By Moses Nosike
Five Nigerian Universities have qualified to fly the countryâ€™s flag in this yearâ€™s edition of Zain Africa Challenge, Africaâ€™s top television quiz show involving 32 Universities across the continent.
The institutions that qualified for Season IV of the Zain Africa Challenge include: University of Ibadan (UI); University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka; University of Abuja; University of Maiduguri and University of Jos (UNIJOS). The five Nigerian Universities will compete against 28 other Universities in Africa for this seasonâ€™s trophy.
The schools emerged tops after a highly competitive National Qualifying Tournament (NQT) held at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja, on January 6th involving 16 Universities across Nigeria.
For students of the University of Ibadan, the qualifying tournament brought back special memories as its representatives, once again, showcased amazing intellectual ability, easily earning one of the five slots for Nigeria.
With the qualification, UI will not only represent Nigeria at the International Festival in Ugandaâ€™s capital, Kampala later in the year, but will defend the highly prized trophy it won last season. Last year, UI conquered 31 Universities in Africa to emerge winner of the Zain Africa Challenge Season III.
The 16 Universities, which participated in the National Qualifying Tournament (NQT) of Zain Africa Challenge, were selected by the National Universities Commission (NUC). They included Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bowen University; Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Katsina State University (now Musa Yarâ€™ Adua University, Katsina).
Others were Niger Delta University; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife; University of Abuja; Ambrose Ali University; University of Calabar; University of Jos; University of Maiduguri; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Federal University of Technology, Akure; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Lagos, Akoka and University of Ibadan.
Speaking at the NQT, Emeka Oparah, Zainâ€™s Head of Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility said the Zain Africa Challenge is tangible expression of Zainâ€™s brand philosophy of â€œa wonderful worldâ€, which undergirds its relationship with its esteemed customers.
Oparah added that it was a special experience that Nigeria, in its first participation in the tournament last year, brought back the winnersâ€™ trophy, adding that the countryâ€™s representatives at this yearâ€™s tournament again has all it takes to win the trophy back-to-back.