Nigerian ICT guru Florence Serki remembered

The Founder of Omatek Computers, Late Mrs Florence Seriki has been given a posthumous award for her unparalleled contributions to the growth of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria.

Seriki was given the posthumous honour at the 2019 edition of Titans of Tech (TOT) Award in Lagos.

Pedro Aganbi, Managing Consultant, Technology Africa and organiser of the award, recalled that she went into the manufacture of computers to provide jobs for Nigerians, largely the young population.

According to him, Seriki is an icon of ICT in Nigeria, her ideas literally revolutionised the Nigerian ICT space through enabling technology transfer.

“She created massive supply and support ecosystem and generated jobs across the West African coast.

“Until her death in 2017, she served as Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Omatek Ventures. Omatek was one of Nigeria’s pioneer and indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturers in Africa.

“She was a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Nigerian Computers Society and the Institute of Directors.

“She held a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University),’’ he said.

Aganbi said that Seriki, a holder of the national honour award, `MFR’, was renowned and accomplished ICT products and solutions consultant.

Seriki, an engineer, died in 2017, after a brief illness.

He described her as an industrialist of repute, a patriotic proponent of local content in manifold strata of the global computer assembly industry.

“She was a true amazon and an indispensable colossus in the scheme of African ICT growth and development.

“In her life time, she was celebrated in many quarters consequent upon her superlative achievements as Africa’s patriotic amazon.

“We celebrate her contributions to the development of the Nigerian ICT Industry,’’ Aganbi said.