3 Nigerian web developers have made it to the semi-final round of Google’s Africa Connected Competition.
Google released yesterday the list of 20 innovative, entrepreneurial web adopters from across sub-Saharan Africa who made it to the semi-finals of Google’s Africa Connected competition.
Google named 3 Nigerians, Eric Obuh, Vocal Slender, Eseoghene Odiete of Hesey Design and Mayowa Adegbile, founder Ashake Foundation alongside 17 other web entrepreneurs from Africa.
The competition was launched in August last year, calling entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web-lovers to share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work. The semi-finalists were selected from over 2,200 entries from 35 countries.
Five successful winners will cart away $25,000 each, and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a six-month period to further ensure their online business success.
The competition categories included Education; Entertainment/Arts/Sports; Technology; Community and NGOs; and Small Businesses.
Eseoghene Odiete used Google Products to promote his brand as a young entrepreneur, creating international awareness for his fashion label.
Eric Obuh raised awareness about underprivileged youngsters in the slums of Lagos with Google+ and YouTube, thereby raising financial aid for the scholars and encouraging school attendance.
While Mayowa Adegbile initially used YouTube to post an appeal o raise funds for her initiative, a business school for widows and mothers, giving them the tools to make a living and support their families. Since then, she has identified AdSense as an important part of their business curriculum.
Google Lead for the Africa Connected initiative, Affiong Osuchukwu disclosed that at the onset Google received over 2,200 entries from a diverse set of 35 countries across the continent, ranging from Mali to Uganda to Namibia.
According to Osuchukwu, each of them demonstrated how people are using the web and technology to overcome challenges, do extraordinary things, and be successful, not only for themselves but also for others in their communities.
He said “selecting the 20 semi-finalists was tough, but we were really impressed with their initiatives, and wish them the best in the next round”