By Aginam Emeka
Google has announced Thursday that 2 Nigerian universities; University of Lagos and University of Ibadan have emerged finalists in the 2012 edition of its annual Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC).

According to Obum Ekeke, Google’s Regional Program Manager for University Programs & Outreach in SSA, the 2 universities were part of the 11,000 students from 86 countries/territories such as the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, South Africa. “The competition this year was very stiff, and being one of the teams to make it to the semifinals and finals is no little feat”. The students and their lecturers put in their best and have been rewarded by this announcement”.

The Google Online Marketing Challenge is a global competition that was established to help prepare students studying courses such as advertising, e-commerce, integrated marketing communication, management information systems, marketing or new media technologies in the area of online marketing. It gives the students an opportunity to compete on an
international stage.

“We are very delighted that Nigerian Universities are rated amongst some of the best in this competition and congratulate the schools, the lecturers and the students. We will continue to support Nigerian universities as they prepare the students to take on the future” said Juliet Ehimuan Google Nigeria Country Manager.

The students and lecturers whose teams made it to the Finalist and Semi-Finalist categories are:  Finalists teams from Africa: University of Ibadan, Nigeria Team: Akomolafe Oladeji (Lecturer), Oladipo Oluwaseyi, Olukayode Didunoluwa Olamide, Oyeside Olalekan, Alagbe Olarenwaju, and Aiyelari Temilolorun

University of Lagos, Nigeria Team: Adeyanju Olusiji Ayoade (Lecturer), Longe Olubusayo Anuoluwapo,Obanor Chukwuwezam, Babalola Hisa, Abdussalam Mariam Oluwakemi, and Fadeyi  Ayoola Idris.

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