e-Business Life Communication Limited and New Horizons

e-Business Life Communication Limited and New Horizons
24 May
Until 24 May

e-Business Life Communication Limited and New Horizons

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As part of the events preceding the 2018 International Girls in ICT Day celebration, eBusiness Life Communication, publishers of eBusiness Life Magazine, in partnership with foremost IT training institute in Nigeria, New Horizons, hosted participating students to a one-day free training on Coding, which was followed by a competition among the students.

The training was a hands-on, practical tutoring on the basics in Scratch, a segment of Coding. The instructor, a seasoned ICT lecturer, took the students through the basic principles of creating an active environment using tools from the relevant App.

The competition was meant to select the best schools after the training and award them commendation plaques and prizes.

Two Senior Secondary School 1 (SS1, an equivalent of Grade 10) students each from 9 schools participated in the training/Competition. The Schools were chosen randomly from both private and public schools within Lagos State and environ. The schools include Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School; Baptist Girls Academy; Victoria Island Senior Secondary School; Kuramo Senior College and Faith Academy, Canaanland. Others are Peaklane College; Grace High School; Lagoon Secondary School and Reagan Memorial Baptist College.

At the end of the competition, Grace High School (a private school) came tops, while Victoria Island Senior Secondary School (a public school) and Peaklane College (private school) came second and third respectively.

The six (6) students that represented the three (3) winning schools received their gifts on the D-Day of the event.

The students were also treated to refreshments and a pep talk on the need to equip themselves on relevant ICT skills by the convener of the event, Mrs Ufuoma Emuophedaro.

According to some of the accompanying teachers from the schools, the training exercise has further exposed the students on some of the skills they need as they choose a carrier in ICT.

The training/competition was held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in the training room of New Horizons institute, fully equipped with ICT training infrastructure.

e-Business Life Communication Limited and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), MTN Nigeria, Globacom Limited, Vodacom Business Nigeria, SystemSpecs, VDT Communications, TD Mobile and BudgIT.


Africa, Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria

100 participants

The Grand Finale of the seventh edition of the International Girls in ICT Day in Nigeria was celebrated on Thursday, May 03, 2018 by e-Business Life Communication Limited. The date was different from the global date because some schools in Nigeria were still on the Easter vacation as at April 26, 2018, while a few had just resumed.

The event took place at the Lagos Oriental Hotels, Lekki-Lagos as usual.  A total of 100 Senior Secondary School (SS1) Girls (equivalent of Grade 10) from 10 schools attended from both government (public) and private schools across Lagos state.

The theme of this year’s edition was : “Becoming an ICT Supergirl.”  Activities of the day included talks by the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs, and various women from the companies that sponsored the event.

These seasoned professionals took time to demystify careers in technology and made the young girls see why a career in technology is worth considering by telling their own stories. This also made the girls see first-hand women who have succeeded in the ICT industry.

There was also a Quiz competition, which was focused on the STEM subjects. Prizes were presented to the first three winners of both the quiz and those of the Coding competition, which took place the previous day.

In continuation of what we began in 2013, the induction of deserving women ICT professionals into the Tech Women Hall of Fame (Award Ceremony); three women were inducted this year for their roles in the development of ICT in Nigeria. They include, Nnenna Nwakanma of Web Foundation, for her role in the advocacy for tech development through open access in Nigeria; Dr. Ola Brown, Founder of West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, ‘The Flying Doctors Nigeria,’  For her role in furthering the cause of healthcare in Nigeria through technology; and Adanma Onuegbu, CEO, Signal Alliance for her being a role model in ICT Career development.

From the feedback forms filled out by the students and guests, participants at the event unanimously agreed that ICT is not made for the male folk alone. They also urged that more awareness be created among our budding young girls so they can bridge the gender digital gap with passion in whatever they do.

A video of the event is available here : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jnKrnEdjpTg.

e-Business Life Communication Limited and Vodacom Business Nigeria


Africa, Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria

20 participants

Every year, after the D-Day celebration of the international girls in ICT Day, eBusiness Life, in partnership with a sponsor of the event, takes some students on a technology Field Trip to the company’s operation site.

This year, the winning schools for the Coding and STEM Quiz competitions had the privilege of visiting the facility of Vodacom Business Nigeria.

19 students from the two winning schools converged at the premise of the telecommunication operator and were taken around the facility. The field trip was preceded by a classroom mentorship session that involved both male and female management team of the company.

The attending schools were Lagoon Secondary School, which won the STEM Quiz competition and Grace High School, winners of the Coding competition.

After the security drill by the company’s Head of Security, the students were introduced to the operations of Vodacom Business by the Commercial Director.

Vodacom Business Nigeria, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vodacom Group, is a leading pan-African corporate connectivity and telecommunications provider. The company provides services to the continent's largest businesses in sectors including oil and gas, retail, banking, mining, distribution, and tourism; helping them stay connected across Africa, and to the rest of the world.

Its core infrastructure connects over 580 million people, across more than 40 African countries and includes over 50 satellite transponders, 24 dedicated teleports and access to multiple sub-sea cable landing ports. By utilizing on-the-ground support, Vodacom provides system integration and maintenance, high-speed Internet services, pan-African data networks, Cloud and Hosting Solution, wireless broadband and international VPNs, Enterprise Voice and Internet of Things (IoT).

Its core services include the provision of Connectivity Solutions; Unified Communications; Cloud and Hosting Solution; Voice Services and Total Communications Solutions.

During the mentorship segment, Vodacom Nigeria’s Senior Manager for Product Development, Funke Atanda encouraged the girls to choose ICT- related courses which will help increase the number of women in the ICT sector in the near future. She noted that Vodacom is committed to accelerating the change needed to create relevant opportunities for women through the use of ICT, and by supporting ICT skills acquisition for young girls, bringing them into its organization and opening their minds to new technologies that exist and continue to develop, Vodacom is able to contribute its quota to this growth.

Atanda applauded eBusiness Life and the ITU for birthing the International Girls in ICT Day celebration initiative, noting that it will go a long way towards encouraging change, thus strengthening the sector while continuing to improve social and economic progression in the country.

The students were later taken around the facility and were introduced to the company's Customer Service & Operations Unit which monitors and manages its calls and operations. They were also taken through the Data Center by Vodacom Nigeria’s Head of Vendor Management Unit, Eloka Igbokwe, who explained to the students, the uses, operations and management of the Data Center and its infrastructure.

Thereafter, the students were taken out into the field where a further practical explanation is given to the process of broadband connectivity via Fibre, Satellite and Microwave. They were also educated on the components and relevance of communication infrastructures such as Masts, Base Stations and Towers.

The trip was capped by the Senior Manager, Human Resources, Jumoke Mustapha, who introduced the girls to the various career opportunities in ICT and encouraged them to go with global trends that will see them excelling in their chosen ICT career.

During the interactive session, the excited students asked questions that bordered on career, operations and future of ICT.

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