At the just concludedÂ 8th edition of theÂ Nigerian Information Technology and Telecom Awards (NITTA) 2009 held last weekendÂ at the Grand Ballroom, Eko Hotel, Lagos, indigenous smart phone maker, Anabel mobile has wonÂ Â the Best Indigenous Mobile Innovator of the Year.
Anabel, according to the organizers of the award,Â Â has been in the forefront in putting Nigeria on the map of countries that are leading the pack in innovation and production of Mobile devices.
Anabel Mobile, the organizer
s, added, was leading the drive to design and manufacture mobile devices based onÂ the requirements and desire of the Nigerian consumers.
The award ceremony which was graced by the captains of the telecommunications industry including , Mr Nicholas Okoye,Â was represented at the event as an apostle of made-in-Nigeria products.
Reacting to the new development, Okoye who spoke to IT journalists shortly after hearing about the award,Â Â with excitement said that Anabel the indigenous phone maker, will continue to give Nigerians and the rest of the African markets best products that can match with foreign products in the market.Â â€œTheÂ real jobs such as technical design and innovation are presently held by Nigerians.
TheÂ value of Anabelâ€™s Complete Mobile Office SolutionÂ allows usersÂ to send and receive email from their Anabel Mobile phones, as well as exchange documents, set up virtual private mobile networks, and connect to the enterprise server from remote locations anywhere in the Worldâ€ he explained.
While assuring on quality products that can stand the taste of time, heÂ pledged to carry the spirit of â€œGood People Great Nationâ€ beyond the shores of Nigeria with the Anabel range of World Class products and its commitment to excellence, adding that Anabel is fast becoming Africaâ€™s answer to the consumer electronics revolution driven by the likes of SONY and Nokia.
Before now, theÂ Federal Minister of Information and Communications Prof.Â Dora Akuneli hadÂ pledgedÂ full support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications for the work Anabel Mobile was doing to make indigenous phones available to all Nigerians.
The Minister while commending the innovative works Anabel was doing to make Nigeria an IT capable country in the area of phone manufacturing, indicatedÂ the value Nigeria and rest of Africa could benefit from a home grown device manufacture such as Anabel,Â especially as projections indicate that Nigeria will grow from its present 67 million mobile users to over 100 million users by 2012.
TheÂ Minister with optimismÂ stated that Anabel Mobile is a clear example of what re-Branding Nigeria was all about. â€œItâ€™s about redefining our place in the Global community and celebrating what is great about us as a peopleâ€, she said.
It would be recalled that Anabel Mobile has been identified as one of the trail blazers in this direction having launched the first Nigerian mobile phone and first Nigerian hand held computer and Smart phone that runs on windows mobile operating system by Microsoft.
Anabel presently produces professional series smart phones which are indeed hand held computers, they also produce â€œdigital media devicesâ€ which can play video, music, FM Radio as well as its ability to record voice and other sounds.