Nigeria National Competition Highlights

Nigeria National Competition Highlights
August 28, 2014 National Competitions 0 comments
  • National Champion:
    Ekiti State University
  • Second Place:
    Kaduna Polytechnic
  • Third Place:
    Ahmadu Bello University
  • Fourth Place:
    Federal University of
    Technology Owerri
  • Fourth Place:
    Tai Solarin University
    of Education

This year’s Enactus Nigeria National Competition was a week-long celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit and the positive impact that an entrepreneurial mindset can make in the future of the country. Held at Eko Hotels and Suites Convention Center in Lagos from 15 to 18 July, the event included not only the national competition, but also the second annual Innovation Summit, which looks at innovation from concept to market to uncover new trends and possibilities for Nigerian youth to develop and export home grown technology to other parts of the world.

This year, the Summit’s theme was “Social Innovation: An effective tool to combat poverty”, and it focused on the role of innovation in driving entrepreneurial success and fostering positive change for people living poverty. The list of speakers and panelists who participated in this year’s event was impressive: Hetal Shah, Chief Operating Officer MARA Group; Charles Ifedi, CEO Verve International; Dr. Mairo Mandara, Country Representative Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Tayo Olosunde, Founder, E-Green Limited; Obinna Okezie, Founder and CEO Wakanow.com; Otto Orondaam, Founder Slum2School Africa; Ayodeji Adewunmi, President and CEO Jobberman; and Modupe Ajibola, Founder and CEO OTG Playa.

Sponsored by Sahara Group, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, KPMG Plc, Verve International, and Mansard Insurance, it’s no surprise that the event received extensive electronic and print media coverage over the week, in publications such as National Mirror, The Guardian and New Telegraph Newspaper.

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Clearly this event resonated with students in the Enactus Nigeria program, as 1,300 attended the event and 30 teams competed in the competition, which took place over three rounds. In the end, the final five teams presented their outreach initiatives to 29 final round judges, and the over 1,450 people in attendance watched as Ekiti State University was crowned the national champion. Judges were impressed with their Tech4Life project, which was designed to address the challenge of low yields faced by rice farmers of the Igbemo community in Ekiti state in southwestern Nigeria. To help the farmers optimize the production potentials, the team produced and introduced the local farmers to moringa folia spray, a naturally sourced product that serves as an effective substitute to expensive and non-ecofriendly chemical fertilizers. Implemented in four communities, a total of 140 farmers have been empowered with information and resources to improve their farming processes, reduce the cost of farming, and increase output, sales and profits, all of which leads to an improved quality of life and standard of living.

This video highlights many of the Nigerian teams: