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Zain takes a giant stride on youth development in Africa

By Moses Nosike
FOR Zain, the circle has run full course as the most celebrated telecom provider in Nigeria in terms of customer service provision since it first appeared on the horizon in 2001 as Econet Wireless and through fire brand evolutions – Vodacom, Vmobile and Celtel.

It made it possible for all its subscribers to travel seamlessly without borders as one-network with a globally acclaimed innovative mobile service that provides voice and data to 69.5 million active customers and this positions it as the 3rd largest mobile operator in the world with a commercial presence in 24 countries.

In the past when subscribers worried over the change in management and name, Chief Executive Officer Zain, Mr. Bayo Ligali assured that the rebranding to Zain underlines our ambition to become one of the top global mobile telecom company by the year 2011, building on our heritage and successes in Africa and the Middle East and that assertion is a reality today”.

African and Middle East leading telecom provider, Zain Group which has won several awards amongst a global award for introducing rural telephone micro franchise programme.

However, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zain recently sponsored an academic competition  that involved 32 universities in Africa and prizes carted away by participants.

It was six gruelling months of competition, thereafter University of Ibadan (UI),emerged star winner of the 2009 edition of the Zain Africa Challenge.

The programme a fast paced televised quiz show involving universities from across countries from East, West and Southern Africa where the company has operations.

Participating in the competition for the first time, the University of Ibadan scaled every hurdle to win the international inter university Battle of Brains which involved 32 Universities in Africa.

The competition attracted tens of millions of viewers across Africa and beyond who were glued to their screens as the continent’s top students battled for the top prize and their share of over US$ 1,000,000 of cash prizes and grants made possible by Zain.However, at the end of the feat, University of Ibadan re


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