More African countries to participate in Miss Geek contest

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Ms Geek Africa winner 2017 Ruth Njeri Waiganjo explains her project before the judges in Kigali last year: Photo New Times

More African countries that are members of the Smart Africa Secretariat now have a chance to take part in the Miss Geek Africa competition following the expansion of the number of participating countries from 17 to 22.

The competition, organised by Girls In ICT Rwanda aims at supporting and inspiring African girls to pursue science, technology, Engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, local online website, the New Times reports.

Lead organiser of the competition, Lucy Mbabazi said that they are targeting to have the entire continent participate.

Kenya’s Ruth Njeri was last year crowned Ms. Geek Africa during the annual Transform Africa Summit.

Semi-finalist participants are provided the opportunity to compete and collaborate with peers at the summit as well interact with industry captains and government leaders, giving them room to determine how to accelerate Africa’s transformation using technology.

This year, organisers are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Miss Geek competition.

“What started as a small idea in Rwanda is now a part of the Smart Africa agenda,”  Mbabazi noted.

This year’s grand finale will take place on May 9-10 in Kigali, Rwanda during the Transform Africa Summit.

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