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The World Bank announced on Thursday that two Tanzanian youth have been selected winners of an essay contest launched by the bank earlier this year.

The bank said in a statement that the winners–Aidan Constantine Nzumi and Charles Kapondo will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April 2018, and get to meet and interact with other contest winners from different countries across Africa.

“I am excited to win this contest because it is an opportunity for me to put into action my ideas towards addressing the challenges young, aspiring farmers like myself are facing with accessing important information to enable us yield more from our efforts and generate even more opportunities for others,” said Nzumi, 25, a recent Bachelor’s graduate in Geomatics from Ardhi University in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“I am involved in online trading and I need to interact and network with people across the world,” said Kapondo, 27, who is pursuing an MBA at the University of Dar es Salaam.

“I see this trip as an opportunity to meet with other innovative young people to exchange ideas. This will help me grow my business and create opportunities for other youth as well,” he added.

Announcing the winners, Bella Bird, the World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Burundi and Somalia, said: “We received many high-quality submissions testifying to great enthusiasm and creativity among Tanzanian youth who are eager for opportunities to better their lives.”

She added: “The winners demonstrate enterprise and drive to implement in their small way the strong ideas they have and we believe they will be an inspiration to other youths.”

The writing contest which ran from June 15 to July 31, 2017, targeted Tanzanians aged between 18 and 28 years who live in the country, and attracted 332 submissions.

Participants were required to send in 500-word original essays in either Kiswahili or English on how to boost opportunities for youth in the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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