Nominees For 2020 Digital Impact Awards Africa  Unveiled  

Nominees For 2020 Digital Impact Awards Africa  Unveiled  


By Our Reporter


HiPipo, the organizers of the annual Digital Impact Awards Africa, have released the list of nominees for the 7th edition of the annual Digital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA2020).

Digital Impact Awards Africa is Africa’s most important gathering of C-Level Executives and senior Digital and IT executives.

The release of the nominations marks the end of a comprehensive entry submission and validation exercise that ran from 19th October to 10th November 2020.

DIAA2020 grand finale is scheduled for 11th December at Mestil Hotel, Kampala.

Digital Impact Awards Africa is a platform that promotes Digital Inclusion, Financial Inclusion and Cyber Security.

In other words, the Awards seek to recognize, celebrate and appreciate different individuals and organizations that are spearheading the use of digital mediums to better serve their communities.

Altogether, there are 36 categories in the 2020 Digital Impact Awards Africa including 17 that recognize best performing digital and financial players from across Africa and 19 categories purely focused on Uganda.

The DIAA2020 edition comes in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented period that has on one hand wreaked socio-economic havoc across the world, but on the other hand further showcased the life- serving and saving capacity of digital-financial services (DFS).

The 36 categories include two special recognitions. These are: Regulatory Financial Inclusion Rails Award, and Women in FinTech Leadership Award.

Regulatory Financial Inclusion Rails Award

World over, regulators are key enablers of financial inclusion in some cases by adopting provision of digital financial infrastructure as a public good. Regulators lead the provision of a national digital identity to all residents, the development of a real-time payment systems and the establishment of a favourable legal framework.

The Digital Impact Awards Africa “Regulatory Financial Inclusion Rails Award” is a special   recognition of initiatives, programs and projects that are setting up the needed financial inclusion infrastructure rails with key emphasis on instant (real-time) payments platforms in Africa.

Women in FinTech Leadership Award

Just like most countries especially in Africa, Uganda still struggles with a huge gender diversity challenge in the financial technology space. Only 10 per cent of the 41 FinTechs that took part in the 2020 40 Days 40 FinTechs initiative had either women co-founders or women in their senior management.

The limited involvement of Women in Financial Technology is unfortunate because they are the majority gender world over and most importantly, their last-mile utilisation of financial technology solutions is very high. As such, the DIAA2020 Women in FinTech Leadership Award seeks to recognize and appreciate a Woman that is taking the lead in bridging the aforementioned gender diversity challenge.

Minus these two special recognitions, the rest of the categories will include jury assessment and public voting that will commence on Thursday 19th November until the eve of the awards.

The awards gala will be the climax of the IncludeEveryone – Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit that will happen on the same day.

This summit will explore the strategic trends and technologies that are shaping the future of Digital, IT and business. The summit theme will be “Collaboration to Advance Safety and Security towards Sustainable Financial Inclusion”.

We wish to congratulate all the nominees and now implore them and the entire public to take part in the voting exercise.

The official hash tags for this project are #DIAA2020, #IncludeEveryOne and #LevelOneProject



  1. Regulatory Financial Inclusion Rails Award
  2. Fintech Investment and Inspiration Sprinter
    1. PayStack
    2. OPay
    3. JUMO
    4. Flutterwave
    5. Chipper Cash
  3. Best Financial Inclusion Impact
    1. Airtel Money
    2. Cassava FinTech EcoCash
    3. M-Pesa
    4. MTN Mobile Money
    5. Orange Money
  4. Best Fintech: Lending
    1. Branch
    2. Jumo
    3. NCBA
    4. OneFI
    5. Tala
  5. Best Fintech: Remittance
    1. WorldRemit
    2. MFS Africa
    3. Wave
    4. Mukuru
    5. Transfer Wise
  6. Best FinTech: Investech
    1. Abacus
    2. Jamiipay
    3. kwikfin
    4. PiggyVest
    5. Bamboo
  7. Best FinTech: InsurTech
    1. AYO
    2. Cassava Mobile Micro Insurance
    3. Jamii
    4. Click2Sure
    5. Turaco
  8. Best Fintech: Blockchain
    1. Bitpesa
    2. Sqoin
    3. Kobocoin
  9. Best Fintech: Merchant Payments
    1. Paystack
    2. Flutterwave
    3. Kopo Kopo
    4. Zoona Tilt
    5. EthioPay
    6. Cellulant
  10. Best Healthtech
    1. Carepay
    2. AFYA PAP
    3. Vezeeta
    4. 54gene
    5. Helium Health
  11. Best AgriTech
    1. Farmcrowdy
    2. FarmDrive
    3. NextProtein
    4. Releaf
  12. Best EduTech
    1. Mzizi School Solution
    2. ElimuTanzania
    3. Gebeya
    4. Valenture Institute
    5. M-Shule
  13. Best Digital Response to Covid Impact
    1. EAC Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System (RECDTS) for Covid
    2. MTN Group #WearItForMe
    3. Wiqaytna Covid Exposure Notification App
    4. Safeboda Medical Delivery
  14. Best Fintech Solutions Provider
    1. Cassava
    2. Craft Silicon
    3. Eclectics International
    4. Selcom
    5. Tangazoletu
  15. Best Digital Financial Services Platform
    1. Amdocs
    2. Comviva – Mobiquity Money
    3. Ericsson EWP
    4. Huawei Mobile Money
    5. Obopay
    6. TagPay
    7. Telepin
  16. WomenInFinTech – Leadership Award (Personality)
  17. Super App Innovation
    1. Sasai
    2. Ayoba
    3. Viusasa
    4. Safeboda


  1. AgriTech Innovation Excellence
  2. Hamwe
  3. Lusuku
  4. Jumia Fresh
  5. Nakasero Online
  6. E-Commerce Innovation Excellence
  7. Jumia
  8. Nakasero Online
  9. Safeboda
  10. Lusuku
  11. Spare-Wo
  12. Payments Innovation Excellence
  13. Beyonic
  14. Kanzucode
  15. Safeboda
  16. Ticteq
  17. Trade Lance
  18. True African
  19. Xente
  20. Disruptive Innovation
  21. JPESA -WhatsApp Money
  22. Filetax
  23. StarTimes Solar
  24. Lending & SACCO Innovation Excellence
  25. Buladde
  26. Lendinabox
  27. Social Lend Africa
  28. Mallan Yassako
  29. Merchant Payments Innovation Excellence
  30. Chapchap
  31. Flutterwave UG
  32. Xente
  33. Content Innovation Excellence
  34. Yo Tv
  35. Teesa Advisory Services
  36. StarTimes On App
  37. Best Fintech: Aggregator
  38. Pegasus
  39. True African
  40. Yo Uganda
  41. Beyonic
  42. Women Financial Inclusion Award
    1. Finance Trust Bank
    2. Pride Microfinance
    3. FINCA Uganda
    4. Centenary Bank
    5. BRAC Uganda
  43. Digital Banking Excellence
    1. Centenary Bank.
    2. Stanbic Bank.
    3. Standard Chartered Bank
    4. Pride Microfinance
  44. Green Energy Innovation Excellence
    1. Fenix International – Readypay Solar
    2. M-Kopa For Energy
    3. StarTimes Solar
  45. Digital Customer Experience Excellence (Financial Services, Telecom, IT)
    1. Airtel
    2. Centenary Bank
    3. MTN Uganda
    4. Stanbic Bank
    5. Standard Chartered Bank
  46. Digital Customer Experience Excellence (Utilities and Government Services)
    1. KCCA
    2. NSSF
    3. NWSC
    4. URA
  47. Best Brand on Social Media (Financial Services, Telecom, IT)
    1. Airtel Uganda
    2. Centenary Bank
    3. DFCU Bank
    4. MTN Uganda
    5. Stanbic Bank
  48. Brand on Social Media Excellence (Consumer Goods)
    1. Bell Lager
    2. Movit
    3. Pepsi
    4. Club Pilsner
    5. Jumia
    6. Café Javas
  49. Digital Powered Campaign Excellence
    1. Jumia Black Friday
    2. Stanbic National School Championship
    3. Club Beatz At Home
    4. Café Javas Free and Express Delivery
  50. Cards Payments Excellence
    1. Absa
    2. Centenary Bank
    3. DFCU Bank
    4. Stanbic Bank
    5. Standard Chartered Bank
    6. United Bank of Africa
  51. Community Banking Excellence
    1. BRAC Uganda Bank
    2. Centenary Bank
    3. Finance Trust Bank
    4. FINCA
    5. Post Bank Uganda
    6. Pride Microfinance Limited
  52. Digital Brand of the Year
    1. Airtel Uganda
    2. Centenary Bank
    3. DFCU Bank
    4. MTN Uganda
    5. Stanbic Bank
    6. Standard Chartered Bank

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