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Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Zenith bank plants ICT seeds with Microsoft World Championship

Zenith Bank has said it is planting the seed of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge in Nigeria through its sponsorship of Nigerian students in the global Microsoft World Championship.

The Managing Director, Mr Peter Amangbo, said this in Lagos last week, at the Annual Readmanna Award and ICT Exhibition, where prizes were presented to the Nigerian winner and participants at the Microsoft Word Championships.

The 2017 edition of the Microsoft Word Championship was held in Disneyland, California, United States of America, where a Nigerian student, Katrina Eta, won the third place.

Amangbo said that the bank was doing this through its commitment to the sponsorship of Nigerian students at the global competition.

Amangbo, who was represented by Mrs Wumi Ogunbiyi, a general manager in the bank, said that the bank’s partnership with Readmanna, the organisers of the championship in Nigeria, had further improved ICT knowledge among Nigerian students.

He said that the bank was happy with the increased participation of Nigerian students in the global competition and promised that the bank would not relent in its efforts.

Miss Katherine Eta, the Nigerian student, who came third in Microsoft Word 2017 Championship, said she aspired to be the best world Microsoft office specialist.

The 16-year-old student of Childville School, Ogudu, Lagos, said she she was happy to make Nigeria proud.

The girl, who said she planned to study Computer Engineering, said: “My aim is to be the best in the world and I will not relent on my efforts. I feel great to have represented Nigeria in the competition in the US.”

“I am also happy to come third in the competition, I’m happy to make my country, my parents, my school, myself and everybody proud.”

Eta said she planned to save the prize money won in the competition for her future education to assist her parents.

Mrs Edna Agusto, the Managing Director, Readmanna Empowerment Initiative, said the aim of the competition was to promote proficiency in basic computer literacy aligned to global standards through ICT competitions.

“This is a global competition that challenges students to demonstrate their proficiency in the use of Microsoft word, PowerPoint and Excel.

“It is open to all students aged between 13 and 22 years enrolled in an academic institution,” she said.

Agusto said the national championship conducted annually by ReadManna in Nigeria was held over a period of seven months between August 1, 2016 and April 30 with about 882 entries from 20 Secondary Schools in Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Kwara and Abuja.

According to her, the competition ended with 112 out of 161 students shortlisted for national competition certified in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

Agusto thanked the management of Zenith Bank for its decision to grow the Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in Nigeria.

She said that this would make every Nigerian student to know the importance of acquiring basic digital skills at early ages.

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