In Abuja on Thursday, November 28, 2019, the ‘geeks’ did not only rock, but they also ruled supreme! One of the definitions of the word ‘geek’ in the Cambridge Dictionary is “someone who is very interested in a particular subject and knows a lot about it”. Others may say that the word is for the ‘unpopular’ version in all of us.

Whichever you may choose to swing with, Thursday was a day for the ‘smart geeks’ and to top it all, the ‘day’ continues for one lucky winner! MTN Nigeria hosted the country’s elite in academia and ICT to the inaugural edition of its Academic Research Development and Innovation Challenge (ARDIC) at the Nile University, Abuja.

The Challenge was created to help young motivated researchers in Nigerian Universities to build and develop their research ideas into sustainable products and initiatives. In addition to financial support, the winners will also enjoy six months of incubation.

Fourteen finalists from across the country were selected from hundreds of entries on different issues such as economic and commercial issues and innovations with high social impact. With a panel of experienced ICT and tech innovators ready to assess all they had, each finalist presented their research works.

After hours of stimulating solutions that could really stem actual problems in the country, Itoro Akpan, Zainab Ishaq Musa, Toyin Oshaniwa, Ibitoye Ayodeji, Taiwo Amoo and Angela Chika walked off the podium with the winning prizes of a million naira each!

This would help me scale up and do more with my research and implement it. We got really good feedback from the judges and this feedback would help me do better. After this, I look forward to starting as soon as possible” Zainab Ishaq Musa one of the winners, explained while trying to control her emotions.

This is definitely the beginning of new things in the intellectual space and we love to see it.

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