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Nigeria Breaks Record Again, As School Girls Win Gold in World Technovation Challenge in US

Valentine Chinyem

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A team of five Nigerian female teenagers on have emerged winner of the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California, United States.

The five girls who are all students of Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra State, represented Nigeria and Africa in the competition.

The girls known as Save-A-Soul, were picked from 2,000 mobile app developers across Africa to represent the continent at the World Stage; they developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country.

Their State Governor, Willie Obiano had charged them to put Nigeria and Africa on the global technology map, in a brief ceremony before they left the US and that is what they have done, as they beat USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to clinch the gold medal.

The girls

The girls whose names are;

1. Promise Nnalue
2. Jessica Osita
3. Nwabuaku Ossai
4. Adaeze Onuigbo
5. Vivian Okoye

Were congratulated by acting president Yemi Osinbajo in a Tweet, he said; “These young ladies in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California. Congratulations! We are very proud of you.”

The girls receiving their medals

Technovation is a programme that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.

The programme which invites girls to identify a problem in their communities, and proffer solutions to them by encouraging them to develope Android applications that would address such problems.

In this year’s edition, 115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams were selected as finalists.

The girls would also be pitching their application to investors in the Silicon Valley.

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