By Princewill Ekwujuru
After six grueling months of competition, University of Ibadan (UI), has emerged overall 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 operation.
Participating in the competition for the first time, the University of Ibadan scaled every hurdle to win the international inter university Battle of Brains involving 32 Universities in Africa. Tens of millions of viewers across Africa and beyond were glued to their screens as the continentâ€™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.
For the feat, University of Ibadan received the star prize of a US$ 50,000 grant from Zain, with each of the team members receiving the sum of US$ 5,000. Second placed Kenyatta University, Kenya carted away the sum of US$ 35,000, while its team members went home with $3,000 each. All the other schools that participated in the tournament received varying grants ranging from $5,000 to $35,000.
The prizes were handed out at a colourful prize presentation ceremony in Abuja, Nigeriaâ€™s capital city. The event attracted top dignitaries from across government and business circles. Led by the Honourable Minister of Education, Dr Sam Egwu, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, guests included Senator Joy Emordi, Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Honourable Farouk Lawan, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Education and Honourable Dave Salako, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Communications.