ICT Industry Mourns IT Amazon, Florence Seriki

The painful demise of the Group Managing Director (GMD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Omatek Computers, Engineer (Mrs.) Florence Seriki seem to leave a painful pang in the heart of the ICT industry, a constituent she had fought for and thrived in for close to three decades.

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Several industry pundits and journalists have expressed shock at the news, noting that as an apostleof local content, the Late Seriki was in the forefront for local capacity building.

A blogsite quoted the Chairman of Teledom International and a foremost ICT analyst, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, as saying that the death is “Sun set at dawn”, indicating that her contribution to the industry is still a needed boost to the nation.

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Describing it as a rude shock, a foremost blogger noted: “I received the news of her demise with great shock. She was beauty and brain combined. (She) could pass as one who dared what in this clime could be said to be the exclusive of the male gender – ICT business. She was exceptionally an authority in the industry.”

In a release confirming the death of the late Amazon of the ICT industry, Chairman, Omatek Ventures Plc, Dr. Timothy Farinre noted that Mrs Seriki, who has over 150 awards to her credit, was a talented, innovative, hardworking and a consummate achiever.

Engineer (Mrs.) Florence Seriki, died at the Lagos university teaching Hospital on Friday, March 3, 2017 after a brief illness. She was aged 53.

Mrs Seriki established Omatek Computers in 1987 and was one of the few information technology companies quoted at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

A graduate of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), She was a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) as well as Fellow of the Society of Chemical Engineers.

In 1993, during the CTO exhibition (organized by the commercial section of the American Embassy in Nigeria), Florence took a bold step to launch the Omatek brand of Computers. This, which is actually the first attempt of its kind in Nigeria, became widely accepted and used as a result of its quality and ruggedness.

Early in 2003, she took another giant stride opening a factory in Lagos. The factory has turned out to be the very first in Africa to produce Nigerian made Computer Cases, Speakers, Keyboards and Mouse from completely knocked down (CKD). The factory produced made in Nigeria Omatek Computers, Notebooks and Servers with all its components made in Nigeria.

Florence expanded the business when she established Omatek Ghana as part of her vision towards making Omatek a pan African company. She also opened another arm of the business in Singapore as part of efforts to engage in effective research and development for the business.

She was married to Olalekan Seriki, a successful architect, and blessed with three children.

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