In a momentous event that will shape the history of Wakanow in Africa as one of the continents foremost travel management companies, the MD of Wakanow, Obinna Ekezie was honoured with the West African Entrepreneur of the year Awards for 2015 at the AABLA awards organized by All Africa Business Leaders Awards in partnership with the CNBC Africa.
The event which took place at the Eko Hotels and Towers in Victoria Island Lagos on Thursday the 22nd of October, saw the presence of the big wigs in commerce including the former minister of finance, Lamido, Sanusi Lamido, the former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi and several notable business leaders across Africa.
The All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa honours remarkable leadership and salutes game changers of business on the continent for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.
Obinna described the journey of Wakanow as a fulfilment of a dream for a better travel experience for Nigerians and Africans at large and made a commitment to continuing in the path of the core values of AAbla towards exemplary leadership, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight in leading Wakanow to becoming the a major building block to the success of the African economy.
Wakanow.com is an OTA and one of the fastest growing online businesses in Nigeria. In the five years of its existence, Wakanow has inarguably become Africa’s no 1 travel booking portal. With physical presence in Nigeria, Dubai, Ghana, UK, Kenya and Rwanda; with 21 travel centers in Nigeria and a wide range of products/services that include Vacation packages, Hotel/flight booking, Specialized Travel packages, Corporate Travel Management, Visa procurements, a Wakanow international pre-prepaid card, a loyalty solution and a Wakanow international Travel SIM card, Wakanow.com has become a force to be reckoned with in the business landscape in Nigeria. In 2013, Wakanow was recognized as one of the fastest growing online companies in Nigeria by the Tony Elumelu Foundation in alliance with the AllWorld Networks of the UK.
With the acquisition of Oya.com, a local transport ticketing online agency and the commencement of specialized services to corporate and high-end clients, Wakanow.com has once again raised the bar in tapping into the wealth of opportunities that exist in the travel business in Nigeria and in enhancing the profile of the industry in general.
Wakanow plans to open another 20 offices around the world over the next 2 years.