Nigerian, others Win Nuclear Energy Video Competition

Nigerian, others Win Nuclear Energy Video Competition

A Nigerian, Ugenyi Igbokwe, alongside others from four African groups, has emerged a winner in the recent Atoms Empowering Africa Youth Video Competition that focused on nuclear energy.

Organisers of the competition announced that Igbokwe stood out as the ‘Special Decision Winner’ with his video entitled, ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.

The competition, which was organised by Rosatom in conjunction with the African Young Generation in Nuclear, South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and South African Network for Nuclear Education Science and Technology, produced winners from Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.

An independent jury, who cast their votes to determine the winners, adjudged Igbokwe’s video as “special,” as they declared that they were impressed with his exceptional effort and great attention to technical detail in work.

Rosatom stated that the award ceremony organised for the winners would take place in Johannesburg later this month and the winner would travel to Russia on an all expenses paid trip in late November.

It said the four teams from South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania received the highest number of votes from both the jury and the public, adding that during the award ceremony, there would be screening of the winners’ videos and a lecture about the immense benefits of nuclear energy.

The Russian nuclear energy giant announced other winners as Veronica Gouws, Koketso Kgorinyane and Naomi Mokhine from South Africa; Harriet Mphaho and Thabo Mametja, also from South Africa; while Sophia Abeid, George Bilali and Suzane Mumba, represented Tanzania.

A jury member and National Coordinator, SAN-NEST, Anthonie Cilliers, was quoted in the statement by Rosatom as saying, “I’m amazed by the quality and comprehensibility of all the videos shortlisted and have given the highest scores to six of seven of them.”

The Chief Executive Officer, Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, Dmitry Shornikov, said, ”We at Rosatom view education and youth development as a priority. The Atom Empowering Africa Video Competition is in its fourth year already. It is aimed at encouraging students to do their own research into various nuclear applications for peaceful use.

“We are happy to support youth empowerment through this competition and hope it allows more young people from sub-Saharan Africa to research into how atomic technologies can benefit all Africans.”

The competition ran from June to September 2018. Young people were invited to research and to make their videos about various nuclear technologies, their applications and benefits for Africa.

They were to post their videos online and take a chance to win an educative journey to Russian nuclear facilities and landmarks.

More than 30 students from sub-Saharan Africa took part in the contest, which produced a Nigerian as one of the outstanding winners.


Culled from: The Punch


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