An animator, Razahk Issaka – who developed ‘Man Must Chop’, an animated series – was adjudged overall winner of MTN’s App Challenge (v.5.0) fifth edition, which came off at MTN House, Accra. He also won the animated category, which saw him walk away with a total prize of GH¢40,000
‘Man Must Chop’ is an exciting story of an ambitious and energetic young man called Aluta who is simply trying to find himself as he ‘hustles’ through the hard streets of Accra. As a man of many ‘talents’, he is constantly trying out different jobs – all in his endless attempt to discover what he is best at
The Apps challenge seeks to bring together app developers, animators and tech-enthusiasts for a chance to create products which would bring in value and advance the country’s technological space. With many top officials from MTN Ghana present, the awards ceremony celebrated bright, young and daring individuals who took up the Apps challenge and developed Apps that are relevant to society.
“At the inception of the v5.0, more than 190 applications were received, and in total 56 projects were received for mobile Apps: seven for Internet of Things (IoT), nine for animation videos and seven SHS projects,” said Noel Kojo-Ganson, Acting Chief Marketing Officer at MTN Ghana.
The judges reviewed all the Apps by taking into consideration their commercial viability. Awards were then presented in four mobile Apps categories, namely: education; games and entertainment (business and lifestyle); animations (entertainment video series); and IoT (Transportation and health).
Mr. Kojo-Ganson went on to mention that as part of giving full and equal access to women in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the company is championing a project for women in technology – wherein young girls receive mentorship from women in ICT working for the organisation.
As a result of that, a new category for ‘Best Female Developer’ was added to encourage more female participation in the contest. He remarked: “We believe the sustenance of this category will lead to the contribution of resources for filling the wider human resource gap in STEM – a gap that indicates the need for extensive development of our human resource”.
All app developers were encouraged to continue coming up with innovative ideas in order to create job opportunities.