GAGE Awards 2021 have finally opened its portal for voting of digital practitioners who emerged from the 20 categories.
After two long months of intense nominations, the final lists of nominees in the various categories have been released.
Announcing the commencement of voting, the Convener of GAGE Awards, Mr Johnson Anorh, disclosed that it wasn't an easy task pruning down over 15,000 nominations as Nigerians made their choice on who best served them in the outgoing year using the digital platforms.
"The numbers have been overwhelming as in less than 24 hours, we have had over 1.4Million website visits," he said.
Nominees for the Banking App of the Year are VBANK, GTBANK, Zenith Bank, Access Bank and Alat by WEMA BANK.
The Data Service Provider of the Year include; MTN, Airtel, Globacom, Swift Networks and 9Mobile.
The Breakout App of the Year category nominees are; Airopay, WhotAfrica, Zoom, TiKTok, and Clubhouse.
Online Comedian of the Year nominees are; Mr Macaroni, Lasisi Elenu, Sydney Talker, MC Lively, and 2019 winner, Taaooma.
Influencer of the year category nominees are; Aisha Yesufu, Tomike Adeoye, Erica Nlewedim, Nengi Hampson and Pamilerin.
The GAGE Award public voting is only restricted to five categories, they are; Online Comedian of the Year, Banking App of the Year, Digital Artiste of the Year, Breakout App of the Year and Data Service Provider of the Year.
However, the Online Influencer of the Year category has been divided into the voters choice i.e the audience select their winner and the GAGE Academy choice which would be determined by the GAGE Academy.
Winners of the other 15 categories such as Website of the Year, Best Digital Financial Platform etc. will also be judged by the GAGE academy based on pre-defined measuring indicators that are beyond the reach or knowledge of the generality of the public.
The voting will be open till March 15, 2021 when the winners emerge.
GAGE Awards seeks to celebrate and spotlight the best individuals, brands or groups who have enriched lives in 2020 by leveraging on the power of digital to simplify our everyday lives.
The award recognises, celebrates, rewards, and amplifies the eventual winners' outstanding activities and contributions to the digital ecosystem yearly.