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Two Nigerians, Ghanaian, Ugandan, Kenyan win Google Africa Connected competition

03/04/2014 14:19
Google at an event in Nairobi, Kenya graced by world technology leaders announced winners of its Africa Connected competition.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, Google listed two Nigerians as Eseoghene Odiete, a Fashion designer, and Eric Obuh, a musician cum philanthropist as winners.
Other winners include: Christopher Panford, a transporter from Ghana; Eunice Namirembe, a Physician from Uganda and Sitawa Wafula, a blogger from Kenya.
The competition, which was launched in August 2013 was organised to reward young Africans who explore the Internet to their advantage.
The statement said entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and web-lovers were asked to share stories of how the web had transformed their lives and work.
It  quoted Mrs Affiong Osuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative as saying, "There are over one billion people living in Sub-Saharan Africa and currently 16 per cent of them are online.
"With Africa Connected, we wanted to celebrate how the web is changing lives in Africa, and show how it is contributing to the socioeconomic development of the continent.
"Selecting the shortlist was no 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.
"Though there were only five winners of the contest, there were many more powerful and inspiring stories out there."
The five winners selected by a panel of judges, as well as public votes from over 2,200 entries from 35 countries, each get $25,000.
The winners would also be given the opportunity to work with Google on sponsorship for a six-month period, to further their online successes.

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