I am a finalist in the ARDYIS Youth Essay Contest: How I made it !!

It was the very first of it’s kind; The ARDYIS Youth essay  Contest which focused on Youth, ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development aimed at identifying innovative solutions to challenges faced by youth in agriculture and rural areas using Information and Communication Technologies.
The essay contest which was open to young people, aged 18 – 25 years old, from urban or rural areas of Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific countries attracted 180 youth applications and only  12 finalists from the six regions were shortlisted. I was among the Young women and professionals who applied and I answered the question on “How young people are using ICTs innovetatively in Agriculture” with a case of a young fruit grower Mr. Gilbert Egwel from Northern Uganda in Apac district.

On 13th October 2010, the Finalists were announced and saying that I was happy would  be an understatement. I must say that I was humbled being among the best in Eastern Africa . The list of the finalists is………….

West Africa:
– Inoussa Traore (Burkina Faso)
– Itodo Samuel Anthony (Nigeria)
Central Africa :
– Dolly Angela Ngandjou Mela (Cameroon)
– Gabriel Dacko Goudjo (Cameroon)
East Africa
– Chris Ngige Mwangi (Kenya)
– Maureen Agena (Uganda)
Southern Africa
– Gerald Musakaruka Mangena (Zimbabwe)
– Isaac Chanda (Zambia)
Caribbean
– Samantha Kaye, Denise Christie (Jamaica)
– Tyrone Christopher Hall (Jamaica)
Pacific
– Riten Gosai Chand (Fiji)
– Ruben Nui (Papua New Guinea)
The jury and organizers warmly congratulated finalists. As specified in the rules of the competition, the
winners will be announced after the evaluation of oral presentations of the short-listed essays by their authors in front of the jury. These oral presentations will take place in South Africa on 22 and 23 November 2010, as part of the CTA/NPCA Week events organized by CTA and the NPCA (NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency) from 22 to 26 November 2010. The 6 winners of the contest will be
announced on 24 November 2010. One winner per ACP region, and an overall winner, will be selected.
The six regional winners will each receive a sum of Euros 1,000 (Regional Prize), along with other rewards. The overall Winner will be selected from the regional Winners and he/she will receive an additional sum of Euros 500 (ACP Prize).
CTA will cover the 12 finalists’ costs for the trip and stay in South Africa. They will take part in one seminar of the CTA/NPCA Week to strengthen their capabilities and interact with other players. CTA and its partners thank and congratulate all participants in the essay contest. Apart from finalists, outstanding participants will have the opportunity, among others, to take part in an Exchange and Training Workshop on Web 2.0 for Development in 2011. The essay contest is one of the activities organized by CTA to commemorate the International Year of Youth established by the United Nations.”