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Geeks earn Etisalat internships

17 September 2013, 13:54Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Five technology enthusiasts have qualified for Etisalat internships after winning the company’s Geek Force Interns competition.

The mobile network operator announced the winners of the one-year scholarships as Muyiwa Iyowu, Victor Alayande, Onyemaechi Okafor, Peter Ndirpaya and Valentine Ubalua.

Speaking on the outcome of the contest, Director, Retail Sales, Etisalat Nigeria, Charles Ogunwuyi, expressed satisfaction at the level of determination, knowledge and demonstration of skills exhibited by all the contestants, saying that the five Etisalat Geek Interns will live up to expectations.

After six weeks of intense trainings and tasks set up to test their individual knowledge, speed and responsiveness, the tech-savvy youths proved their mettle by beating other contestants to qualify for the internships.

“The contestants were drilled in core areas of the business from technology-related issues, customer care to brand communication, and were tested to ascertain their level of comprehension and execution.

"We went through the rigors of mental, physical and emotional training to ensure we maximise their potentials with the aim of churning out a solid work force,” Ogunwuyi said.

According to the company, the Etisalat Geek Force Internship was designed to recruit innovative and technologically-inclined individuals that will be trained in the core areas of innovation and customer service.

The search began with a call for entries via a 2-3 minute Youtube video upload and Tumblr page voting.

The Top 20 videos selected out of thousands received were further reviewed by a panel of judges with 10 finalists emerging for the competition.

The race to the top five intensified week after week with the would-be Geek Force interns trying to outdo each other on various tasks assigned to them.

Etisalat staff as well as professionals in various fields in areas such as product and service deployment, customer care, developing unique marketing propositions, and sales trained them.

Etisalat introduced the contest to offer its customers, particularly the youth, a chance to join the Etisalat workforce as interns for a year training on mobile application development.

– CAJ News


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