Total Nigeria announces winners of competition

Total Nigeria Plc has unveiled the winners of the second edition of the Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in Nigeria.

The company said a jury of local experts selected the winners of the 2018-2019 edition of the competition and they were presented awards at a ceremony on Wednesday in Lagos.

The competition was designed to support and reward young entrepreneurs up to 35 years of age who had a project or had established a company in the past two years, regardless of their business sector.

The winners are Ogunbanjo Olumide, Obaoye Justus and Obaoye Justus, according to a statement.

Olumide’s project, AgroData Network, promotes organic farming via community-based beekeeping providing farmers with free beehives.

Justus’s Carido Automobiles Service Technology is an on-demand automobile service technology that aggregates automobile maintenance demands through mobile devices and facilitates their fulfilment.

Aondosoo’s project, My Waste My Energy, converts rice husk waste to energy source.

Total said the entrepreneurs would receive financial support of up to N6m for the first prize to develop their projects, as well as personalised support and coaching from Passion Incubator and a communications campaign to publicise their projects.

Omotosho Oghenekevwe emerged the winner of the Top Female Entrepreneur award, a new addition to the 2018-2019 competition to support women in business, while Emmanuel Ezenwere won the Young Entrepreneur prize.

She developed an app, called ‘Isabiwork’, which helps customers easily locate the nearest artisan or service provider in their location.

Ezenwere’s Arone Aerial Services is bridging the gap between rural and urban healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa by transporting medical supplies from medical storage and distribution centres to primary healthcare centres using autonomous delivery drones.

According to the statement, the competition, which held simultaneously in 55 countries, reaffirmed Total’s commitment to social and economic development in host countries worldwide.

It said the first prize winner in each country would see their projects presented to the international grand juries that would pick the six grand winners from all the countries.

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