Google Launches Africa Connected Contest

Africa ConnectedGlobal technological giants Google have joined the ‘Africa rising’ bandwagon by launching a competition in which entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and web lovers across the continent will share their stories of how the web has transformed their lives and work.

“Whether you’re a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, if the internet and Google tools have played an important role in your success, Google wants to hear from you,” read part of the media statement from Google.

Google’s new initiative, ‘Africa Connected; Success stories powered by the web’, aims to gather the largest collection of inspiring stories about ventures established online by Africans, in Africa.

At the launch of the competition in Nairobi on Aug. 27, the Google Lead for Africa Connected, Affiong Osuchukwu said five winners will each receive US$25,000 (about Ushs 62.5m) and will also have the opportunity to work with a Google mentor over a six-month period.

“Google wants to hear from young, spirited entrepreneurial web adopters in Sub-Saharan Africa who have a healthy disregard for the impossible and who are using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things to rise above their circumstances, change their world, and achieve success.

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African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC)

Joy FM and MyJoy Online (Ghana)

Graphic Newspaper (Ghana)

Nations Media Group (Kenya)

Thisday Newspaper (Nigeria)

Cool FM (Nigeria)




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