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3 Nigerian Students emerge winners of global Huawei ICT competition

Three Nigerian students have emerged the top three winners in the Global Final of Huawei ICT Competition, in Dongguan, China.

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Global ICT competition: From left, Abdulqudus Adebayo, Shaibu Usman Abbas, both Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, students; Melissa Chen Yanfeng, Director, EBG Service Huawei; Abdulqadir Babagana, ABU student; Ibrahim Garba, Vice Chancellor, ABU; Chris Mayaki, Chief of Staff to Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC; Mohammed Mustapha, Kamaludeen Umar, and Fahad Danladi, all ABU students, who represented Africa and Nigeria at 2018/2019 Hauwei Global ICT competition in China, during their arrival in Abuja.

The Nigerian students competed with 49 other teams with a total of 147 students representing 30 countries racing for the global trophy.

One of the winners, Adebayo Abdulqudus, a 22-year-old Nigerian said: “For the past eight months, we left our families, we left relatives, we left our friends, we left out social lives, and we participated in the Huawei ICT competition to win.

“Though we got the third prize at the global finals, our participation, the experience and the opportunity to learn are the most important things of all”.

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Tank Li, Managing Director of Huawei Technologies, Abuja Office, Nigeria, said: “Huawei understands the value of a good talent ecosystem which is the foundation for a smart future. In the past 30 years, Huawei has made a lot of efforts to cultivate ICT talents by sharing accumulated knowledge systems and best practices.

“Faced with the challenges of the future ICT industry, this ICT competition is part of our innovative initiatives to support and promote ICT skills. We believe that this event will inspire more students in ICT learning in Africa. This platform provides students with a world-class stage to showcase themselves and consolidate the vital ICT needed for Africa’s development.

“This March, the team of Nigerian students emerged first place alongside Tanzania, Kenya and Angola to represent Africa at the global stage to compete for the world ICT title in Huawei Technologies’ flagship ICT development programme which held in China, May 2019. The team of Nigerian students ranked number one in Africa, leading with a dominant score of 790.4, followed by Tanzania with 745.6, then Kenya with 737 and Angola with 700.8.”

The Huawei ICT Competition is a global ICT talent exchange event, which comprises of Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy universities and related colleges (Huawei ICT Academy).

Since the first Huawei ICT Contest held in 2015, the number of participants in the competition has grown exponentially and this has become one of the largest ICT events in the world. The 2018/19 event attracted more than 1,000 universities in over 50 countries around the world. The total number of students participating globally was 80,000including 28, 000 students from Sub-Saharan Africa.

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