The fifth edition of the “Atoms for Africa” online video competition for Sub-Saharan Africa youth has ender with Derick Nwasor and Oghale Trust Yome from Nigeria emerging winners. The second place went to John, Ritha Deusdedit and Theresia Mbuli from Tanzania, while Wafula Lukorito, Job Ogenche and Felix Kipng’etich from Kenya played third.
This year, young people from Central and Southern Africa were invited to research how nuclear technologies can assist in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) on the continent. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals address poverty, hunger, human health, clean water, affordable and clean energy, industry and innovation as well as climate change, to name but a few. The competition was organized by Rosatom in cooperation with EnerConnect as well as the African Young Generation in Nuclear and South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society.
Gaopalelwe Santswere, AYGN Interim President and SAYNPS Executive Chairperson highlighted that over past 10 years, more and more African countries began to explore various nuclear technologies as viable options that contribute to sustainable development. “Countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia are all currently actively exploring various nuclear technologies to solve a number of issues hampering development.
Mr. Dmitry Shornikov, CEO of ROSATOM Central and Southern Africa outlined the company’s commitment towards 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”. He added: “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 to discover more about various nuclear applications and their vast benefits for the region”.