The Anambra State Government has offered scholarship to the schoolgirls who became global champions in World Technovation Challenge in United State, up to university level.
The girls from the Regina Pacies (Catholic) Secondary School, Onitsha — Jessica Osita, Promise Nnalue, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo, Vivian Okoye and Igboke Oluebube Miracle — who shocked the world at the World Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley the United States were recognised by their home state government.
Governor Willie Obiano offered scholarships to the girls “for doing the state and the country proud at the world stage.” They also received monetary gifts of One Million Naira each.
Director of the school and the teenagers’ mentor, Reverend Father Vincent Ezeaka and Mrs Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, who led them to the finals of the competition got two million naira each.
Although the details of the scholarship were not disclosed, The Guardian reliably gathered that the state government is willing to offset their tuition fees, accommodation, feeding and other necessities until the completion of their first-degree programmes.
The award was part of a reception held at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia to mark the 27th Anniversary of the State. Parents and teachers of the students, federal and state lawmakers, as well as state government functionaries, attended the event.
The six students had developed an application called the FD-Detector capable of detecting fake drugs in Nigeria. Their entry had bested more than 2000 others to reach the global finals in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, the United States, where they defeated other finalists like the US, China, Korea, Turkey, Spain, among others to clinch the gold medal.
Speaking on behalf of her other colleagues in a telephone conversation with The Guardian, Jessica, who wants to own the biggest pharmacy in the world had listed the professional dreams of her other colleagues thus: “Promise Nnalue wants to become a surgeon and medical doctor; Adaeze Onuigbo wants to be an economist; while Okoye Vivian would become a Computer Scientist. Nwabuaku Ossai plans to become a Pediatrician; Miracle Igboke wants to be a medical doctor and motivational speaker”.