Top 10 Etisalat “Geek Force” Finalists Unveiled

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Peter Ndirpaya, Habib Lawal, David Alozie, Victor Alayande, Muyiwa Iyowu, Onyemaechi Okafor, Okon Etim, Tajinere Sagay, Gbenga Olaoye and
Valentine Ubalua are the top 10 geeks to make it to the final stage of the Etisalat Geek Force Internship
Contest. They were unveiled at a media event held at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi recently.
The Etisalat Geek Force Internship Contest
which focuses on two core areas of innovation and
customer satisfaction is yet another unique idea
from the leading telecoms company. At the event, the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Steven Evans said that the five winners of the contest, which started as an online
competition designed to recruit innovative and
technologically savvy individuals, will have the
opportunity of a one year paid internship with
Etisalat Nigeria.
Explaining the selection process, Evans disclosed
that the competition was designed in the model of
a social media reality show that required
contestants to upload 2-3 minute videos showing
how geeky they were. “We received over 1,000
interesting videos and went through a rigorous
selection process to select 41 videos which we
uploaded online for voting. The top 20 videos were
then selected based on viewer ‘likes’/votes on our
Facebook/Tumblr page, and the 20 contestants
went on to face a panel of judges who made the
tough decision of selecting the final 10 contestants
we have here today,” he said.
He added, “The Top 10 finalists are going to go on
and work in five departments in our organization;
they will be assigned with a variety of tasks and
tests as well as mentors from our senior
management team. After six weeks, the top 5 will
be the winners of a one year Geek Internship at
Etisalat.” These days, it sure pays to be a geek as much as it does to be an ‘airhead’…..ijs, make the most of who you are and what you’ve got folks cos you never know just what might be your ‘money maker’.


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