By Foster Obi
A host of dignitaries including government functionaries, corporate big-wigs and a star-studded line-up of guests and artistes were in attendance as Technology Distributions Ltd. (TD), Sub-Saharan Africa’s foremost ICT distribution giants successfully hosted another memorable annual dinner/awards party at Eko Hotel & Suites on Sunday, December 9, 2018.
A night of glitz and glamour, Celebrating You 2018 certainly lived up to its billing as arguably the biggest and most anticipated celebratory event in Corporate Nigeria, going by the huge turn-out and profile of guests and entertainers which the event attracted.
Led by the Ghanaian Minister of State in Charge of National Security, BryanAcheampong; doyen of Corporate Nigeria and founder, Diamond Bank Plc., Pascal Dozie; Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh; Chairman, Board of Directors, TD, Prof. Anya O. Anya; Group Deputy Managing Director, Access Bank Plc., Roosevelt Ogbonna; Founder and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ausso Leadership Academy, Austin Okere, among many others; thewell-attended event also witnessed a star-studded cast of entertainers including A-list artistes Yemi Alade, Duncan Mighty and Wande Coal with ace comedian, Bovi as the event host.
Also thrilling guests at the after-party was two-time AMVCA winner and gifted artiste, Falz and celebrity DJ Big N.
In addition to a star-studded guest list including captains of industries, bank CEOs, dignitaries and other prominent representatives of the biggest brand names in Corporate Nigeria, the event specially recognized and celebrated TD’s partner eco-system, namely a host of globally-renowned Original Equipment Manufacturers in the technology space and other channel partners.
Biggest winners on the night include Microsoft (OEM of the Year), Konga (Mainstream Partner of the Year), Blueprint Technologies Ltd. (Partner of the Year), SPAR (TD Lifestyle Partner of the Year), TDelight Phones & Communications Ltd. (Mobile Partner of the Year), The Shops (Vendor of the Year) and the duo of Tobest Computers Ltd. and Edgebase Line Solutions Ltd who claimed the TD 2018 Legacy Award – a non-voting category.
Other winners include Fine Brothers Ltd. (Partner of the Year – Enugu), 24-7 Technologies Ltd. (Partner of the Year – Owerri), Rewjido Nigeria Ltd. (Partner of the Year – Port Harcourt), Foretec Investment Ltd. (Partner of the Year – Abuja), Grocery Bazaar Ltd. (TDiLife Partner of the Year) and Alliance Marketing (Partner of the Year – Ghana). In addition, 29 organizations were rewarded with the TD 2018 Good Payment Behaviour Award.
Also recognized was Mr. Foluso Olulade, a staff of TD’s Marketing department who carted home the highly-coveted Staff of the Year award.
In her speech at the event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), TD, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh expressed deep appreciation to the partners, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders whose patronage, support and loyalty were indispensable to the company’s sterling performance in 2018.
“We remain ever grateful and recognize indeed that it is you we are here to celebrate. Your presence here symbolizes a cherished relationship either directly with TD, our principals and associates. We made a promise to you to remain the key driver of trade revolution across Africa. At the start of this year, we made a promise to serve you. This promise, we are constantly reviewing annually and often times more frequently just to allow for measurability and accountability.
“In 2019, I urge you to look forward to a year of nimbleness and more agility in every area of the business life-cycle. The world is going cloud and you can be rest assured that, TD is not left out. We have made significant investments in ERP solutions platform to ensure that the overwhelming majority of our processes are cloud-based and ensure that the business is driven largely by technology,” she stated.
After a sensational performance by the talented opera and crossover singer Ranti which saw her hit all the right high notes, the stage was set for Yemi Alade to thrill the audience and the Johnny crooner did not disappoint with an energetic performance that set the tone for what was to come.
Up next was Duncan Mighty who got the expansive hall rocking with some of his best hit songs before exiting the stage for Wande Coal who got the guests dancing to hit jams from his early Mo’Hits record days and some of his latest bangers.
The after-party was the icing on the cake as Falz delivered an eye-catching performance which got the guests and other attendees in the party mood, paving the way for DJ Big N to dish out a flowing series of hit tracks which kept the hall rocking till the wee hours.
The well-attended event served as an avenue to unwind after the rigours of the current year and re-energize for the challenges of the coming year. Celebrating You2018 is also an effective medium of showing appreciation and encouragement to outstanding individuals and corporate entities that have positively impacted TD’s performance during the year under review.
Pix: Managing Director, TD Mobile, Mrs Gozy Ijogun delivering her address to welcome guests