PenplusBytes’ Kwami Ahiabenu named 2016 Highway Africa Fellow


Penplusbytes’ Kwami Ahiabenu, II was conferred the highest award of Highway Africa Fellow during the 2016  Telkom-Highway Africa Awards & Gala Dinner held in Rhodes University, South Africa.

The Highway Africa 2016 was held under the theme “The Internet and the Media – Celebrations, Reflections and the Future.

(TOP: Kwami Ahiabenu, II – middle – poses for a photo with his award at the 2016  Telkom-Highway Africa Awards & Gala Dinner).

The citation accompanying the award read : “Kwami Ahiabenu is a Ghanaian visionary. 15 years ago he set Penplusbytes – an institution dedicated to the training of journalists in digital media. From the outset Kwami reached out to Highway Africa and sought to collaborate around joint training and the covering of elections on the continent using mobile and social media. Over the years, Kwami has made his way to Highway Africa to deliver presentations and training workshops. This year he will be focusing on Social Media and Elections. A true friend of Highway Africa, we wish to recognise Kwami Ahiabenu as a Highway Africa Fellow”.

Elated about the award, Ahiabenu, II said: “ It is a great honor to be named Highway Africa Fellow, I dedicate this award to my family, hardworking board and team members of Penplusbytes and it is our expectation that this award propels us forward in our vision of being a leading institution for promoting effective governance  using technology in Africa and beyond”.

Highway Africa is the world’s  largest annual gathering of African journalists to deliberate on new digital technologies and its related issues.

The 2016 event marked 20 years of championing Africa’s debates on journalism, media and information and Communication Technology (ICT).