Technology giant Google has introduced an amazing competition worth $25,000 (N4 Mil!) just for Africa! It is calling on all entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and web-lovers in Nigeria and across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. Whether you’re a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, if the internet and Google tools have played an important role in your success, Google wants to
hear from you.
Categories for entries include: Education, Entertainment/Arts/Sports, Technology, Community, NGOs and Small Businesses.
About this competition, Affiong Osuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative says:
Google wants to hear from young, spirited entrepreneurial web adopters in Nigeria and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa who have a healthy disregard for the impossible and who are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to rise above their circumstances, change their world, and achieve success. We want to showcase the amazing achievements happening in the new Africa
20 semi-finalists will be selected from initial entries to take part in
an interview and to produce a short promotional video. A judging panel
made up of Googlers and external judges will then determine the 10
finalists. The 5 winners, in whose lives the web and Google have played
a pivotal role, will then be selected by the online voting public.
It is so refreshing to see young Nigerian adults jumping on this bandwagon. One of such people is Nigerian judge radio personality / fashion photographer Temilola Balogun:
The internet is truly helping to reshape the story of Africa, and Nigerians are some of those taking full advantage of its power. Whether you are in technology, agriculture, energy, fashion, education, or entertainment, if the web has transformed your life, and you believe your venture can be scaled up, then the judging panel is looking forward to hearing your story.
Submissions are open from August 27, 2013 to October 11, 2013. The
competition will run until February 2014 when the winners will be
What are you waiting for? Best of luck everyone and may the best men/women win!
Peace and cupcakes xoxo
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