Four Nigerian students have won the Bronze Medal at the International
Festival of Engineering, Science and Technology which took place in
The nine-day festival took place in Monastir, Tunisia from 21- 29th
March 2019. It was organized for students aged between 14-24 years
from 40 countries and featured a scientific competition in different
areas aimed at developing the innovative skills of young scientists
and encouraging them to apply their imagination and creativity in
solving problems in their environment.
To win bronze, the boys – Ugwuishi Meshack Ogonna, Chuka-Umeora
Onyedika Anthony, Nwachukwu Chukwualuka Daniel and Machi Chukwuagozie
Dominic -from St John’s Science and Technical College, Alor in Idemili
South Local Government Area, Anambra State squared up to a stiff
challenge from technologically advanced countries like Canada, Italy,
South Korea, Turkey, China, Sweden, Ukraine, Malaysia, Brazil, Bosnia
Herzegovina, Indonesia, Tunisia South Africa etc.
The Nigerians achieved their remarkable feat with a device they called
the Adaptable Alternative Power Supply for Sub-Saharan Africa.
The device is an electric inverter with a solar panel that enables it
to absorb energy from the sun, warehouse the energy in an inverter and
subsequently distribute it in households and offices as the case may
The boys exploit came barely seven months after five school girls from
Regina Celi Secondary School, Onitsha won the Gold Medal at the World
Technovation Fair in San Francisco, USA.
St John’s Science and Technology College Alor is a public mission
school which has benefitted immensely from the intense focus of the
Anambra State Government under Governor Willie Obiano on education.
Receiving the boys in his office on Tuesday, the Deputy Governor of
Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke observed that the state was doing
exceedingly well in education at the moment.
“The progress we are making shows that if you focus on a sector and
show some seriousness about what you are doing, put the right people
in charge, the results will come in.”
Dr Okeke further observed that
“It takes a lot for kids to leave the shores of this country and beat
people that come from the developed countries; to stand up and defend
what they have produced and to show what they can do if given the
opportunity. Listening to these boys talk with such confidence about
direct current and alternating current, it shows that they own this
invention. They understand what they are doing. I think they need to
be encouraged more to continue with what they are doing.”
Daniil Sharoykin from Belarus won the Gold Medal with a quality water