Five female students from the Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha who represented Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge which held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US, emerged winners in the contest.
The girls defeated representatives of other technological giants including the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to clinch the gold medal.
The five brilliant girls: Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye, developed a mobile application called ‘FD-Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria with Mrs. Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, as their mentor.
115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.
This is not the first time Nigerians will be winning the challenge, back in 2015 four brilliant girls: Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, Nmesoma Ogbonna, and Grace Akpoiroro emerged winners at the contest. They developed a mobile app to tackle waste disposal challenge in Nigeria. They pitched their app called, ‘Discardious’.