Two Dar eggheads shortlisted for DStvEutelsat Star Awards

01Feb 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Two Dar eggheads shortlisted for DStvEutelsat Star Awards

TWO boys from Dar es Salaam’s Feza Boys Secondary School and Aga Khan Mzizima, Davids Bwana (18) and Mathew Maganga (17) respectively are heading to Lagos, Nigeria to compete in the finals of DStvEutelsat Star Awards next week.

Officials of Multichoice posing for a souvenir photo during a past DStvEutelsat Star Awards presentation ceremony

The duo beat over 50 of their peers in essay writing and poster drawing competition organized by the pay channel television network.

“The DStvEutelsat Star Awards, which started in 2011, is a competition requiring students from the field of science and technology (between the age of 14-19 years old) to write a creative essay or design a poster on a specific scientific topic,” a statement from Multichoice Tanzania Limited said yesterday.

This years’ topic was ‘Take yourself into the future as a scientist, tasked with designing a new-edge satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans. Tell us what you would call your satellite and describe the different functions and roles that it would play in the Africa of the future.’

Other schools which participated in this year’s competition are: Baobab, Dodoma, Feza Girls, Ihumwa, Kambangwa, Kibaha, Mbezi and Msalato.

“The Tanzanian winning students were selected by the judging committee which consisted of five members under the Chairmanship of Kiondo Mshana, a renowned Tanzanian veteran editor,” the Multichoice statement added.

Other members of the panel of judges included: Dr Hamis Kalegele from the Commission for Science and Technology, Dennis Shija, a lecturer from the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Johnson Mshana, a journalist and Head of Public Relations at Multichoice Tanzania and Shumbana Walwa who is Marketing and Digital Media Officer from Multichoice Tanzania.

The selected Tanzanian winners will compete against the other finalists from the remaining participating countries like Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and others.

“High-standards of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation will guide the jury’s decision on the best essay and poster. This year’s topic pushed students to envision the role played by satellite technology in the Africa of the future.

This years’ topic rather focused on how their satellite proposal will enhance development for the continent,” the Multichoice Tanzania statement added.

Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the overall essay and poster winners will be eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to Paris, France, to visit Eutelsat Satellite Facility, with the essay winner travelling onwards to see a rocket launch into space.

Runners-up will win a trip to South Africa to explore several sites as guests of Multichoice Africa, the statement concluded.

Schools attended by the four overall winners also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, Decoder and free access to DStv Education Bouquet.

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