April 17, 2021


A team of teenage girls representing Nigeria has defeated teams from the United States of America (USA), Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to win the 2018 Technovation world pitch junior division in San Francisco, USA. The team Save-A-Soul from Nigeria developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country. The young Nigerian girls were selected from 2,000 mobile app developers to represent Africa at the world pitch.
This is the first time a Junior Nigerian team will emerge among the finalists to visit Silicon Valley and the Nigerian girls will be pitching their app to investors in Silicon Valley, California. Technovation is a program that invites girls to identify a problem in their communities and then challenge them to solve them by developing apps. According to Team Save-A-Soul, Nigeria has one of the largest markets for fake drugs. The teenage girls from Anambra State plan to partner with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), using the app, to tackle this challenge. The team, on Thursday night, came first at the finals after facing judges from around the world.

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Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has commended the students, on their win. On his Twitter handle, @profosinbajo, shared photos of the girls being decorated with their medals and wrote; These young ladies in Junior Secondary School, developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California. Congratulations! We are very proud of you.” Osinbajo also praised “Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, the founder of Edufun Technik STEM Center. I understand that she and her company were responsible for mentoring the young ladies. Great job!”

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