Two Nigerians Walk Tall At Prestigious 2020 African Energy Awards

Yemisi Izuora

Two innovative Nigerians Ifeoma Malo, of Clean Tech Hub Nigeria and Sanusi Ohiare of the Rural Electrification Fund, Sosai Renewable Energies Company and KEDCO walked away with top honours in their respective categories for their ground-breaking contributions to the energy  industry.

These Nigerian energy industry’s finest dominated the 2020 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards, which was broadcast live on Tuesday and can still be viewed online.

The seventh edition of the coveted African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards, honours the most remarkable and inspiring energy projects and power pioneers on the continent.

During this year’s digital, yet still stylish, celebration, the winners were celebrated by their peers and the judging panel.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Andrew Herscowitz, the former coordinator of Power Africa, USAID’s programme to increase access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

His current position is Chief Development Officer at the US International Development Finance Corporation.

Reacting to the awards, Wiebe Boer, CEO of All-On, an off-grid energy investment company, focused on Nigeria, said, “I want to say special congratulations to my good friend and sister Ify Malo for this amazing recognition which you completely deserve.

I’ve gotten to know Ify quite a few years ago when she was in the public sector. But it was only when I got into the power sector and she was with Power4All and then with the Clean Tech Hub, that I’ve really really, really gotten to know her very well and I’ve appreciated everything that she has done. Not just for me but for the whole industry.”

In his comments,  Ifeanyi Orajaka, MDC of GVE Projects and Meters, Nigeria, said, “I have known Miss Ify Malo for five years now and I know her to be a very exceptional and a true leader.

I knew her right from the time she was the Executive Advisor to the Honourable Minister of Power until she transitioned in her role at Power for All and more recently the Clean Technology Hub.

She is somebody who believes a lot in teambuilding and giving people the opportunity to grow in their various capacities. On a personal note she has been a very good mentor to me and she has helped me in my own journey of entrepreneurship as well.”

While congratulating, Sanusi Ohiare, Executive, Ahmad Salihijo: MD/CEO, Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria, said, “I must say, working with him I have seen a lot of leadership qualities, dedication and most importantly, his selflessness, he wants to help Nigeria.

Also, it’s very, very encouraging to other youth to understand that when given the opportunity, we are able to strive and get the desired results. So once again, congratulations my friend for bringing home this award.”

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