Kenya’s Mawingu project wins Innovation Award at African Business Awards 2013

abaThe Mawingu project, which was developed by Microsoft in partnership with Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication and Indigo Telecom, has won the “Innovation Award” at the 2013 edition of the African Business Awards held at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

Mawingu – Swahili for “cloud” – was developed and launched as pilot project to improve technology access and deliver low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband and subsequently create new opportunities for commerce; education; healthcare and delivery of government services across Kenya.

Mawingu leverages innovative new wireless technologies and utilizes unused TV band spectrum (“TV white spaces”) and solar-powered base stations to deliver nationwide broadband access.

Below are the winners in the other categories:



Lifetime Achievement Award HE Gervais Koffi Djondo, President, Asky Airlines
African Business of the Year Ethiopian Airlines
African Business Icon Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings
Business Leader of the Year


Edward Boateng, CEO, Global Media Alliance, Ghana
Outstanding Woman in Business


Bola Adesola, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered, Nigeria
Award for Good Corporate Governance The Abraaj Group, UAE
Most Admirable and Valuable Brands in Africa Global Brand: Coca Cola

African Brand: MTN

The African Business Awards are organised by African Business magazine and BusinessinAfrica Events and produced by IC Events. The Awards preceded the African Leadership Forum, a gathering of African leaders to discuss issues of leadership within an African context. The complete list of the 2013 nominees can be found here.

The Awards are supported by GTBank and Mota-Engil Africa; Bank of Industry and Microsoft 4Afrika; DHL and Fasken Martineau; African Development Bank; Paramount Group and A PINs for Peace.

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