MANZINI NAZARENE RUNNERS-UP AT JA AFRICA REGIONAL COMPETITION
BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI
After winning the national Junior Achievement (JA) competition, Manzini Nazarene has hoisted Eswatini flag high as they got second prize in the JA Africa Regional Competition in Accra, Ghana.
The competition started on Wednesday with pupils presenting before a panel of judges who were from Africa, Europe and in the USA.
Manzini Nazarene pupils impressed the judges with their innovation of a voting system; through their compa- ny called Nazware Innovations.
On Friday, when the competition was coming to an end, Nazware Innovations emerged the runnersup after JA Nigeria scooped first prize.
Worth noting is that JA Nigeria was winning the prize for the first time in their 20 years of existence, whereas JA Eswatini has won the competition four times in the last seven years.
Speaking shortly after the awards ceremony, Nazwere Innovations CEO Sizolwethu Maphanga said even though they were expecting the first prize, they were still happy that their efforts were recognised in this competition.
She further said the fact that JA Eswatini had won four awards in this competition is testimony to the fact that they did their best. Sizolwethu won the Best CEO award for her outstanding leadership skills.
The teacher accompanying the pupils, Sabelo Dlamini, was happy that they won more awards than any team in the competition. He further mentioned that they were winners by nature and they can only get better from this experience.
Dlamini said he would encourage his team to go on with their product and register a business so that this great idea would not die but create economic opportunities for the pupils.
JA Worldwide CEO Asheesh Advani congratulated JA Eswatini for being a consistently best performer in the JA Africa Competitions over the past seven years.
He said this speaks to the quality of the JA programme in Eswatini.
He encouraged Manzini Nazarene to come back even stronger next year as it is known now that JA Eswatini is always the team to beat in this competition.
Sizolwethu Maphanga all smiles after winning the JA Africa Best CEO Award.