Russian state corporation specialising in nuclear energy development, Rosatom, has selected four teams from South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania as the winners of its Atoms Empowering Africa Youth Video Competition.

The winning teams will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Russia and the contestants of the top seven shortlisted videos will all receive power banks and diplomas to thank them for their exceptional work and valiant efforts.

The highest number of votes was received by three teams: two South African teams and one Tanzanian team.

The top three videos were determined based on the number of comments left by Facebook users.

Dmitry Shornikov, CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa comments: “We at Rosatom view education and youth development as a priority. ‘Atom Empowering Africa’ Video Competition is running for the 4th year already.

“It is aimed at encouraging students to do their own research into various nuclear applications for peaceful use. We are happy to support youth empowerment through this competition and hope it allows more young people from Sub-Saharan African to research how atomic technologies can benefit all Africans.”

Nuclear energy video messages

An independent panel of judges also awarded their special decision to a contestant from Nigeria due to exceptional effort and great attention to technical detail shown in the video.

“As for me, videos are excellent. I was impressed by their powerful nuclear message. They totally deserve full marks. To my mind, everyone should watch this”, commented one of the judges, Gaopalelwe Santswere, AYGN President.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers SAN-NEST National Coordinator, also commented: “I am amazed by the quality and comprehensibility of all the videos shortlisted and have given the highest scores to six of seven of them.”

The award ceremony will take place on 16 October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more: IRP 2018 takes wrong turn with least-cost approach, NIASA

All winning teams and their supporters are invited. During the ceremony, there will be a screening of winners’ videos and a lecture about the benefits of nuclear energy.

The organisers will include the winners from outside South Africa into the ceremony via video link.

The dates of the trip have been shifted to late November 2018 to accommodate all participants of the trip and avoid interference with planned events and university exams.

The list of winners who are awarded first prize are as follows:

Winner #1  - video “How would you explain the benefits of the peaceful atom to your fellow Africans?” by Veronica Kgabisang Gouws, Koketso Kgorinyane, Naomi Mokhine from South Africa.

Winner #2 – video “How would you explain the benefits of the peaceful atom to your fellow Africans” by Harriet Mphaho and Thabo Mametja from South Africa.

Winner #3 – video "Going Nuclear: Africa's Energy Future" by Sophia Abeid, George Davis Bilali and Suzane Constantine Mumba from Tanzania.

Special decision winner – video “Sustainable development goals” by Ugenyi Igbokwe from Nigeria.

The list of winners who are awarded a diploma and the second prize of a power bank: