It was a day of triumph for Nigeria last Tuesday when Emmanuel Ochenjele, a Benue-conceived adolescent, was declared champ of the notice classification of the sixth DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards.
It was the first run through in the historical backdrop of the opposition that a Nigerian would win one of the two classes of the opposition which challenges understudies matured 14-19 to compose articles and plan blurbs on satellite-related subjects.
In past releases, DSTV Nigeria used to commend the best passages from the nation which did not win on the mainland organize.
However a week ago, when the honors was holding in Nigeria surprisingly, a Nigerian was named champ of the blurb classification.
Leoul Mesfin of Ethiopia won the paper classification.
They were respected at an elegant supper held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island after a seven-man board of judges drove by Claudie Haigneré, Europe's first female space traveler, screened the sections that made it to the last stage.
Mesfin's paper on how new age satellite would profit Africa's improvement got acclaims from judges in light of his treatment of mainland and nation particular needs.
Ochenjele's publication was pronounced the best for the way he portrayed how satellites could help address issues like a worldwide temperature alteration, preservation, vitality supply, while demonstrating how all such progressions are made for the advantages of man.
The student of Zamani College, Kaduna, will visit Eutelsat Satellite Company in Paris to see how satellites are worked, and a satellite industrial facility, while Mesfin will visit Paris to witness the dispatch of a rocket into space to put a satellite into space.
Davids Bwana from Tanzania, runner-up in the paper class, won an outing for two to visit MultiChoice offices and the South African National Space Agency close Johannesburg, while Aobakwe Letamo from Botswana was the runner up in a similar classification.
The schools of the four champs got DStv establishment, including dish, TV set, PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.
The opposition pulled in more than 1,000 sections from 20 nations.
Claudie Haigneré, who is additionally a unique counsel to the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), said the judging procedure was straightforward as the board did not know who claimed the works until the victors were chosen.
She communicated charm at judging the sections.
She stated: "Partaking in the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards interestingly has been just a mind-evolving knowledge, particularly as the current year's point was especially testing. The visionary thoughts on Africa's future satellite scene created in expositions and blurbs underscore how Africa's childhood anticipate that innovation will drive positive change for their mainland. The Jury occupied with exceptional talks to grant the most practical and inventive proposition that should emerge on the African stage. Our congrats go to every one of the finalists for their work and to the champs for their splendid thoughts."
Perpetual Secretary, Ministry of Communication Technology, Mr. Sunny Echono, who declared the champs, applauded the nature of sections.
"To my psyche, this 6th release indicates maintained enthusiasm from African adolescents, adding crisp force to the mission shared by MultiChoice and Eutelsat to urge youthful personalities to emphatically change their reality by means of imaginative thinking in science and innovation. This can be bore witness to by the quantity of Ministries, Departments and Agencies exhibit at this occasion."
Source - The Nation