CITATION When Florence Seriki commenced one-on-one computer training for executives over twenty one years ago, little did she know that she was going to leave a mark in the sands of time. From the humble beginning of private „coaching‟ lessons, the class grew in leaps and bounds, as she continued to receive training requests from Banks, Oil Companies and other large corporations. News about the „Computer Whiz kid‟ spread round and she soon gained the confidence of decision makers in these Banks to handle all their computer requirements-from training to purchases, to after sales support. The sales girl in Florence was awakened when in the course of meeting up with the computer supplies; she realized that she could market these products to a wider clientele. From that moment on, she has been unstoppable and this has culminated in the establishment of Omatek Computers Limited- the only company in Africa to manufacture Computers and casings from Completely Knocked Down (CKD) components sourced from the highest grades of manufacturers thus making Omatek products of world – class standards. The factories are cited in Nigeria and Ghana. Driven by a strong entrepreneurial spirit, she moved to market the Omatek brand of Computers, promoting „Made in Nigeria‟ products and proving to the whole world that „Made in Nigeria‟ products are as effective, if not better than their foreign counterparts. Her quest to sustain the production quality and continue to meet the minimum order quantity requirements of some of the best manufacturers, led her to embrace the Small Medium Enterprises Scheme in partnership with two of Nigeria‟s biggest banks, Zenith International and Guaranty Trust Banks to: Produce Nigerian made Computer Cases, Speakers, Keyboards and Mouse from Completely Knocked Down components Produce Made in Nigeria Omatek Computers, Notebooks and Servers Generate employment opportunities in the IT industry for youths. Be included in University curriculum as a pre requisite for graduating as a computer engineer. Export computers, cases and speakers within Africa. The SME funding soon became grossly insufficient, as the demand for Omatek products continued to grow, following a government policy introduced by the then Obasanjo Administration which compelled all Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to buy made in Nigeria computers. Today, the status of Omatek Ventures has changed from being an SME to being the first ICT Company to be listed on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Omatek is reputed to be one of the fastest companies to make it to the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, considering the short period between the Private Placement and the listing itself Flo, as she is fondly called, has received many awards and accolades for her contribution to the development of the ICT industry in Nigeria and Africa. The immediate past President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo honoured her with a Commendation Presidential Breakfast in 2004. Recognized by the ICT industry for her entrepreneurship and drive, she was recently inducted into the Obafemi Awolowo University, Faculty of Technology Hall of Fame, together with Chief Ralph Alabi, Chairman, Guinness Nigeria Plc and Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). In November 2005, Omatek Computers Limited beat 42 other countries to win the “Microsoft Systems Builder Award for West, East and Central Africa”, an international award by Microsoft which was an attestation to the quality, consistency and volume of the Omatek brand of computers compared to the foreign brands”. Some of the other awards she has won include: Titans of Technology Award, 2009 Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurship Award. Outstanding Female Entrepreneur of the year, 2003. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Excellence in Enterprise Award, 2005. Best IT Woman of the Year 2003. Distinguished O.A.U Alumni Award for outstanding Achievement in IT. FELLOW Award by the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, 2004. Digital Peers International Award of Excellence, in recognition of immense contributions to ICT, 2005. African leader par excellence Award 2008 by the international institute of comparative leadership for Africans and blacks in diaspora and the Accolade communication. National Merit award of the Member of the Republic of Nigeria (MFR), in recognition of her selfless service to Motherland A believer in Local Content Development in the ICT sector and the enormous potential that ICT will play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals of economy development, OMATEK has partnered with other private sector players and academic institutions on RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT to "ensure that the benefits of new technologies, especially ICT are available to all. This has resulted in the establishment of Omatek Resource Centres across many Universities to provide hands-on experience for undergraduates. Florence Seriki remains resolutely committed to Youth empowerment and capacity building arising from these R & D projects which she believes will ultimately lead to the eradication of poverty and illiteracy. With its e-Express Consumer initiative, Omatek, in collaboration with its partner banks, has continued to empower millions of Nigerians to own computers through an easy repayment plan. Florence is a member of the Nigerian National Information Technology Advisory Committee, Chairperson of the Electronic and Telecommunications group of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria, Council Member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). She is a member of the Governing Council of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba,Ondo State and also a Board member of Vitafoam Plc.
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