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Monday, October 30, 2017

USPF Changemaker 2017: Team Nicademia emerges 1st prize winner

The 2017 edition of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) Changemaker Challenger ended at the weekend with the emergence of Nicademia team as star prize winners, reports ITRealms.

The event which held at Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Lagos,  an outlet of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); with the team comprising Chidinma Ezekwe, Valentine Ubaluo, Seriki Toluwalese, topping the list of finalists.

The Nicademia team, ITRealms gathered, developed educative cartoon application for easier learning of arts and cultures in different native languages and in English for the children. This could best be described as “African inspired cartoons made in Nigeria.”

ITRealms reports that Nicademia emergence followed pitching of the platform to the panel of judges among over 200 others.

The Nicademia team also went home with the sum of N1,000,000.00  star prize in addition to accepting participation in incubation programme . The Team Jiggle and Kano Magenta  respectively emerged second and third places with N750,000 and N500,000 prizes in that order.

ITRealms equally gathered that some  226 applications from the six geopolitical zones of the country were received for the contest by the judges including Prof Olusegun Okunnu, Mr. Yele Okeremi, Mr. Chinenye Mba -Uzoukwu, Dr Mrs. Amina Sambo Magaji and others were

Earlier in his address to the occasion, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta reiterated NCC’s resolve to measure development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria which speaks to the principle behind the creation of the Universal Service Provision Fund.

The EVC represented by the Head, USPF Strategy and Corporate Performance Monitoring unit, asserted that despite the remarkable success of the competition, NCC would continue to promote application of local innovation processes in ICT to boost employability of Nigerian youth, connection of government to the citizens, education and business entities for accelerated actions aimed at improving growth and development of the country.

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