Former Dell executive Akin Banuso has been appointed as the new Microsoft Nigeria general manager, bringing over 20 years of digital industry experience to the company.
The seasoned tech professional is tasked with leading the company’s digital transformation drive in the West African nation, according to ITWebAfrica.
Nigeria represents an important market for Microsoft, as the continent’s most populous nation and one of the biggest economies in Africa. Banuso replaces Kabelo Makwane, who left the company at the end of 2016.
“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,” said Banuso, according to Vanguard.
“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,” the former Dell exec said.
“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,” he added.
Banuso 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.
A statement by Microsoft expressed faith in the new man in charge of Nigerian operations, as well as the potential that resides within the country he will be managing.
“Nigeria has shown continued expansion, including diversification within the oil sector and considerable infrastructure investment in the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Industry vertical,” the statement read, as reported by ITNewsAfrica.
“Microsoft firmly embraces this tremendous economic and social progress, with Banuso at the helm.”
The new Microsoft Nigeria general manager will be focused enabling and encouraging 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,” Banuso said, according to TechCityng.