Nigerian Students Win Big At ICT Competition In China

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Four teams from Nigeria have secured two grand prizes and two first prizes at the Huawei ICT Competition 2023-2024 Global Final held in Shenzhen, China, on May 26.

At the competition designed to help students enhance their ICT knowledge and practical skills, the Nigerian teams emerged as part of 19 teams from nine countries that won the Grand Prizes of the Practice and Innovation Competitions.

This 8th edition of the Huawei ICT Competition, themed “Connection, Glory and Future,” attracted more than 170,000 students from over 2,000 universities and colleges across more than 80 countries and regions, making it the largest offline competition since its launch.

More than 160 teams, consisting of over 470 contestants from 49 different countries and regions, made it through national and regional competitions to reach this year’s global final.

The Nigeria team, comprising four students from the University of Ibadan – Rufus Olusoji Adisa, Tolani Adekunle Adisa, Chibueze Emmanuel Ibekwe, and Lawrence Chukwuemeka, won the grand prize in the Computing Track category.

In the Cloud Track category, another Nigeria team also from the University of Ibadan won the grand prize. The students include Lukman Oyeniyi Abdulyekeen, Sodiq Babawale, and Temiloluwa Oloye.

Two teams from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, also won first prizes in the Network Track category. Students in Team 1 include Knimi Bakna Musa, Kaosar Salaudeen Ahmad, Taiye Ayantola, and Oluwagbemiga Victor Ogundele, while Team 2 consists of Justus Ilegieuno, Yusuf Olanrewaju Toye, and Jamiu Damilare Dahunsi.

The Nigerian students beat thousands of competitors at the national level competition, testing a range of practical and theoretical digital skills, and represented Nigeria at the regional level contest where they qualified for the finals in China.

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Speaking at the event, the President of Huawei’s ICT Strategy and Business Development Department, Ritchie Peng, described ICT as the cornerstone of the intelligent world.

“ICT is the cornerstone of the intelligent world. Through the Huawei ICT Competition, we aim to provide students with a global platform to compete and exchange ideas.”

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