Don’t give up! — MTN Apps Challenge winner urges youth

A 25-year-old graduate of the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, Razak Issaka, who emerged as the overall winner of the MTN Apps Challenge Season V, has urged the youth not to lose hope when all seems not to be working.

Rather, he encourages them to identify what he said are their God-giving talents in order to remain useful in the field of problem solving in a world of confiscated technology.

According to the UG graduate, he chanced upon the opportunity offered by MTN, took advantage of it not because he wanted to win but because he was determined to showcase what he had already been working on.

An overly elated Issaka explained that the success behind his efforts was that he set his mind and hands to working on something that Ghana today, has every cause to celebrate.

His App- “Aluta-Man Must Chop-” is an animated video, which tells an exciting story of an ambitious and energetic young man called Aluta who is simply trying to survive as he hustles through the hard streets of Accra.

And for his prize, he received a cash amount of GHC20,000.00, a plaque and a certificate for participating.

Animation, according to Issaka, has been something he does for entertainment.

Speaking to Today in an exclusive interview, Mr Issaka explained that animation, just like story telling, required character creation and animating them to tell a story through them.

He disclosed that he has plans to start training interested persons in animation.

Delivering the keynote address, Senior Manager, Products and Services, MTN Ghana, Mr Bless Sefenu Asordjo, said his outfit was overwhelmed at the patronage.

He revealed that one hundred and ninety (190) entries were received. Giving the breakdown, he said fifty-six (56) applications were received for mobile apps, seven (7) for internet of things (IoT), nine (9) for animation videos and seven (7) from Senior High Schools (SHSs) with twenty-four (24) projects making it to the final auditions.

The judges, according to him, rigorously considered the entering, taking into consideration the commercial viability of the apps.

This component of the competition, he explained, was very important because as a business, they believe that the App Developer community should be able to generate revenue from their inventions to sustain their businesses.

“I will like to reiterate MTN’s commitment to create opportunities for all, leveraging on our vision of delivering a bold new digital world to our customers,” he indicated.

The competition, which was played out on television for several weeks and a trio of mobile applications (Apps) developers, Kwaku Agyei, Marfo Tabiri and Samuel Boadu, emerged the overall winners with their game App called Wheelo.

They were also announced as winners in the Games and Entertainment category. The young men, therefore, got richer on the night by GH¢40,000 as they received GH¢20,000 for the category win and the same amount for being the overall best.

Winners in the other categories were: Gh Payroll (Business) and Donation (Lifestyle). Each category winner took home GH¢20,000. The runners-up also got GH¢15,000 and GH¢10,000, respectively.

The MTN Apps Challenge V3.0 was launched in September last year as part of the telecom company’s Internet Festival (iFest) month. The main aim was to search for the most innovative and locally relevant mobile apps.


Story: Kwamena ANANSE

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