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2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards open with new Facebook page

ITREALMS : The 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition has opened with a bang afterscooping a Better Satellite Award at the third an...

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2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards open with new Facebook page

The 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition has opened with a bang afterscooping a Better Satellite Award at the third annual Better Satellite World Awards gala dinner in London, reports ITRealms.
The awards, ITRealms gathered, honour established companies along with disruptive innovators who make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind.
Drawing on six years of success across the continent, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is returning for a 7th edition, just as students from secondary (high) or combined schools can enter from today bywriting a creative essay or designing a poster based on the following topic:“It’s sixty years since the first satellite, Sputnik, was launched,broadcasting a unique and easily captured ‘beep, beep, beep’ signal. Looking back at this historic moment, write an essay or design a poster depicting how satellites have launched humankind into the 21stCentury and acted as a unifier.”
ITRealms reports that the prizes of this innovative competition are as big as the dreams of a young, energised African generation ready to shape the evolution of our continent. Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the essay winner will be eligible for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Paris, Francein the company of Eutelsat, and onwards to French Guiana to see a rocket launch into space. The poster winner will win a trip for two to South Africa which includes a visit to the South African National Space Agency as well as exploration of several heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa. The schools attended by the two winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are open to all learners from secondary (high) or combined schools on the continent where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations. Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office.
Maintaining that entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation.For the first time this year students are also invited to engage with the Awards community through a dedicated Facebook page.

The competition closes on 12 February 2018. Only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible. The overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in March 2018.  

All details on the judging criteria, national prizes and finalists’ selection are available on the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards website.

MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat are convinced of the power of science and technology education to encourage young mindstopositively change their world. Now in its 7th year, their joint initiative, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards,inspire innovative thinking among a young African generation.This pan-African collaboration has created a meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Since the start of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards in 2011, over 6,000 students have taken part in this unique competition.
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Adopt new technologies, see business more productive

Adoption of new technologies would see more businesses productive, says the Managing Director of Vodacom Business Nigeria, Lanre Kolade, reports ITRealms.

He noted that as technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics continue to transform and disrupt the business world, that adoption of new technologies will drive productivity and efficiency to remain competitive.

Speaking at the recently held Business Day CEO Forum Nigeria 2017, an annual thought leadership initiative in collaboration with McKinsey & Co, Kolade said “Technology such as IoT enables growth across business sectors. Today, many organisations are using this technology to cut costs, reduce risk, increase revenue and efficiency”.

Businesses in the Africa are gradually adopting IoT, with Nigeria being one of the leading IoT markets in Africa. This adoption is driven by the increasing availability of affordable smart devices, coupled with the need for enterprises to deliver shareholder value. According to the Vodafone’s Global IoT barometer report 2017, the adoption of IoT has grown significantly from 12% in 2013 to 29% in 2017 and 49% of these adopters use IoT in conjunction with analytics to improve business decision-making.

In Africa, disruptive technologies such as IoT hold significant potential and the opportunities are found in different sectors. From Finance and Insurance to Manufacturing and Agriculture, including the Education sector, organization of all sizes are using IoT to optimize processes, automate production and monitor the supply chain. Speaking further at the event, Lanre Kolade said “We can use technology to disrupt education, with broadband penetration, digitization becomes possible and education contents will be more accessible to all in Nigeria”.

Vodacom is using technology to address challenges in, education, healthcare and agriculture in Africa. Vodacom recently deployed IoT solution for education and healthcare in Kaduna state using a mobile school management solution which provides real-time visibility of all administrative activities at over 4000 schools. The healthcare solution monitors stock level and distribution of essential medicines in over 250 medicine dispensary facilities in the state.   

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Minister applauds Onobrakpeya on NNOM award

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has applauded Mr. Bruce Onobrakpeya over his conferment with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), saying the award to the octogenarian artist is a great boost for the creative industry, reports ITRealms.

A press statement made available to ITRealms in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister said the recognition and honour accorded Mr. Onobrakpeya by the Federal Government will go a long way to inspire young artists in particular and the entire creative industry in general.

He said the conferment of the great award on Mr. Onobrakpeya has put him in the same league as other great creative minds like Prof. Wole Soyinka, the late Prof. Chinua Achebe, Igwe Laz Ekwueme and the late Ladi Kwali, all past winners of the most-coveted award for
distinguished academicians and intellectuals.

''There is no doubt that Mr. Onobrakpeya, over the years, has been a towering figure and a great inspiration to young artists, but this award marks the highest point in his career as an artist.

''Mr. Onobrakpeya remains a great ambassador of Nigeria, having exhibited his works in the UK, U.S. and Sweden, just to mention a few, and with his works adorning great museums and art galleries all over the world,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.

While thanking the Federal Government for honouring Mr. Onobrakpeya, the Minister wishes the great artist many more years of creativity and good health.

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Bimbo Akintola joins CYIAC as Goodwill Ambassador

Notable Nollywood actress and Director of both TV Series and movies, Bimbo Akintola has joined the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) as its Goodwill Ambassador, reports ITRealms.

Bimbo’s appointment, ITRealms gathered is to help raise global awareness for the promotion of culture of integrity, curb corruption among children, youth and adults through creative, innovation and entrepreneurship development in Nigeria and Africa.

CYIAC campaign, ITRealms gathered, is focusing on corruption; which is the biggest impediments to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Also, CYIAC says its strategy is to promote creativity, develop talents and build confidence whilst encouraging culture of integrity. At CYIAC, children and youth are provided with capabilities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peace, justice and strong institutions and take bold steps in creating the future they desire through creative thinking and innovation.

Bimbo, a renowned, and award winning actress is a philanthropist who has dedicated her time and capital resources to helping those in need. In 2013 she took part in a walk to raise awareness for Breast and Prostate Cancer which took place in Lagos and a walk for Autism awareness in Abuja in 2014.

ITRealms recalls that every year, Bimbo finances and hosts a Christmas party for Children with special needs. Her passion to lead change in Children and Youth began in February 2017 on the platform of Vision of the Child. She continues her award winning career, spanning Nollywood, television as well as life theatre. She is one of the few Nollywood actresses who have extensive credits coupled with moral values in both Nollywood and on stage.

Bimbo with other notable achievers and game changers will officially launch CYIAC Corruption Busters (CCB) on December 9, 2017 to mark United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day.  

The CCB is CYIAC's contribution towards achieving global goals in 2030. In line with Sustainable Development Goal  (Goal 4, Goal 5, Goal 16, and Goal 17), CYIaC will achieve culture of integrity and communities free from corruption through educational development in Literary Arts, Paintings, Drama, Digital Communication, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Technology.

CCB educational series will be available for free download globally through CYIaC App and website- www.cyiac.com- on December 9, 2017, the event will also be streamed live for wider participation through virtual engagement.
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ActionAid advances dialogue on corruption, new anti-corruption scheme underway

The ActionAid Nigeria, a national non-governmental organisation and affiliate of ActionAid International says it plans to hold a National Dialogue on Corruption, even as it is set to unveil a new anti-corruption programme in Nigeria next week, reports ITRealms.

In a statement by the Communications Coordinator of the organisation, Nihinlola Ayanda, Friday, in Abuja, ActionAid Nigeria said the new programme is called ‘Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption- SCRAP-C.’
According to him, SCRAP-C will seek to look at the fight against corruption “through social norm lenses and complement the law and enforcement approach in Nigeria.”

“The SCRAP-C project is a five-year project supported by the Department for International Development (DfID)’s Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) programme. It is managed by a consortium of three national organisations - ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), and Centre for Communication Production in Nigeria (CCPN) led by ActionAid Nigeria. The project also has four implementing partners Centre for Citizens with disabilities (CCD), Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) who are taking responsibility for communities and groups engagements across six strategic states (Akwa-Ibom, Bornu, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano/Jigawa, and Lagos), including the FCT.”

“The SCRAP-C is a research and citizens’ oriented project. It will employ social marketing tools, research, advocacy, citizens’ mobilisation, media engagements and capacity development to achieve programme result which in this case is the desired behavioural change against corruption. Therefore, it will be more practical and beneficial for Nigerians to key into this innovative project to seek for desired behavioural change against corruption.”

“It is designed to set the pace for citizens’ engagements. It is a holistic and inclusive anti-corruption effort, designed to take innovative and inclusive approaches in its engagement with citizens. We believe that the adopted approach of citizens’ ownership of the anti-corruption battle would promote and nurture the right attitudes of citizens to corruption.”

Giving a background to the project, ActionAid Nigeria Project Manager, Newton Otsemaye explains:

“It is a known fact that past and present governments have indicated interest and indeed made efforts to fight corruption through various programmes and policies. Some have further shown efforts to design legal and institutional frameworks to reduce corruption in Nigeria. In spite of all these, corruption still happens unabated.”

“While our policy makers and political drivers seem to be overwhelmed with the scourge of corruption, and how to address it with cutting-edge strategies, literatures have shown that one of the most likely reasons why past institutional, policy and legal frameworks experienced setbacks is because of the huge disconnect between the anti-corruption efforts and citizens’ participation.”

“For anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria to be more holistic and inclusive, it must go beyond the boundaries of law and enforcement or sanctions to the terrain of society, change in attitude and behaviour. Therefore, social norms seem to be the new window not because it is new or old, but because there is empirical evidence of a strong relationship between social norms and corruption. On this premise, we may suggest that the anti-corruption efforts could leverage on these empirical positions by either appealing to existing social norms or creating new ones, with a view to changing corrupt behavior in Nigeria.”

“The public dialogue on corruption and public presentation of the anti-corruption project- SCRAP-C will bring together participants from the government, private sector, the media, professional bodies, women groups, youth groups, academia, policy makers and enforcers, market associations, labour unions and people living with disabilities to participate.”

The event, with the theme: When the fight against corruption becomes ours; Changing perceptions, beliefs and mobilising people’s movement against corruption is expected to hold in Abuja on the 11th of December, 2017.

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