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VENTURES AFRICA – Three Nigerians have made it to the semi-finals of Google’s Africa Connected Competition, which includes a group of 20 individuals from across Africa and aims to reward a proper media demonstration of how to leverage the web to promote business and humanitarian ventures.
They include Eric Obuh, who used media streaming platform, Youtube and Google+ to raise awareness for underprivileged youngsters in Lagos’ slums, thereby attracting philanthropic aid for scholarships.
Also Eseoghene Odiete, founder of local fashion brand Hesey Designs, also made the cut for using Google+ to successfully promote her label, while Mayowa Adegbile has managed to use Youtube to grow her initiative Ashake foundation, a business school focused on providing business tools and financial assistance to widows and mothers.
“We’re excited to see good Nigerian representation, as we have 3 out of 20, among the semifinalists,” said Juliet Ehimuan, Country Manager, Google Nigeria.
“We see the stories of these three lives of Eric Obuh a.k.a. Vocal Slender, Eseoghene Odiete, and Mayowa Adegbile, as representative of the resilient nature of Nigerians to achieve their dreams. We can only but wish them well in the competition.”
Should they make it to the final 5, the technology giant will reward each individual with a $25,000 prize as well as offer them the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor, over a six-month period, to further grow their initiatives.
The competition was launched in August last year, calling entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. The semi-finalists were selected from over 2,200 entries from 35 countries.