Yesterday, Microsoft Nigeria announced the appointment of Akin Banuso as the new General Manager for Nigeria.
Banuso will look to drive the company’s digital transformation in an economy which has proven to be one of the most dynamic, innovative and largest on the continent. The new GM will be looking to use his 20 years of experience across a multitude of positions within the technology landscape to drive the company’s involvement in the technology ecosystem in Nigeria.
“I am very excited to lead the Microsoft business in Nigeria. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and I see so much potential in Nigeria. Since 2000, Microsoft has been partnering in Nigeria’s efforts to empower citizens through the development of Nigeria’s local software and information technology services industry. I am delighted to be at the forefront of this effort. Having collaborated with Microsoft over the last few years, I have first-hand knowledge of the talent within the team, and I’m really looking forward to working with them to bring the vision to life,” said Banuso.
Nigeria has shown continued expansion, including diversification within the oil sector and considerable infrastructure investment in the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Industry vertical. Microsoft firmly embraces this tremendous economic and social progress, with Banuso at the helm
He joins Microsoft from Dell EMC where he spent the last 12 years in various positions including Storage Practice Manager for Dell Services UK, Global Solutions Architect, EMEA Cloud and Converged Solutions Business Manager, Country Manager for Dell Nigeria and Country Leader for Ghana.
Akin Banuso replaces Kabelo Makwane who left the Company late 2016. As country General Manager, Banuso hopes, among many things, to address the challenge of local innovation.
“While most technology trends, innovations and consumer products come from the West and the East, Africans are realising that for us to solve the continent’s technology-related challenges, we have to find African solutions,” he said.