Nige­ri­ans, oth­ers bag N4m in Google com­pe­ti­tion

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

Two Nige­ri­ans and three oth­ers have made it to the fi­nal stage of the Google Africa Con­nected com­pe­ti­tion, a con­test or­gan­ised to re­ward young Africans who ex­plored in­ter­net space to their ad­van­tage.

The five lucky win­ners are Tim McGuire (South Africa), Nqo­bizitha Mlilo (Zim­babwe), May­owa Adeg­bile (Nigeria), Lamine Mbengue (Sene­gal) and Steve Kyenze (Kenya).

An­nounc­ing the win­ners at an event in Nairobi, Google Lead for the Africa Con­nected ini­tia­tive, Af­fiong Osuchukwu, said: “There are over 1 bil­lion people liv­ing in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa and cur­rently 16 per­cent of them are on­line.

“Se­lect­ing the shortlist was not an easy task: each win­ner shares a unique per­spec­tive of how they have used the in­ter­net to solve a prob­lem, earn a liv­ing, or cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties, not just for them­selves, but also for oth­ers around them.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, Google awarded $10,000 to the win­ners to help grow their ven­tures and ini­tia­tives for greater so­cial and eco­nomic im­pact.

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