African Legend Indigo (popularly known as Al Indigo) with offices both in South Africa and Nigeria-Lagos was established in 2000, with a vision of creating a black-owned and managed ICT end-to-end business solutions provider to service the enterprise market in South Africa and the rest of the continent was first to share in the vision and importance of staging PAWIIN 2010.
Playing a significant role in the embryonic stages of developing the PAWIIN event in Nigeria, Al Indigo became the principal partners to the PAWIIN initiative therefore making it a privilege to have the presence and participation of the Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Mashudu Tshivhase at the occasion. Mr Tshivhase, graced the event by delivering a dynamic special address at the Awards Ceremony on the evening of the 3 November. He spoke about how pleased he was to be part of the important gathering and recognised the crucial and exciting moment as Nigeria celebrates with the rest of the world its 50TH Anniversary of independence, an achievement he considers a serious milestone.
He acknowledged the PAWIIN awards ceremony as a culmination of 12 years of successful events receiving tremendous support from business leaders, political leaders and entrepreneurs.
He commended the Governments of the participating African and European countries in playing a key role in collaborating, hosting and supporting the forum and for living up to their commitment to women empowerment. Mr Tshivhase explained the importance of the ground breaking end-to-end solutions to both the public and the private sector that Al Indigo brings to women and Africa. He explained that the solutions Al Indigo provides are geared towards helping to better align information technology to business, drive profitability and revenue growth, reduce operating costs and enhance enterprise agility. The services include Infrastructure Solutions; Software Solutions and Managed Services.
He explained that as a company, they remain committed towards the economic development of all Africans and this includes women and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. He said it was their view that women in particular, should continue to play a crucial role towards the development of our society as already witnessed around the world.
Mr Tshivhase highlighted that together with the South African government, they continue to be grossly concerned about the continuous under representation at the forefront of those producing cutting edge innovative technological business services and solutions.
He confirmed that to address this matter, together with GWIIN, AL Indigo is embarking on an initiative aimed at mainstreaming business women in business innovation. Mr Tshivhase highlighted that beyond the forum, an exciting collaborative training programme aimed at ensuring that women are equipped with the necessary skills and expertise to become successful players in the IT industry is to be pursued.
As he congratulated the nominees and winners of the PAWIIN 2010 Awards, he reiterated his commitment to present women with the opportunity to network, keep abreast with current relevant information on ICT trends, understand what skills and expertise are required to become a player in this industry. He spoke of how he would like to see valuable experience gained and encouragement of women to forge ahead as formidable players in any 21st Century Economic world stage so that there would be accessibility and further attraction to global interests, partnerships and collaborations in Nigeria and the rest of the world, in the areas of Design & Technology, Finance, and Exceptional Creativity in Arts, Science and Trade & Industry.