest 3.75G
Network. The event organizers also lauded Airtel for implementing a robust Corporate Social
Responsibility initiative aimed at uplifting underprivileged children in the country.
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director of Airtel Nigeria, Deepak Srivastava received the
award on behalf of the company and thanked the organizers for creating a highly respected
awards’ platforms in honour of outstanding achievements in the Nigerian society. Srivastava
also used the opportunity to assure telecoms consumers at the occasion that Airtel was
committed to maintaining its position as true innovation pioneers in the Nigerian Telecoms
“At Airtel, we value our customers and this premium we place on customers has influenced
most of our big decisions. Indeed, we have moved first to cover Nigeria with the widest and
largest 3.75G coverage and we have also recently announced several milestones including
the successful completion of Long Term Evolution (4G) Trial in Lagos just as we have unveiled
several innovative service offerings including the highly sought after High Definition (HD) Voice
Service,” he said.
Vice President, Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah received
the CEO of Year Award on behalf of the Company’s CEO, Segun Ogunsanya. Describing
Ogunsanya’s leadership style as transformational and inspiring, Oparah noted that Airtel
is committed to empowering exceptional Nigerian talent as evident in the company’s
appointment of a Nigerian MD & CEO.
“Airtel is in Nigeria for the long haul and it is committed in empowering highly talented Nigerian
professionals. As you know, Airtel is the only major telecoms services provider in Nigeria with
a Nigerian CEO and a very high representation of Nigerian professionals at the company’s
Executive Committee. Without a doubt, this demonstrates Airtel’s commitment to Nigeria and
illustrates the company’s confidence in local professionals. We are happy that City People has
recognized this fact and bestowed this great honour on our company,” he said.
The 2013 City People’s Award was attended by several top politicians including a delegation
from the National House of Representatives, Ogun State Government, Niger State government,
Oyo State government and Lagos State Government. The Airtel’s Team was led by COO & ED,
Deepak Srivastava; VP, Corporate Communications & CSR, Emeka Oparah; CEO of Blueflower
Communications, Chido Nwakanma; CSR Manager, Chinda Manjor and PR Managers, Erhumu
Bayagbon and Nsikan Umoh.