Kenya’s BitPesa wins category prize at AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2016

Ten winners of the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2016 were announced at a pan-African mobile and tech awards party in Cape Town, South Africa last night.

The Awards supported by Opera Software, the Mobi Hunter, Uber, Shule Direct, Mobile Monday South Africa and the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) celebrated the best in mobile and technology from across Africa.

The 2016 awards attracted over 200 entries from 25 countries, with the eventual winners being drawn from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Below is the complete winners’ list of Innovation Awards 2016:

Disruptive Innovation Award – 
Domestly (South Africa)

Social and Messaging Award – Vula Mobile (South Africa)

Best African App Award – Sliide Airtime (Nigeria)

Enterprise Solution Award – Flutterwave (Nigeria)

News & Entertainment Award  – Battabox (Nigeria)

Educational Award – Mwabu (Zambia)

Fintech Award – BitPesa (Kenya) 

Social Impact Award – Ask without Shame (Uganda)

Brand On Mobile Award – Mobi Hunter (South Africa)

Women In Tech Award – Faraja Nyalandu  – Shule Direct (Tanzania)

“Our goal at is to promote and honour the fantastic innovation across the mobile and tech ecosystem in Africa. We had diverse entries from 25 countries and both the finalists and winners are a testament to how technology is being used to disrupt business models, empower people and drive positive social impact across the continent,” noted Andrew Fassnidge, founder of

Jo Eyre, Senior Manager Africa for Opera added: “We work hard at Opera to enable affordable access to the mobile internet for everyone and we’re delighted to celebrate innovation with and our technology and mobile peers. It’s exciting to witness the fantastic work the industry is doing to solve problems and enrich lives through mobile and the internet.”

The awards party in Cape Town was a major celebration and networking platform, bringing together over 300  mobile and tech leaders, media, investors and innovators from across Africa.

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