Liquid Telecom appoints CEO for Nigeria operations

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Wole Abu as CEO of Liquid Telecom Nigeria and its new Africa Data Centre (ADC) operation in the West African country, effective January 2021.

The organisation recently acquired a premium piece of land in Lagos to build the data centre, which will be the single largest data centre in Africa, outside of South Africa. 

Once completed, the new data centre in Nigeria will address the growing demand for cloud storage and digital services on the continent, and Abu will be responsible for overseeing the strategic growth of ADC's operations in this new market.

"Abu brings over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which will be integral as we continue to expand our fibre network reach on the African Continent. With our East to West link going live, it is integral that we start working with businesses in Nigeria to develop the local telecom and technology ecosystem and also establish ourselves as the go to data centre provider," said Mohamed Abdel Bassit, regional CEO, MEWA, Liquid Telecom.

Before joining Liquid Telecom, Abu was the CEO of Pan African Towers (PAT), and before that, he served as the vice president of sales at Airtel Nigeria. He has also held several senior management roles in the human resources, engineering, operations, finance, legal, and marketing departments.

Commenting on his appointment, Abu said since the launch of the first ADC data centre in 2018, he has seen the data centre team grow its operations by leaps and bounds to cater to the rapidly developing cloud ecosystem on the African continent.

“I am excited to bring my polyfocal blend of functional skills to the team as the ADC makes it possible for Nigerians to get access to cloud services at affordable rates and allows them to meet local data regulatory requirements.

“I also look forward to showcasing Liquid Telecom's commitment to Nigeria's digital transformation journey, which is linked to staying true to our belief that every individual has the right to be connected,” he says.

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