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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Meet the teenage girls who emerged winner at the Global Tech Competition; gets congratulated by Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo

Regina Pacies Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra state, the Igbo tribe and indeed the country Nigeria has been made proud by the team of Nigeria teenagers, Team Save-A-Soul, who emerged winner of the junior division of Technovation Challenge at the 2018 Technovation World Pitch summit in California.

The girls –  Promise Nnalue, Vivian Okoye, Adaeze Onuigbo, Nwabuaku Ossai and Jessica Osita were mentored by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu of Edufun Technik and participated in the competition organized by Iridescent, a non profit organization empowering underrepresented young people globally to become leaders and innovators.

Here is the girls' pitch:

Junior division winners, Team Save-A-Soul, hopes to help consumers identify and avoid the intake of fake drugs in Nigeria using its app, FD-Detector (Fake Drug Detector). According to Team Save-A-Soul, Nigeria has one of the largest markets for fake drugs. The girls plan to partner with the agency responsible for drug regulation in Nigeria, the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control.

“Leveraging technology to save lives is our utmost priority, that is why we have decided to maximize this opportunity to solve the incessant rate of death caused by fake drugs,” said Team Save-A-Soul.

Reacting to the girls' victory, Acting president Yemi Osinbajo in a tweet congratulated the girls. He wrote: 

 “These young ladies in Junior Secondary School, developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. They won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California. Congratulations! We are very proud of you”.

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