Technology Journalist with PC Tech Magazine, Nathan Ernest Olupot has won the ICT Journalist of the year award at the recently concluded NITA Uganda e-Government Excellence Awards. Emerging as runners-up in the same category were; Mark Wadulo (UBC TV) as the 1st runner up, 2nd runner-up – Henry Okurut (UBC TV), and 3rd runner-up – Lydia Nabakooza (NBS TV).
The second edition of the e-Government Excellence Awards was held under the theme, “Bold digital Government, embracing disruptive technologies” — to recognize Government Agencies, Private Companies, and Technology Journalists that have played a remarkable role in availing e-Services to the public.
The awards were grouped into seven (7) categories; CIO of the Year, Agency of the Year, e-Service of the Year, Citizen’s Choice of the Year, BPO/ITES Company of the Year, Private Sector Company of the Year, and ICT Journalist of the Year.
The ICT Journalist of the Year award was introduced this year to acknowledge the role the members of the press have played as advocates for change in Uganda’s digital journey.
“This year, we shall award a Press and Media individual or company that has contributed significantly to quality, in-depth awareness on e-government in Uganda,” NITA and its partners said in a statement.
The ICT Journalist of the Year, 2021 nominees were Christine Kasemiire, Edward Kayiwa, Henry Okurut, Ismail Musa Ladu, John Serwaniko, Douglas Albert Kikonyogo, Lydia Nabakooza, Mark Wadulo, Nathan Ernest Olupot, and Paul Murungi. Olupot emerged as the overall winner with the majority votes. He didn’t make it to the Award Gala that was held at the Kampala Serena Hotel and his award was accepted on his behalf by Rogers Gad.
Olupot wouldn’t be reached for comment at that time, but took his LinkedIn and wrote;
“I am extremely honored to be receiving such an important award, the ICT Journalist of the Year 2021 from NITA Uganda and its partners. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work, because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was as capable if not more, of winning this award.
Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration I have received from my seniors, my colleagues, and my fellow tech journalists for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage.
I sincerely thank each one of you, Albert Mucunguzi, Owino Solutions, Douglas Albert Kikonyogo, Humphrey Mpairwe, Julius Wasjja, Pius, Enywaru, Shillah Arinatiwe, Joshua Twinamasiko, Nowamani Davis Donman, Watson Atwine, to mention a few for helping me reach a stage where I can proudly hold up this award as a mark of my achievement.
I will finalize by thanking all those that voted for me, I also promise to get better at my work so that you can see me win more awards.
Thank you, and what a great way to end 2021.” – Concluded Nathan
Olupot has worked with PC Tech Magazine since 2015 covering/writing tech news in Uganda and across Africa -submitting over 2,500+ articles for the publisher.
PC Tech Magazine was founded in 2010 and to date it happens to be one of the biggest and most well-known technology news websites in Uganda and across Africa.