Ghana and Zimbabwe Students Scoop Top Honours at 5th Edition of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat


Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL):

The winners of this year's DStv Eutelsat Star Awards were

announced tonight during a ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya, that also

celebrated rising student interest in science and technology.

The fifth edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, organised by

MultiChoice and Eutelsat, reached a record participation with nearly

2,000 entries from 18 countries. The winner in the essay category, Ayawen

Asuinura from Ghana has won a trip to Paris and onwards to a

launch site to witness a rocket blast into space to place a satellite

into orbit. This is the first win in the essay category for Ghana that

has already produced two winners in the poster category. The runner-up

in the essay category was Sara Eribo from Equatorial Guinea who

wins a trip for two to visit MultiChoice facilities and the South

African National Space Agency near Johannesburg. In the essay category,

students were asked to interpret the quote by Socrates "Man must rise

above the Earth, to the top of the atmosphere and beyond, for only thus

will he fully understand the world in which he lives" and to

show how satellites help understand and take care of our planet.

In the poster category, Mallon Marume from Zimbabwe scooped the

first prize for artistic creativity and will visit Eutelsat in Paris to

understand how satellites are operated and piloted in space and the many

ways they benefit users. This is a consecutive win for Zimbabwe as

Joseph Mahiya won top honours in the essay category last year. Benjamin

Ibanda from Uganda was the runner up in the same category.

The four winning schools attended by the overall award winners and

runners-up were also rewarded with a DStv installation, including dish,

TV set, PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

Paolo Nespoli, an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut chaired the jury

of the Awards for the third year in a row, assisted by an international

panel of skilled industry experts: Ronke Bello, CEO at Innovative

Technology Literacy Services Ltd, Nigeria; Dr Jane Munga, Policy

Advisor, Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and

Research, Kenya; Dr Perkins Muredzi, Dean of School of Industrial

Sciences and Technology, Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), Zimbabwe;

Melt Loubser, GM: Broadcast Technology, MultiChoice Africa and Rodney

Benn, Regional Director, Eutelsat.

Commenting on the entries, Paolo Nespoli said: "As the Jury Chairman

of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards over the last three years, I

confirm that this year's entries reaffirm the high standard of this

unique competition. The quality and creativity of the finalists' essays

and artwork underscore the deep interest of Africa's young generation in

science and technology. I am truly honoured to be part of a competition

that reveals some of Africa's future thought leaders."

The keynote speaker was Kenya's Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of

ICT, Hon. Joe Mucheru who said: "It is important to note that His

Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government is determined to

promote holistic development of the country covering all sectors with

particular focus on leveraging science and technology in the delivery of

services in all sectors of the economy including ICT and education.

Therefore, it is gratifying to note the effort by both MultiChoice

Africa and Eutelsat in ensuring that we nurture interest and build

capacities in science and technology."

About the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

In 2010 MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat combined their expertise to

initiate an annual pan-African student competition called the DStv

Eutelsat Star Awards. The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards encourages 14-19

year-old students to write an essay or design a poster on a

satellite-related topic. Country winners from across Africa then compete

in the overall awards for a trip to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris,

with the essay winner travelling onwards to witness a live rocket

launch. Runners-up win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice

Africa and the South African National Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek.

Schools attended by the overall winners also receive a DStv

installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder

and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet. Winners at national

levels win prizes such as computers or tablets.

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN

code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced

operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on

40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting

associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service

providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat's satellites

provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa,

Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and

government communications to be established irrespective of a user's

location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the

globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37

countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to

deliver the highest quality of service.

For more about Eutelsat please visit

About MultiChoice Africa

MultiChoice Africa Limited ("MultiChoice Africa") is a leading video

entertainment service provider with over twenty years' digital

television experience. The company provides premium video entertainment

for subscribers in 49 sub-Saharan African countries and its adjacent

Indian Ocean islands. For over two decades, MultiChoice has positively

impacted the television production and creative industries while

creating employment and empowering small businesses in related

industries, from being the best provider of home video entertainment to

launching on demand services - including Box Office, Catch Up, DStv Now

and AMGO which truly meet the evolving needs of Africa's tech-savvy

consumers. MultiChoice Africa provides video entertainment content

varying from blockbuster movies, the latest series, the world's greatest

sport, up to the minute news, great children's programmes, music and an

array of specialist genres including language specific channels

available on both the DStv and GOtv bouquets. Video Entertainment is

available on a number of different subscription platforms including

direct to home satellite, Digital terrestrial Television (DTT), Live

streaming, Video-On-Demand and Mobile. As a corporate citizen,

MultiChoice has an unmatched community investment record stretching back

two decades creating a meaningful legacy on the continent.

For more about MultiChoice Africa please visit