Students from Zimbabwe and Uganda shine in pan-African competition organised by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat
- Joseph Mahiya from Zimbabwe wins essay prize
- Hannah Kasule from Uganda wins poster prize
Lusaka, Johannesburg, Paris – 10 February 2015. The winners of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, the unique pan-African competition that sparks interest in science and space technology in young African students were announced tonight in Zambia.
The fourth edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, organised by MultiChoice and Eutelsat, attracted over 1,000 entries from 14 countries. The winner in the essay category, Joseph Mahiya (Zimbabwe), 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. The runner up in the essay category wasJoão Nuno Freire Melo (Angola) who wins a trip for two to visit MultiChoice facilities and the South African National Space Agency near Johannesburg. The theme for the essay category was to imagine yourself as a satellite looking down on earth and consider the key issues shaping Africa and how satellites can help development.
In the poster category, first place went to Hannah Kasule (Uganda) who will visit Eutelsat in Paris. Lesley Chakurira (Zimbabwe) 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.
The international jury assessing this year’s entries was chaired by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli with Dr. Jacob O Ashong, Director (also Higher Education Consultant) at the Ghana Science Project and Planetarium; Christine Mugimba, Head of Spectrum Management at the Uganda Communications Commission; Professor Steve Simukanga, Vice Chancellor of the University of Zambia as well as a representative from MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat.
Commenting on the entries, Paolo Nespoli said: “The jury was truly impressed by the grasp of technology, the maturity of ideas, the quality of compositions and the creativity of artwork in this year’s entries. The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards shines a spotlight on the potential of the many inspired and motivated students in Africa who are passionate about the development of their continent and the opportunities for progress. It is an honour to assess their work.”
The winners were announced in the presence of the Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Education, Chishimba Nkosha, who commented: “I am sure I am speaking on behalf of everybody here when I say education serves as the means to bring about the desired change in society, to develop a generation of virtuous individuals and thus contribute to the development of good human beings. I hope that MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat will continue to inspire not only young Zambians but the youth all over the continent to take up careers in sciences so that Africa can produce more engineers, astronauts, medical doctors and others in the future.”
Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Education (left) and the judges (Mr Jacob Ashong on right)
Exhibition of previous winning posters
SuperSport, DStv and GOtv Reward #ShowYourLove Competition Winners
GOtv and DStv hosted 2 AFCON finals viewing parties for two subscribers Nicholas Koffie (GOtv Subscriber) and Nana Gharbin (DStv Subscriber) for winning the #showyourlove social media competition
The competition was open to all subscribers on both platforms and asked fans to share an image of themselves on the DStv Ghana or GOtv Ghana Facebook page showing creative and innovative ways of how they were dressing up to support the national team, the Black Stars. #ShowYourLove was launched on the 15th of January 2015 following the official launch of AFCON 2015 on SuperSport 5.
Subscribers were asked to be as creative as they could – wearing team colors, face painting or whatever else they were doing to support the Ghanaian team.
DStv and GOtv held an all-expense paid viewing party for the winner and 19 of their friends at their respective homes, to watch the 2015 AFCON final between Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.
Enjoy A Love Filled Weekend With DStv
It’s that time of the year when lovers re-ignite their passion and there’s no better way to celebrate love than to snuggle up to DStv this Valentine’s weekend.
Viewers will fall in love again with the latest in romance, drama, suspense on a number of M-Net movie channels. The wide selection of movies includes Made of Honor, The Bodyguard, Serendipity, Romeo and Juliet, The Wedding Plannernot forgetting the classic hero, Spider-Man.
Single? No need to feel left out. Spend Valentine’s Day gazing at your favourite Hollywood heartthrobs and getting to know them more intimately as you follow their life journeys! Celebrate a wedding with E! Entertainment when their presenter, Jason Kennedy walks down the aisle on E!: The Kennedy Wedding: Jason and Lauren Get Married, additionally,Top Love Stories on Trace Sport Stars will countdown the most inspiring stories of love from A-list hot couples like the Beckhams, who’s enduring love has spanned decades. Musician and award winner, Keysha Cole also opens up about her life, marriage and career on BET’s Valentine Takeover Weekend.
Switch your relationship status to ‘ON’ with DStv’s range of telenovelas that continue to thrill with heart-warming storylines on Zee World’s Saloni, The Promise, Laali and Married Again. More drama, love and red-hot romance ensues on Labour of Love, Aurora and Fearless Heart on Telemundo.
Music lovers will be serenaded by the love sounds of Usher and Trey Songz on MTV Base.Trace Urban will ease into the weekend with an extended offering of soothing sounds from shows such as Playlist and Urban Hits by a range of international artists.
And what could be dreamier than packing some bags and whisking your partner off somewhere beautiful and exotic. For some romantic ideas of where to ‘sail’ off to, BBC World News will also be on call to assist the lovebirds in choosing their favourite destination with The Travel Show. Also, just because you’re away, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on DStv’s romantic TV viewing experience. Download the DStv Now app to keep up with all the romance movies, anytime, anywhere. You can also turn everyday into Valentine’s Day when you record your favourite romance movies and songs on your DStv Explora to enjoy with your loved one anytime the romantic mood strikes.
For more shows that will spice up your Valentine’s weekend and the month of love, log onto www.dstv.com