Red carpet for award winning Nigerian teens in London
By Olabisi Adesina
London, Sep 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-September 3rd, 2019 was a day of honour and celebration for five Nigerian teen, students of CEDEC International Secondary School, Apapa, Lagos State, Nigeria in far away London
They were recognised for their educational brilliance and awarded as one of the finalists of the British International Education Association (BIEA) 2019 International STEM Youth Innovation Competition where they excelled among 34 participating countries
The awardees, Phebe Joshua, Jennifer Olisama, Ekene Umegakwe, Abraham Aniekwe and Prince Opara were celebrated for exceptional research work. Specifically, the Nigerian teens focused their project on using drones to protect endangered African wild dog which impressed the Juries by their standard of research and creativity.
The Nigerian teens, 3 boys and 2 girls, aged 15-17, delivered a detailed presentation of their research project in the presence of intimidating audience comprising representatives from BIEA, Born Free Foundation, Royal Air Force Museum and Nigerian High Commissioner was on hand to honour the students
In an exclusive interview with Alternativeafrica.com in London, Helen Hu, one of the organisers of the competition, the judges were very impressed by the level of research the Nigerian and African representatives incorporated into their top level presentation which highlighted the situation of African wild dog
The elated Nigerian High Commissioner, Ambassador Oguntade congratulated the exceptionally youngsters for demonstrating their intelligence and brilliance in their research and for making Nigeria proud.
“We are very proud of you for emerging finalist out of 34 countries that participated in the competition. Your research lend crescent to the fact that Nigerians are naturally intelligent and can excel in any field of endeavour
I do know very well that the sky is not your limit but a stepping stone. I therefore urge you not to falter but to remain focused and determined to reach greater height
At these young ages, you’ve already map a niche for yourself, i have no doubt that you will become celebrities in no distance time
Nigerians are all over the world contributing immensely in science, technologies, engineering and mathematics, I foresee you becoming one of them in future. Once again, please accept my heartfelt congratulations
The competition, was designed to raise the level of technological enthusiasm among students from all over the world as well as to stimulate students’ passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“The competition builds bridges between science, technological innovation, education, and young people across a variety of industries” Helen said
The competition held every summer with a new science and innovation theme picked every year began in 2018 and was only open to British students .
The 2019 edition is the first international competition, with student teams from around the world taking part with specific focus to design and develop drones in bid to protect wild and endangered animals.