Amos Mumbere, a Senior Six student at Ntare School in Mbarara Town, was announced winner of the 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards at Kampala Serena Hotel. Mumbere wins himself a trip with his parents to the French Guiana in Paris to watch a live rocket launch and the school wins a fully-paid Dstv learning kit for a year.
He won the essay writing category under the theme ‘How innovative use of the satellite technology in the fields of communication, earth navigation can propel Africa into the future’. The other category – the poster, was won by a Tanzanian student.
The seventh edition of the annual awards aimed at inspiring innovative thinking among secondary school students in Africa to create awareness on how science and technology can be applied to everyday life, as well as show the various ways that satellites are impacting on the development of the continent. The awards were being held in Uganda for the first time.
Speaking at the event, MultiChoice Uganda chairman Steven Musoke said Uganda has had the biggest number of continental winners of the star awards.
The panel of judges included Paolo Nespoli, an astronaut from the Italian Space Agency, Prof Funso Falade, the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos, Mr Michael Niyitegeka, the country manager International Computer Driving Licence Africa, Mr Patrice Paquot, Eutelsat deputy regional vice-president for Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Ms Patricia Kiconco, operations manager MultiChoice Uganda.