The five Anambra State girls from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, who represented Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, U.S.have won the gold medal in the contest.
The team, led by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu, beat representatives of other technological giants, including the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to clinch the gold medal.
Anambra was represented by five girls, namely: Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye
The world champions who are reported to be attracting a lot of attention in the world’s greatest technological hub, won the challenge with a mobile application called the FD-Detector which they developed to help tackle the challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
Under the tutelage Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Edufun Technik STEM, the golden girls spent five months researching and developing FD-Detector, which swept away 2,000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco.
Technovation is a programme that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.
In all, 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.
For achieving the feat, the girls would be attending field trips, life-changing workshops including a networking session during their one week stay in USA.
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, who personally sent them off to the U.S .in a brief ceremony had charged the girls to put Nigeria and Africa on the global technological map with their rare talent.