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DStv Eutelsat Awards: First Female Astronaut To Chair Jury

• Essay and poster winners to be announced on 7 February in Lagos
• About 6,000 secondary school students have entered the Awards competition since 2011
• The sixth edition shows sustained interest from African learners aged 14 to 19
Staff Writer:
A former astronaut and French Minister, now special advisor to European Space Agency’s (ESA) Director General, Claudie Haigneré has accepted to chair the prestigious Jury of the DStvEutelsat Star Awards, according to a statement from MultiChoice.
This is the first time a woman takes on the role, a strong incentive for young women to live up to their full potential, it added.
Claudie Haigneré will preside over an international panel of skilled industry experts, alongside government and academic world members: Ronke Bello, CEO at Innovative Technology Literacy Services Ltd (Nigeria), Rodney Benn, Regional Director for Africa at Eutelsat, Melt Loubser, GM: Broadcast Technology MultiChoice Africa, Elizabeth Ohene, journalist and former Minister of State to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (Ghana), Prof. Stephen Simukanga, Former University of Zambia Chancellor and now Director General of the Higher Education Authority, John Ugbe, Managing Director: MultiChoice Nigeria and Jenerali Ulimwengu, well known writer, columnist and lawyer (Tanzania).
Paving the way for Africa’s bright future
High-standards of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation will guide the jury’s decision onthe best essay and poster. This year’s topic pushed students to envision the role played by satellite technology in the Africa of the future.
The academic and career paths of previous winners prove thatembracing science and technology fields is a source of inspiration that canunlock opportunities for Africa. To name a few, 2014 Zimbabwean essay winner Joseph Mahiya is currently enrolled in a programme run by the Mastercard Foundation. The scholarship isfor an undergraduate degreein Computer Science with Software Engineering as well as Electrical Engineeringstarting August 2017at West Virginia University in the USA. Eva Chemgorem, the 2012 poster winner is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Economics at Daystar University, Nairobi and will soon pursue a minor in International Relations. She hopes to use her education to shape policy and economic development in Kenya and the rest of world.
Who will follow in their footsteps? Next winners to be revealed on 7 February! In 2010 MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat combined their expertise to initiate an annual pan-African student competition called the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards.

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