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Friday, July 24, 2015

Etisalat, DigitalSENSE present prizes to national essay competition winners

Two innovation-driven companies; Etisalat Nigeria and DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Friday, at Oriental Hotel, Lagos presented prizes to the winners of the 2015 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Essay Competition, ITRealms reports.
The essay competition which focused  this year was on Net Neutrality and Nigerian Internet Users was non-restrictive, non-discriminatory, and designed for Nigerian students between the ages of 18 and 30.
The Head, Environmental Compliance and Corporate Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Seyi Osunsede, in her keynote, said that Etisalat naturally aligns with DigitalSENSE Africa Media because of her innovations and creativity, emphasizing that innovation changes the word.
Representing the Vice President, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Dikko, Seyi said the essay competition is another way of encouraging innovation by the Etisalat in partnership with DigitalSENSE.
The Etisalat-DigitalSENSE Students Essay Competition, was organized by the DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA) Media in partnership with Etisalat Nigeria, the essay competition was conceptualized in 2012 to encourage young men and women to make research on issues of the Internet and come up with innovative ideas to move the industry forward.
The Executive Director, Operations, DSA, Mrs Nkemdilim Nweke, said the essay competition is part of this year’s annual Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum (NDSF) on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) which has the theme “ Net Neutrality and Nigerian Internet Users,” adding that it was designed to motivate the youth  to explore opportunities on the internet as there are limitless positive benefits therein.
The Group Executive Editor (GEE) and Lead Strategist, DSA, Mr. Remmy Nweke, said the company would continue to partner with Etisalat, being an innovative company. He underscored the fact that the criteria for assessment was based on understanding of the topic which is Internet Governance for Development and the topic for the year.
This, he said should be anchored on the Nigerian environment, stressing that overall presentation is equally key to the general assessment, adding that the essay must be limited to 600 words, emphasizing that for now the essay is meant for Nigerian undergraduates even though secondary school students were not disenfranchised as long as they are upto 18 of age.
The GEE stated that apart from the prizes, the Star prize winner, for instance, had the opportunity of participating in the Nigeria Internet Governance for Forum (NIGF) as Etisalat-DigitalSENSE Student Ambassador.
One of the judges for the essay competition, Mrs Yetunde Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot Technologies, said the importance of the competition cannot be overemphasized  as the students will be decision makers tomorrow, hence the need for them to know the fundamentals of the subject matter through competitions like Etisalat-DigitalSENSE Students Essay.
The Star prize winner of the 2015 Etisalat-DigitalSENSE Students Essay Competition, Nicodemus Onah, is a 100 Level Electronic Engineering student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), went home with a laptop; the second prize also went to another UNN student studying English and Literature, Mr. Kizito Chijioke Onah who won a Tablet,  while the third prize went to Blessing Oghenetijiri Ekpobadarho, a 400 Level student of Niger Delta University in Bayelsa State who was unavoidably absent due to logistics problems.
Her prize, a high grade smart phone will be presented to her next week Thursday in Lagos.
Receiving the award, Kizito thanked Etisalat and DigitalSENSE for their innovation and said he is happy with what he won. He also said that by 13th of next month he will be going to Abuja for an NCC organized  essay competition as a finalist.
While the Star Prize winner Nicodemus said the prize is just one out of many essay awards, noting that in 2012 he emerged a finalist in the United Bank for Africa organized essay for secondary school students.
Cyriacus Nnaji/GEE
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