Nigerian Girls Can Code Competition comes to an end

The Nigerian Girls Can Code Competition comes to an end. The competition, initiated by the Nigerian Communications Commission and hosted at Innov8 Hub, held for a period of 3 days. The Nigerian girls can code competition was created for girls in secondary schools with interest and talent in robotics, artificial intelligence and coding.

After the participants presented their projects in the presence of judges, they were asked relevant questions on their respective projects and subsequently appraised. Afterwards, the students anxiously awaited the announcement of the results.

A cross section of some of the participating schools and their students

The award ceremony held on the 3rd day of the event, at the headquarters of the NCC. The opening remark at the event was made by the Executive Commissioner, Engr. Ubale Maska. In the keynote address by Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, he commended the initiative and its positive effect on gender balance. The keynote speaker also encouraged the girls to achieve more in their quest of innovation and creativity. A speech by the technical facilitator from Innov8 Hub Mr. Newton Monye, followed; leading to the moment when the winners were announced.

In the quest to reward all participants, the organisers of the Nigerian Girls Can Code Competition gave a basic cash award of 200,000 Naira to all participating schools. The Ambassadors School from Ota in Ogun state, finished in 3rd place and was awarded a cash prize of 500,000 Naira. Federal Government College Maiduguri, finished in 2nd place and was awarded a cash prize of 1,000,000 Naira. The moment arrived for the winner to be announced, amid nerves around the hall. At-tarbiyyah STEM school came 1st overall and was given a cash prize of 1,500,000 Naira.

In his goodwill message, the chairman of the board of commissioners, NCC, Professor Adeolu Akande lauded the initiative. He spoke on the philosophy of gender inclusiveness by the NCC in their flagship programmes.

Images of the Nigerian Girls Can Code Competition’s top 3 winners in ascending order

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