Engineer Ikechukwu Nnamani, the chief executive officer, Digital Realty Nigeria, has been crowned the Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH) Man of the year.
Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani is the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty Nigeria.
“When we look around, we see different people making their contributions to the African ICT sector. We know Africa is going to be Africa if we harness our technological values and go up the value chain.
“One man has stood up for his inspiration, for his motivation and for making us believe with a vision and strategy that Africqa can achieve this,” said Chike Onwuegbuchi, co-founder, TechCastle Foundation, the organisers of AfriTECH forum, while presenting the award to the recipient.
For over 16 years under his leadership the Digital Realty datacenter in Lagos (formally Medallion Data Centres Limited) is rated the most interconnected facility in the West African sub-region being the number one peering point for the region and boosting all submarine cables in the region, long distance providers, metro fiber providers, mobile services providers, fixed services providers, OTT providers, Internet Exchange, VAS providers, and global Tier1 service providers, amongst others.
Over 68% of all internet traffic exchanged at the Nigeria Internet Exchange takes place at Digital Realty’s datacenter in Lagos, Nigeria.
Digital Realty has recently completed its ultra-modern 1MW IT Load state of the art datacenter called LOS2 in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
The LOS2 datacenter seats on the same campus as the Digital Realty LOS1 datacenter. Customers in LOS2 will enjoy seamless connectivity to the existing telecom ecosystem in LOS1. LOS1 and LOS2 is already seamlessly connected through diverse fiber routes to the Medallion LKK1 infrastructure (The PFE Module for 2AFRICA Submarine Cable) which Digital Realty has recently delivered to the 2AFRICA Consortium in Lagos, and also the LKK2 datacenter, a new 1.7MW IT Load datacenter that Digital Realty is currently building to support the 2AFRICA Submarine Cable in Mopo Ibeju part of Lagos state.
Plan for implementation of the Hyperscale LOS3 datacenter in Victoria Island is at advanced stage also.
Engr. Nnamani has also promoted the establishment of telecom infrastructure in several African countries including Ghana, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, and Angola amongst others.
Digital Realty Nigeria CEO has won over 50 national and international awards for his contribution to the growth of telecoms and ICT industry both personally and companies he is affiliated with.
He was recently awarded the 2023 TIA Datacenter Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2023 Tech Innovation Award, 2023 Most Innovative Datacenter Personality of the Year at the Titans of Tech Award, 2023 Datacenter ICON Award at the 7th African Digital Economy Awards, the 2023 AfriTech Alliance Man of the Year, the 2022 ICT Man of the Year, as well as the Entrepreneur Personality of the Year at the Africa Digital Awards (ADA), the 2021 Outstanding Promoter of ICT for National Development Award at the Titans of Tech Hall of Fame Awards. In 2020 he was inducted into the Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame by TechTV.
He was named the 2020 ICT Personality of the Year by Communications Week and was also awarded the ICT Entrepreneur of the Decade by Nigerian NewsDirect.
Engr. Nnamani holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee State University, Nashville, USA.