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Press Release: Paradigm Initiative announces Ajegunle Legacy Project Award and Scholarship winners

Monday, 04 March 2024: The future of four brilliant students shines brighter after they secured scholarship opportunities under Paradigm Initiative’s (PIN’s) Ajegunle Legacy Project to further their studies. The winners were unveiled following a careful screening process undertaken by the organisation over a period of four months.

They were recognised and celebrated at Paradigm Initiative’s headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria during a ceremony also attended by their loved ones, the selection team and PIN Board member, Dr Oluseyi Adebayo Olubi. 

The male awardee for the Taiwo Bankole Award is Anthony Maduamaka Ihejiamatu, a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. In the female category is Adeniran Esther, a student of Project Management Technology at The Federal University of Technology Akure in Nigeria.

For the advanced software training scholarship (Ajegunle Legacy Scholarship), the candidates selected by the panel are Ogar Gideon Robert in the male category and Idowu Sarah Sylvester in the female category.

In April 2023, the organisation launched the Ajegunle Legacy Scholarship as a way of giving back to the community and recognising notable individuals who played an important role in PIN’s early beginning in Ajegunle. The scholarship was named after the area to support resident youth/students in securing university education.

The Project has two arms. The prize arm and the scholarship arm. The prize arm supports two young persons (one male and one female) from low-income families resident in Ajegunle to acquire university education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or Law annually. The prize is named after the late Taiwo Bankole Ogunyemi, one of the foremost volunteers at PIN’s digital inclusion program (now known as the LIFE Legacy Program). This award is aimed at immortalising the late Ogunyemi’s name for his role in improving the lives of young people across Nigeria, especially in Ajegunle. 

The scholarship arm on the other hand supports two young persons (one male and one female) from low-income families residing in Ajegunle to get advanced software development training annually.

About PIN

Paradigm Initiative, which has for more than 16 years been connecting young under-served Africans with digital opportunities and ensuring protection of their rights online, started operations in the area in 2007 in a tiny cybercafé known as Stadnet before expanding its footprints across Africa.

The organisation, which advocates for digital rights and inclusion on the continent has offices in Cameroon, Kenya Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe from where it coordinates its operations across Central, East, Southern, West Africa and beyond.

PIN has impacted the lives of more than 150,000 under-served African youth with improved livelihoods through digital opportunities and protection of their online rights.

LIFE Legacy is a digital inclusion program that equips young Africans living in under-served communities with demand-driven ICT and Entrepreneurship skills and connects them to internships, online work, or entrepreneurial ventures with a high possibility of earning immediate and sustainable income. 

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) builds ICT-enabled support systems and advocates for digital rights in order to improve the livelihoods of under-served young Africans. The organisation, which also has partners in more than 27 African countries, has worked in communities in Nigeria since 2007 and across Africa since 2017, building experience, community trust, and an organisational culture that positions it as a leading non-profit in ICT for Development and digital rights advocacy and inclusion on the continent. 



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