By Emma Elebeke
DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, the pan-African competition sponsored by MultiChoice and Eutelsat Communications, records a milestone as over 1,000 entries from high school students across Africa were received for this year’s edition of the contest. The competition, now in its second year, is designed to provoke thinking on how innovation and satellite technology can propel Africa into the future.
MultiChoice Africa’s Regional Director East Africa, Stephen Isaboke said he welcomed the choice to host the awards in Dares Salaam:
“We are privileged to host these awards in Tanzania. It will be a proud moment at the gala awards function when two of Africa’s brightest stars will take the world stage and represent the continent overseas as they make their way to a launch site for an incredible opportunity to watch a rocket go into space and to visit Eutelsat’s head office and satellite facilities. We wish the finalists all the best in the last stretch of the competition.”
According to the sponsors, Patrick Baudry, a French astronaut born in Douala, Cameroon and a member of the fifth NASA Discovery mission, is expected to chair this year’s jury.
Speaking on behalf of the jury, Patrick said: “We are committed and passionate about the development of high-tech skills for young people and honoured to play a role in shaping young minds and encouraging ambition. We look forward to judging the ideas and creative thinking by the finalists in Dar-es-Salaam on 22 November and to assigning this year’s prize.”
“We are astounded by the talent we see emerging through this competition. As founding sponsors of this initiative with MultiChoice, we are delighted to showcase a new generation of African creativity and to see last year’s winning poster by Michael Yeboah go into space on the Ariane rocket flying our latest satellite,” said Joaquim Pereira de Lima, Regional Sales Director for Africa at Eutelsat. With the closing of entries for the year, the grand finale will hold in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania on November 22.
Eutelsat Communications is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With 29 satellites covering Europe, Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia and the Americas, it is a leading satellite operator.