Nigerian Clinches British Council Innovation Prize, Mentorship With Richard Branson

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ENTERPRISE54Mr Nasir Yammama, a Nigerian postgraduate student of Creative Technology at Middlesex University UK, has emerged winner of the 2014 British Council Enterprise Challenge competition out of over 2,000 contestants with hisknowledge sharing farming mobile application.

Nasir who currently lives in London where he is Lead IT and Creative officer for Greenshield of Nations (GSN), an award winning multinational NGO focused on renewable energy, rural development and environmental protection, had a mentoring session with Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson, as his winningprize and would be attending Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

I was very delighted when I received a letter notifying that I’ve emerged the first place winner of the competition in UK. But then, such delight always comes with a certain responsibility,” he said.

The British Council, in a statement posted on its website noted that “Nasir’s ability to think outside the box and develop digital solutions to everyday problem has earned him the respect of his peers and prizes at various international competitions.”

What struck us about Nasir was that unlike a lot of young people his age, he is actively thinking about solutions to Nigeria’s current problems and he has taken a different perspective to what he believes this solutions might be,” the panel of judges said.

Mr Yammama trumped the intensely contested competition with a farming support application under development, which will provide farmers with information on weather, farm management etc for optimal production and sound business decisions.

Mr Nasir Yammama, a man of numerous works notably, exceptional inventions in technology, is an alumnus of Informatics Academy of Information Technology and hails from Malumfashi, in Katsina state where he attended Government Secondary School, Minna, Niger state.

He’s a recipient of many IT competitions across the globe such as Digital Peers International’s ‘Digitest’, first place in interdisciplinary category in Mtnadao Afrika, Oracles Thinkquest, among others.

 

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