Nigeria Wins Technovation Challenge In America

Nigeria Wins Technovation Challenge In America

Four Nigerian girls; Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, Nmesoma Ogbonna and Grace Akpoiroro have made Nigeria proud in far away, United States if America (U.S.A).

The girls emerged winner in the Technovation Challenge world pitch held at San Francisco, USA after they collectively developed a mobile app to tackle waste disposal challenge in Nigeria.

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Their app, which they named, ‘Discardious’ came out tops among 64 other countries that participated in the competition with 380 apps submitted.

Coordinator of the programme in Nigeria and Founder of Women In Technology In Nigeria (WITIN), Mrs. Martha Alade, told the Guardian that this years’ team was exceptional and have done Nigeria proud.

According to her, “this is the first time a Nigerian team would come first globally in Technovation World Pitch,”.

10 teams from all over the world were given the opportunity to explain their project in form of a pitch and tell their app story in a creative way.

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One of the girls, Praise David-Oku, revealed that the competition has totally changed their views of technology.  She said,“It has given our team a platform to use technology to solve problems in our community. It has also motivated us to think outside the box. It has boosted my self-confidence and helped me build new relationships and networking skills. I have met new people from different parts of the world and shared ideas. It has also made me realize that I am not too young to start achieving my goals.”

Also speaking, Sonam, one of the team members said,“it was wonderful, tough and very competitive. It was challenging for us, as we met and listened to people from different parts of the world tell their stories and share their powerful ideas."



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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at

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