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InterswitchSPAK 5.0: Nine Emerge as Finalists in a One-on-One Battle of STEM Brilliance

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Africa’s leading digital payment and commerce company, Interswitch has announced the nine finalists competing for their share of N12.5 million worth of scholarships in the 5th edition of the InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition slated to hold on Sunday, January 21, 2024.

As a key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Interswitch Group, the InterswitchSPAK competition aims to inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects among senior secondary school students. This milestone edition commemorates the fifth anniversary of the competition, symbolizing Interswitch Group’s steadfast commitment to advancing STEM education across Africa.

From a pool of 81 outstanding students from various secondary schools across Nigeria who have competed head-to-head to showcase their speed, perseverance, accuracy, knowledge and problem-solving skills in STEM subjects, the participants have whittled down to the top nine finalists.

The nine finalists include: Best Isijola, from Oritamefa Baptist Model School, Oyo State; Ayobami Ibigbami, from St. Gregory’s College, Ikoyi, Lagos State; Emmanuel Omoegbelaghan from The Cresent International School, Ogun State; Emmanuel Angelo-Hyuwa, from The Ambassadors College, Ogun State and Akinola Mofifoluwa, from The Ambassadors College, Ogun State.

Others are Jesse Obed, from Graceland International School, Rivers State; Abraham Daramola, from Hallmark Secondary School, Ondo State; Otana Agunbiade, from OAU International School, Ile-ife, Osun State, and Raphael Ogwanighie, from St. Finbarr’s College, Lagos State.

These finalists have exhibited exceptional brilliance across various STEM subjects throughout the highly competitive phases of the show, and they will be vying for the coveted prizes in what promises to be an intense and gratifying grand finale.

The first-place winner will be rewarded with a university education scholarship, valued at N7.5 million that spans five years, inclusive of a monthly stipend, a brand-new laptop, and the bragging rights as the best STEM student in Nigeria.

The second-place winner will receive a N4 million university education scholarship spread over three years, including a monthly stipend, and a brand-new laptop. The third-place winner will be rewarded with a N1 million scholarship spanning an entire year of university education. 

Culminating in USD6 million worth of prizes over the last 5 years between Nigeria and Kenya, the prizes stand as a testament to Interswitch Group’s dedication to recognizing and rewarding excellence in STEM education.

Speaking on the milestone edition of the InterswitchSPAK competition in Nigeria, Mitchell Elegbe, Founder and Group Managing Director, Interswitch Group, expressed the company’s delight in witnessing the exceptional performance and dedication of the participating students.

He said “The InterswitchSPAK initiative is not just a competition but a transformative journey that empowers young minds to envision, pursue and secure a future in STEM, ultimately contributing to innovative initiatives and development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”

In the same vein, Cherry Eromosele, Executive Vice President and Group Marketing and Communication Officer, Interswitch Group, emphasized Interswitch’s pride in witnessing the commendable talent and grit exhibited by the top nine finalists. She highlighted that this stands as a testament to the promising future that STEM education holds for the youth of Africa.

“InterswitchSPAK reaffirms our dedication to nurturing and empowering the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers and it is aimed at bridging the gap in STEM education in Nigeria and across Africa at large” she remarked.

She further said that the grand finale promises to be a celebration of academic excellence as these young STEM champions compete for the ultimate recognition and life-changing rewards.

In anticipation of the grand finale, the show continues to air on DSTV Africa Magic Family Channel 154 every Sunday at 6:00 pm with a repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm on the same channel. Alternatively, you can watch the broadcast on AIT Network every Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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Cryptotimes Africa and 4 Other Crypto-Focused Publications shaping the narrative of cryptocurrency in Africa

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It’s no doubt that Africa has emerged as a hotbed for cryptocurrencyadoption and innovation. With a growing interest in digital assets andblockchain technology, several publications have sprung up to cater tothe information needs of crypto enthusiasts across the continent.Among these, Cryptotimes Africa stands out as a leading source of newsand insights on the African crypto scene. Let’s take a closer look atCryptotimes Africa and five other noteworthy publications that areshaping the narrative of cryptocurrency in Africa.1. Cryptotimes AfricaAs the name suggests, Cryptotimes Africa is dedicated to covering allthings crypto-related on the African continent. From news updates andmarket analysis to interviews with industry experts, this publicationoffers a comprehensive view of the rapidly evolving crypto landscapein Africa. With a focus on promoting blockchain adoption and financialinclusion, Cryptotimes Africa serves as a valuable resource for bothnewcomers and seasoned veterans in the crypto space.2. Bitcoinke.ioBitcoin Africa is another prominent publication that provides in-depthcoverage of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Africa. With a teamof experienced writers and analysts, Bitcoin Africa deliversinsightful articles, guides, and reviews to help readers navigate thecomplexities of the crypto market. Whether you’re interested intrading strategies, regulatory developments, or technologicalinnovations, Bitcoin Africa has you covered.3. TechnextTechnext is a broad tech publication with a strong focus on Africanstartups, innovation, and trends, coverage includes articles onblockchain technology, cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin, and theirapplications in Africa.4. Tech CabalTech Cabal focuses on providing in-depth analysis and reporting on theAfrican tech ecosystem, including funding rounds, investment trends,and interviews with key players. While its primary coverage is notsolely focused on cryptocurrencies, Tech Cabal features insightfularticles on blockchain technology, cryptocurrency adoption in Africa,and the regulatory landscape. Targeting investors, entrepreneurs, andprofessionals working in the African tech sector, Tech Cabalcontributes valuable insights to the broader conversation on cryptoinnovation in Africa.5. NairametricsNairametrics is a financial and business news platform with a focus onthe Nigerian economy and markets. While covering a wide range offinancial topics, Nairametrics includes articles on cryptocurrenciesas an investment asset class, analysis of their impact on the Nigerianfinancial sector, and regulatory updates. Targeting investors,business people, and those interested in the financial sector inNigeria, Nairametrics provides valuable insights into the evolvinglandscape of cryptocurrencies in Africa’s largest economy.In conclusion, Cryptotimes Africa and the aforementioned publicationsare playing a crucial role in shaping the narrative of cryptocurrencyin Africa. By providing reliable news, analysis, and educationalresources, these platforms are empowering individuals and businessesto participate in the digital economy and seize the opportunitiesoffered by blockchain technology. As the crypto revolution continuesto unfold, these publications will undoubtedly remain essential guidesfor enthusiasts and professionals alike.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Speaker Obasa Congratulates Muslims

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  • urges patriotism for national prosperity

As Nigerian Muslims celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr with their counterparts across the world, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, says he joins other faithful in their steadfast belief that Almighty Allah will listen to their supplications and meet their needs at this time.

Dr. Obasa’s prayer came in his congratulatory message to Muslims for having the divine privilege from Allah to partake in the Ramadan.

According to Obasa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, the Eid-el-Fitr is not just a time to eat and be merry, but a day dedicated for thanksgiving to God for the strength and passion He has given the Muslim faithful.

“It is a day to reflect on the blessings and opportunities that have been granted by Allah just as it is a period to engage in acts of charity and love to one another.

“As emphasised in the Holy Book, Muslims are advised to give at this period and beyond. They are urged to share love and be compassionate while having the consciousness of Allah’s mercy upon us all.

“I congratulate Muslim faithful both in Lagos, Nigeria and the world for the successful conclusion of the Ramadan while praying that Allah hearkens to all our supplications throughout the period with the faith that He will continue to bless our state and country,” the Speaker said.

Obasa urged the citizens to mark the festival rededicating their lives to God and doubling their patriotism to the country for national prosperity.

“We all must continue to work hard as we build a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu while upholding the lessons that Ramadan brings.

“As Nigerians, regardless of our religious beliefs, we have a country that we aspire to see. We all have to make the country achieve that greatness by being more patriotic and working with the government.

“In the same vein, it has been an upward progression for Lagos. The result of the effective collaboration among the arms of the government is very obvious.

“At the House of Assembly, our pro-people direction has resulted in legislation, motions and resolutions that have brought happiness to the residents of our state. We promise to continue to build on our successes.

“On behalf of my family, colleagues at the House, the management and staff of the Assembly, I wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a beautiful celebration,” Dr. Obasa said.

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Gov AbdulRazaq commiserates with CJ Adebara over father’s death

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq sends his profound condolences to the Chief Judge of Kwara State Justice Abiodun Ayodele Adebara and the people of Shao on the death of the CJ’s father, Pa Adebara Adio Durodoye Dogo.

Pa Adebara, 98, commanded the respect of all in Shao and environs for his industry, leadership, and huge contributions to the development of his community as a foremost businessman who founded the popular Abulesowo Amuludun Sand Association, according to the Governor.

Governor AbdulRazaq says the late businessman left salutary legacies in the sand of times, as can be seen in the quality of his children and his impacts on the people.

On behalf of the government and the people of Kwara State, the Governor sends his condolences to the Shao community, the Ajakitipa chieftaincy family, and to the immediate and extended families of the patriarch.

He asks God to repose the soul of Pa Adebara and to give fortitude to the illustrious family he left behind.

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