A team of three students from Abeokuta Grammar School in Ogun State has emerged the national winner in the Social and Innovation Category at the just concluded National Pitch Event for the Diamond Challenge.
The global competition was created in 2012 to advance innovative entrepreneurial ideas that could change the world from high school students across the globe.
Its maiden edition was hosted in Nigeria by TedPrime Hub in Partnership with Youth Development Centre of the President Olusegun Obasanjo Library in Ogun state where it was held.
It featured shortlisted 15 teams and schools from Ogun, Oyo, Lagos, Edo, Ebonyi and FCT, a statement from TedPrime Hub said.
The National winner and Global Semi Finalist with other top winners in 28 cities of the world would in April 2019 converge at the Horn Entrepreneurship Summit in University of Delaware to compete for the top three global prizes.
Justice Nigeria is a social innovation concept designed to address teenage sexual menaces including assault, rape, molestation and child labour.
The team designed a dedicated website, www.justnig.org.ng to connect the victims between 8-17 years and their saviours such as counsellors, lawyers and human rights activists for counselling or prosecution.
Head of Global Partnerships for TedPrime Hub Nigeria and Representative of University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship Team, Ayodele Odeogbola explained that the top winning teams across the globe would compete for the global prizes of the sum of $11,000, $9,000 and $5,500 respectively as well as networking opportunities.
Technical and Operations Lead of TedPrime, Olalekan Adeeko who presented the cheque of $2,100 In-kind Package to the winning team, charged the team to prepare to bring the trophy of excellence back home come.
Team Maternal Care from Jakande Senior High School, Lagos and Team Make Nature Friendly also from Abeokuta Grammar School also emerged National second and third respectively.