Youths from Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya have been awarded first prize in the 2019 Atoms for Africa Youth Video Competition.
According to the statement from ROSATOM Central and Southern Africa, the winners received the highest number of votes from the jury and the general public via Facebook platform.
The competition was themed: “5th Atoms Empowering Africa”.
The first team of winners from Nigeria include: Egbe Joy, Derick Nwasor and Oghale Yome. The second winners from Tanzania comprised: Edgar John, Ritha Deusdedit and Theresia Mbuli and the third winners from Kenya are Wafula, Lukorito,Job Ogenche and Felix Kipng’etich.
ROSATOM is one of the global technology leaders that brings together nuclear power and power engineering assets, as well as design and construction.
It had in August  invited African youths to research and make videos about various nuclear technologies, their applications and benefits to Africa.
ROSATOM said winners of 2019 Atoms for Africa Youth Video Competition would travel to Russia on an all expenses paid trip in December . The statement said winners would also meet African students currently studying various nuclear disciplines in Russia.
According to the ROSATOM statement:
“‘The 5th Atoms for Africa’ online video competition for Sub-Saharan Africa youth has finally come to its finale.
After casting more than 14,000 votes online, the public chose three winners out of top 10 that were pre-selected by the jury from 66 applications.
Three teams from Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania each received over 2,000 votes and won an all-expenses paid trip to Russia.
The participants of seven other shortlisted videos will be rewarded with commemorative certificates and gifts.”
ROSATOM further stated that young people from Central and Southern Africa were invited to research on how nuclear technologies could assist in achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) on the continent.
It said the UNSDGs seeks to address poverty, hunger, human health, clean water, affordable and clean energy, industry and innovation issues of climate change.
ROSATOM said it organised the competition in conjunction with EnerConnect, the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) and South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS).
It said since inception of the competition in 2015, 36 winners had visited various state-of-the-art Russian nuclear facilities and well-known Moscow landmarks, top nuclear universities and other scientific and technological facilities.
Mr. Dmitry Shornikov, the Chief Executive Officer of ROSATOM Central and Southern Africa outlined the company’s commitment toward supporting the development of young nuclear professionals.
“One of our key missions at ROSATOM is to assist the brightest young minds from across the globe to shape the future of energy by solving global challenges.
This is a great opportunity for young people from very different walks of life who share a common passion to build a bright and sustainable future for Africa.
The idea is to discover more about various nuclear applications and their vast benefits for the region.”