Three Nigerian students from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) have finished in 3rd place to be among the top three winners in the Global Final of Huawei ICT Competition.
The conclusion to the final and the competition, on 26th of May, held at the company’s new headquarters in southern China city of Dongguan, saw the team comprising of the three Nigerian students compete with 49 others. A total of 147 students representing 30 countries competed for the global trophy.
There were four first-prize winners , from China, Malaysia, Peru and Algeria while participants from Nigeria won the 3rd prize, thus becoming the only winning team in the 5 Southern Africa representative teams.
Director of Huawei Technologies (Abuja Office), Nigeria, Tanki Li said in the past 30 years, Huawei has made a lot of efforts to cultivate ICT talents by sharing accumulated knowledge systems and best practices.
“We believe that this event will inspire more students interest in ICT learning in Africa. This platform provides students with a world class stage to showcase themselves and consolidate the vital ICT needed for Africa’s development,” he said.
According to him, the team of Nigerian students ranked number one in Africa, led with a dominant score of 790.4, followed by Tanzania with 745.6, then Kenya with 737 and Angola with 700.8, allowed them represent the continent at global stage. He said that Huawei hopes to attract more ICT universities and colleges, government organisations, industry organisations, training partners, and companies to participate in and jointly enhance the digital skills of students for educational and industrial transformation.
“In order to achieve the goal of technology excellence and relaying far-reaching goals, Huawei will continue to do a good job in the formulation of talent standards, the builders of talent alliances, and the disseminators of talent value, and build a benign ICT talent ecosystem.”
The vice chancellor of ABU, Professor Ibrahim Garba, who led the team to China told journalists on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport that before the team embarked on the global competition, it had already become champions of Sub-Saharan Africa. He said despite the limited resources available the students were able to compete with the best in the world.
“I pity my boys because they went with very limited preparation, from the environment that is limited with resources and infrastructure and we’re able to compete with the best of the best in the world,” he said.