The African Achievers Awards, held on Friday evening, honoured 12 people and organisations that made meaningful contributions to stimulating ICT growth in Africa and served as a catalyst for digital awareness and inclusion.

The winners are as follows:
* Top ICT Businesswoman – Estelle Akofio-Sowah, MD of BusyInternet, Ghana;
* Top ICT Businessman – Allan Cawood, CEO of Dimension Data;
* Top CIO in Africa – Peter Kahigi, CIO of the National Social Security Fund Uganda;
* Top ICT Minister in Africa – Professor Romain Murenzi, Ministry in the Office of the President in charge of Science and Technology in Rwanda;
* Top ICT Youth Innovator – Wesley Kirinya Mwirigi, CEO of Sinc Studios Ltd;
* Top Young ICT Entrepreneur – Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, executive chairman of KRAZYBOYS Digital;
* Top ICT Company – IBM Africa;
* Top ICT SMME in Africa – Netsurit;
* Most InnovativeCT Company in Africa – Integr8 IT;
* Top Civil Society/NGO – Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK);
* Top ICT Company in Africa to Work for – IBM South Africa; and
* Top ICT Project Innovation – Health and Social Development, Department of the Premier of the Western Cape.
This was the tenth annual ICT Achievers Awards, and Dorothy Haggard, sales & marketing director or organiser ForgeAhead, says the company ForgeAhead is humbled by the impact that it has made and continues to make, especially in the lives of those less fortunate.
She adds a great deal of progress has been made since 1999, when the programme started with the publication of a handbook recognising the most prominent black IT professionals in South Africa.
From those humble beginnings, it has grown in leaps and bounds and today runs Africawide, has 12 categories and represents the full diversity of the continent.
Winners as far back as 1999 who are still active in business include Andile Ngcaba, Benjamin Mophatlane, Danny Mackay, Thato Kewakae and Daniel Amerose as well as women achievers such as Dr Namane Magau, Sharoda Rapetti, Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane and Mirriam Zwane.