Nigeria’s technology company plans robotic championship for FCT Students
By Barth Ikiebe, Abuja
Nigeria’s Digital Company, Dumena Technologies, has concluded plans to hold Ai-Robotics Championship for Secondary Schools Students in Abuja.
The Managing Director and Convener, Mr. Kingsley Ezejiaku, who unveiled the plan to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday, said the Dumena Ai-Robotics championship was designed for school children aged 10-18 years.
“The Robotics Championship is a highly anticipated annual event that provides an opportunity for school children to showcase their skills in building and programming robots”, Ezejiaku stated.
Mr Kingsley Ezejiaku explained that the competition aims to inspire the next generation of engineers and technology enthusiasts by giving them a platform to collaborate and challenge themselves.
According to him, the Robotics Championship is not just about winning or losing; it is about learning and collaborating.
“Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other, and engage with subject matter experts who will be on hand to offer advice and guidance every weekend. The championship is ultimately a celebration of the creativity, innovation and emerging intelligence of Nigeria’s next generation of technology leaders”.
He added that, “Nigerian startups raise significant sums yearly, increasing our tax base, hiring
locals and developing solutions to our issues through the application of local context.
“DUMENA is thrilled to be at the forefront of talent pipeline development that ensures the continued growth of Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa’s tech ecosystem”.
“We are thrilled to announce that this year’s championship will be broadcast, allowing a wider audience to witness the incredible talent and achievements of our precious kids.
“The Robotics Championship is open to school children aged 10-18 years, and we encourage schools, teachers, and parents to encourage participation,” he added.
In his words, “the competition is a great opportunity for students to develop their technical and teamwork skills, as well as make new friends and gain valuable experience”.
Ezejiaku stated that the company is looking forward to seeing the amazing creations and innovations that the participants will bring to the championship towards building a brighter future for themselves and for the Continent.
Also speaking, Professor Bell Ihua, a co- convener, said, “We are bringing the students together in order to create solutions to problems faced by people in Nigeria and Africa through the Championship.”
Professor Ihua expressed their readiness to partner with government agencies to develop the IT sector in Nigeria.
Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of Ventures park, Jayeola Okuazun, assured that the collaboration with Dumena Technologies will result in discovering talents that will rule the IT sector for economic development in Nigeria.
“Another vibrant sector that can contribute to Nigeria’s GDP is Technology, away from Oil and Agriculture,” Okuazun remarked.
Our Correspondent reports that the competition is organised by Dumena’s team of experienced educators and that those interested in getting their school on the Championship, for this and subsequent editions, can register through https://bit.ly/robotics-championship-register.
This year’s competition is the maiden edition, with participants from all over the Federal Capital
Territory coming together to compete in the designing, building and programming of robots.
The championship will be held over a three-month period, February to April, 2023 and will include weekend-on workshops, exhibitions, and online classes with seasoned robots.
The grand finale will be held on April 29th 2023.