Nigerian students win in African tech competition


Four Nigerian students have won a bronze medal in Tunisia at the recently held African International Festival of Science and Technology competition (IFES).

The students, Ugwuishi Meshack Ogonna, Chuka-Umeora Anthony, Machi Dominic and Nwachukwu Daniel all attend St John’s Science and Technical School, Alor, Anambra State participated in the Physics aspect of the competition, emerging third out of the 31 participating countries.

The students achieved the feat with two devices they called the Adaptable Alternative Power Supply for Sub-Saharan Africa which is a single, fully-packaged solar technology and another noiseless inverter system all locally sourced and produced by them.

Their school manager, Reverend Dr Francis Unegbu, who accompanied them to the competition disclosed that about 251 projects were showcased at the competition from 40 countries across the world.

The event featured a scientific competition in different areas aimed at developing the innovative skills of young scientists and encouraging them to apply their imagination and creativity in solving problems in their environment. gathered that other students between the ages of 15-24 from countries like Canada, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, China, Sweden, Ukraine, Malaysia, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Tunisia and South Africa also participated.

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The 9-day festival took place in Monastir, Tunisia from 21st to 29th March this year.

Receiving the students upon their return from the trip at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend Valerian Maduka Okeke, said the gains of returning mission schools to the church in Anambra State had been in multiples.

Represented by the Archdiocesan Chancellor, Reverend Prudentus, Emeka Aroh, he said the archbishop was very much concerned about the formation of young people which explains the reason he doesn’t spare anything in deploying the best of human and material resources to the mission schools in the archdiocese.

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