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Ugandan Student Declared Runner-up in DStv Star Awards

The winners of this year’s DStv Eutelsat Star Awards were announced last evening during a ceremony held in Nairobi, remedy store http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/module-headings.php Kenya, mind that also celebrated rising student interest in science and technology.

The fifth edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, information pills organized by MultiChoice and Eutelsat, reached a record participation with nearly 2,000 entries from 18 countries.

The winner in the essay category, Ayawen Asuinura from Ghana won a trip to Paris and onwards to a launch site to witness a rocket blast into space to place a satellite into orbit.

This is the first win in the essay category for Ghana that has already produced two winners in the poster category.

The Runners up included Uganda’s Benjamin Ibanda from Kings College Buddo, who came second in the poster category of the competition.

This category was won by Mallon Marume from Zimbabwe who scooped the first prize for artistic creativity and will visit Eutelsat in Paris to understand how satellites are operated and piloted in space and the many ways they benefit users.

Four winning schools attended by the overall award winners and runners-up were also rewarded with a DStv installation, including dish, TV set, PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

Paolo Nespoli, an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut chaired the jury of the Awards for the third year in a row, assisted by an international panel of skilled industry experts: Ronke Bello, CEO at Innovative Technology Literacy Services Ltd, Nigeria; Dr Jane Munga, Policy Advisor, Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and Research, Kenya; Dr Perkins Muredzi, Dean of School of Industrial Sciences and Technology, Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), Zimbabwe; Melt Loubser, GM: Broadcast Technology, MultiChoice Africa and Rodney Benn, Regional Director, Eutelsat.

Commenting on the entries, Paolo Nespoli said: “As the Jury Chairman of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards over the last three years, I confirm that this year’s entries reaffirm the high standard of this unique competition. The quality and creativity of the finalists’ essays and artwork underscore the deep interest of Africa’s young generation in science and technology. I am truly honoured to be part of a competition that reveals some of Africa’s future thought leaders.”

 

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