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27 September 2019

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New Horizons unveils six-year-old Nigerian Microsoft specialist

A six-year-old Nigerian student, Damilare Akano, has emerged Africa’s youngest Microsoft specialist in the Certiport international certification examination organised by New Horizons Nigeria.

A statement on Sunday said Akano came tops in the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016 examinations with a score of 871 out of 1000 points during New Horizon’s just concluded summer camp held in Lagos recently.

It added that a 10-year-old boy, Toluwalese Kwaku, came second with a score of 825 while Kolawole Akano, an eight-year-old, scored 800 points.

New Horizons said the three winners alongside 200 other students participated in a month-long summer camp tagged ‘Nextgen IT Experts’ organised by and were trained in various ICT courses such as Microsoft, multimedia, robotics engineering, drone technology, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and coding.

With this performance, the company said Akano, a primary one student, had become the youngest in Africa in 2019 to attain the professional height and one of the youngest in the world to achieve the feat. Read the full article on Punch here.

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Announces Appointment Of New Senior Fintech Advisor

Ecobank Group (https://Ecobank.com), the pan-African bank, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs. Aissatou Djiba Diallo, formerly of Microsoft, as its new Senior Fintech Advisor to strategically raise Ecobank’s support for the fintech sector.

In her new role Djiba will lead the Group’s fintech initiatives and advise senior management on the banking group’s fintech strategy. Her appointment is an important step in the ongoing implementation of the group’s broader digital strategy and demonstrates Ecobank’s commitment to playing a major and high-profile role in helping Africa’s innovative fintech sector to achieve significant global market share.

Prior to joining the Ecobank Group, Djiba was the Head of Innovations at Microsoft4Afrika, where she built the strategy to identify, support and attract key African fintech start-ups and partners to the Microsoft Cloud platform and oversaw 50 countries. Before that she was Marketing Manager and Partner and Strategy Program Lead for West and Central Africa, Microsoft.

Speaking on the appointment, Eddy Ogbogu, Group Executive, Operations and Technology, noted that “Djiba’s appointment represents an important step in the overall Ecobank Group’s fintech and digital agenda. The expertise, passion and innovation she brings to the role will allow us take the next crucial steps on our path to further cementing our position as Africa’s leading digital bank.”

A large part of Djiba’s role will focus on growing the bank’s flagship annual fintech initiative – the Ecobank Fintech Challenge and Ecobank Fintech Fellowship – through which the Ecobank group has promoted Africa’s most promising fintech start-ups. The programme provides selected fintechs with the opportunity to fast-track their growth by gaining a commercial partnership and product integration with Ecobank’s pan-African platform and unified ecosystem. The Challenge and Fellowship has been run for two years (2017 and 2018) and is poised for an enhanced third edition in 2020.

Source: Africa News