Nigerian Teenage Girls Win Global Technovation Competition In Silicon Valley
In what we'd describe as a stunning upset, a team of junior secondary school girls (Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye) from Anambra state defeated teams from the US, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to win the 2018 Technovation World Pitch junior division in San Francisco, USA.
Every year, the Technovation pitch event gathers teams of girls from around the world, who have built tech to address pressing problems in their communities, such as gender violence, autism, speech disabilities, gender inequality and more.
Honored to announce Junior Gold Scholarship winning team Save A Soul, whose app FD-Detector will prevent countless lives in Nigeria from being lost to fake pharmaceutical drugs. #WorldPitch pic.twitter.com/ayqg190Ms4— Technovation (@technovation) August 10, 2018
The five girls, together called "Team Save-A-Soul", developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country — the app can confirm the authenticity and expiration status of a pharmaceutical drug by scanning the barcode.
According to Team Save-A-Soul, Nigeria has one of the largest markets for fake drugs, and a key part of their pitch was their intention to partner with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to tackle this challenge.
They were selected from 2,000(!) mobile app developers to represent Africa at the world pitch.
This is the first time a Nigerian team will emerge among the finalists to visit Silicon Valley, and the girls have not only won scholarships, they will go on to pitch their app to investors in Silicon Valley, California.
And we are so proud of those girls, because we know that they did it despite the Nigerian educational system, not because of it.
But as usual, the opportunists have come out of the woodwork. Our leaders,
our own customized principalities and powers the people who are responsible for the rotting educational system in Nigeria, reared their ugly heads to congratulate these tech queens — knowing damn well they did absolutely nothing to help.
These young ladies in Junior Secondary School, developed a mobile application called 'FD Detector' to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) August 10, 2018
Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California.
Congratulations! We are very proud of you. pic.twitter.com/SFFVvP88JB
Congratulations to the innovative young women of Team Save-a-Soul, who have made the whole nation proud by coming first in the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in San Francisco, USA. The sky is your limit! https://t.co/eLeORSY3Nf— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) August 11, 2018
Warmest congratulations to these 5 young girls for winning GOLD in the World Technovation Challenge in San Francisco, USA, They invented a mobile application -FD Detector to help tackle the challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. Nigeria is indeed proud of you all. pic.twitter.com/bRDixeoxVT— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) August 10, 2018
"Nigeria is indeed proud of you all". Lol, please.
By Olanrewaju Eweniyi, published on 14/08/2018