A total of 8 universities will continue to battle for the prestigious Zain Africa challenge scholars trophy. The academic quiz sees universities from the West Africa continue making progress to challenge East Africa’s dominance in the competition. Since it was launched two years ago, Egerton University from Kenya has maintained a tight grip on the competition winning both editions. The past editions featured universities from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The game is in the second knockout stage where the game is taking a different turn as mostly dominated by the Eastern and Southern Universities continue to maintain their dominance. In the past two games saw the scoring points climbing as the battle of brains becomes closely contested.
The competition is a fast-paced question and answer programme which covers a wide range of topics ranging from history, science, African culture, geography, literature, music and current Affairs. The second round of the contest continues as a knockout in which the teams that are knocked out takes home USD 10,000 and USD 10,000 for their universities in educational grant.
The Universities challenge is part of Zain’s Corporate Social Responsibility program which largely focuses on education. Additionally, Zain Africa Challenge highlights the excellent educational opportunities at African universities. “ZAC highlights our commitment to developing young people who are Africa’s greatest resource. The challenge is not just about winning the tournaments. We at Zain are providing these young people with an opportunity to also build networks and friendships that will last them a lifetime,”
In the Home Viewer Game, several winners like Teddy Kamara of Murray town, Henry Clarkson of Lunar Street, Marilyn Massa of the Methodist Girls High School, Martha George of Tengbeh Town have emerged from the twenty-two shows that have been aired on the SLBSTV winning from Nokia 2600 mobile phone to 3000 units of Zain Airtime. Now that the show has entered the final stage in the second round the games will be aired every Saturday at 8:00pm till the end of the competition. In the twenty-second shoe Mzuzu University of Malawi narrowly defeated the Makarere University of Uganda by twenty points. After the normal three rounds the scores were Mzuzu University were already twenty points ahead of Makarere University. In the ultimate challenge which is the ultimate choice, Makarere university took advantage of the occasion as they were twenty points behind to score 500points as they were determined to be the champions of the day but the more determined Mzuzu University also scored 500points to defeat Makarere university. In show twenty three university of Kenya with participants like Albert Gicheha, Malcolm Ngugi and David Kimaro defeated the Federal University of Technology whose participants were Babatunde Egunjobi, Samson Faboye and Chiedu Nkwuka had 360points as against the winners 850points a 480points difference. The game took a different turn in the Ultimate challenge session when Malcolm Ngugi took the lead in answering six of the ten questions within the 60 seconds. The next game will feature the Catholic university of Kenya and the Uganda Martyrs University and the entire competition will end on 29th August 2009.
By Saidu Bah