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The Technovation award winners

By lfeanyi Ndukwe

ANAMBRA has excelled in engaging  youths, indigenes and non-indigenes since its creation 31 years ago. The training and development of the youths on various endeavours has been of tremendous value to the society and the state has been developing  indigenous talents in all sectors from academics to agriculture, technology to arts and sciences, hospitality and tourism to aviation and sports.

  In line with his manifesto, Prof. Soludo enumerated the plans of his administration especially the ongoing skill acquisition training under the Ministry of Youths and stressed that start-up funds will be given upon completion of the training.

  He reiterated that  his administration targets to create at least 130,000 jobs per annum and create 1000 youthful millionaires every year.

  According to  Ostar Eze, a poet cum award winning journalist, Anambra government has done alot to assist the youths.

  “During Peter Obi’s second term as governor, I submitted my published anthology, ‘Circles, to a creativity project by the government and was awarded the best in the poetry category. “

  The writer of the movie, ‘The Undead’ also doubles as a creative director. He said the newly elected government can do more in grooming highly skilled youths in this dispensation.

  “I think we can do better as a state. We have the manpower and the resilience to achieve first world standard as a state. But it will take the resolve of our governor, Prof. Charles Soludo. We must as a people demand for the best and consciously play our role in achieving that best. “

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  Awka based baker, Cecilia Okafor, CEO Ceelight Cakes spoke indifferently regarding government’s involvement in training and equipping youths. She suggests that the government could structure institutions where individuals are groomed.

  “I actually got trained through a private sponsored institution. Back then, I was going through Facebook newsfeed when I came across their sponsored ads and I went through their page to confirm if they are genuine,” she said.

  The cake specialist maintained that the government has not been supportive in policies affecting the sector, lamenting the increase in prices of materials and accessories  for bakery.

  Ms. Okafor suggests that Anambra Government, led by Prof. Soludo should embark on aggressive support programs to build, train and equip young people. 

  It is interesting to note that one of Anambra’s big advantages is the regular support from high profile personalities who work in sync with state government to provide strategic platforms for the teeming youths to exercise their skills and talents.

  Sometime ago in 2018, a 16 year old, Dikanna Onuigbo had invented the machine that processes bitter leaf (Onugbu). To encourage him for his brilliance, he was with scholarship sponsorship from the Anambra state government.

  That same year, Anambra recorded another prominent representation from its youths. This time again, it was from the academic sector. Tagged from Onitsha to Silicon Valley, five beautiful girls namely; Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo, and Vivian Okoye  represented Africa in Silicon Valley, US, where they won the Technovation award after developing an app, FD-Detector (which could help in detecting fake malaria drugs). The girls received $10,000 prize money for the feat.

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  Another talent developed is the 11-year old super gymnast, Stephanie Onusiriuka. She had recently won a Gold medal at the Junior Olympics level of the African Club Championship held in Pretoria, South Africa.

  It’s no news that the Soludo administration has pledged to ensure that residents experience livable and prosperous environment. Hence, the directives to ensure all herbal practitioners register their names in the state registry. Chief Mrs Flora Nkemakonam Ifeanyichukwu Ilonzo is a prominent force who has continually saved lives with her talent in using natural herbs in healing people. ln a March 11,2021 publication by National Light newspapers, a patient by name Gaius Ejiogu, who was raised back to life by the herbal doctor was interviewed.  According to the resurrected man, he has not been to hospital since that miraculous healing in 1988.

  In the football arena, John Mikel Obi has been a reckoning force. The former Chelsea and national player has also thrown his weight in supporting youths in search and exposure of young talents in soccer.

  Like earlier mentioned, every facets of Anambra liberal society has a provision of support from both the private individuals and public sector. For years, Emeka Okonkwo, popularly known as E-Money has been hosting Uli Music Festival. This programme, which  holds in  December each year, has become a breeding and grooming ground for discovering and sponsorship of young talents in music and arts.

  Of recent, our dear governor’s daughter, Adaora Soludo, has also proven to the world that youths of Anambra can be effectual regardless of their class or status. Hence the fashion show, Anambra Fashion Week Expo. The show, expected to hold on Sept 16, will host several fashionistas and bring the international markets closer to them. This is surely a way to project Anambra’s talented youths in the sector to the world.

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