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$25,000 for five entrants in Google’s ‘Africa connected’ competition

Five successful entrants will win $25,000 each, and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a six-month period to further their business success in Google’s ‘Africa connected’ competition

In the competition, Google hopes to find the most inspiring stories in Africa about how the web has transformed the lives and business ventures of its users – Africa, get connected!

Entries are expected to close on 31st October 2013 in many entries including  Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses.

“From Madagascar to Morocco, from big metropoles to rural villages, from photographers to community activists, we’ve already received hundreds of submissions about how people are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to overcome hurdles and be successful.  There’s less than a month to go before the competition closes, so if you have a great story that you haven’t yet told us about, we definitely want to hear from you” Affiong Osuchukwu, Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative, said.

For Juliet Ehiamuan-Chiazo, Country Manager, Google Nigeria, “We’re hoping to see strong Nigerian representation in the competition entries.  We already know about many inspiring success stories, like those of Asurf and Afrinolly, but we know there are lots more out there. The judges are looking forward to seeing a diversity of submissions, including from technology, agriculture, energy, fashion, education and entertainment.”

A great example of Africa’s talent is Chike Maduegbuna, owner and creator of Afrinolly, based in Nigeria. Afrinolly is a popular mobile app, which lets people across the continent watch short videos on their mobile devices. This app has transformed Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry by creating a movie trailer platform for new audiences. With over 3 million downloads already since its launch in August 2011, Chike hopes this will create a platform that connects aspiring film professionals with global film industry veterans.

20 lucky semi-finalists will be interviewed and will have the opportunity to create a short promo video. Judges will then narrow it down to 10 finalists, from which 5 winners will be chosen, based on public online voting. Winners will be announced in March 2014.


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