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Four African Apps Win In Huawei’s Apps UP 2021 Competition

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Huawei has announced the winners of the 2021 edition of the Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP), with four African Apps being recognised and celebrated among the 18 winners.


South African Coresthetics walked away with one of the Best App Awards in the Middle East and Africa region, along with $15,000 in prize money.


UniAPS bagged an Excellent Student Award, with $5,000 prize money, while Droppa and Secura received Honourable Mention Awards, which each come with $3,000 prize money.


“The Apps UP contest is a great initiative from Huawei, and I hope that we continue to encourage app developers to make apps that are beneficial to society. One advice that I have for developers would be to think more about your on-boarding experience, and let users test it out to see what the app does and understand the problems they may face,” said Ahmad Abugosh, an Apps UP MEA judge and Director of Marketing & Learning Programs, AstroLabs Middle East & Africa.


Other award winners include Real Car Race Game 3D: Fun New Car Games 2020, LittleAstro, and Scary Teacher 3D, each winning a Best Game Award, while Blind Assistant, Limit, and Emergency Buddy conquered the Best Social Impact App Award category. These winners will each be rewarded with $15,000.


The 2021 edition attracted more than 4,000 teams from over 200 countries entering the Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP). All submissions were carefully evaluated based on their innovation, social value, business value, and User Experience (UX) by a jury consisting of leading industry experts. The competition concluded on October 10 with the public voting stage; public votes accounted for 10% of the final results.


Adam Xiao, Managing Director, HMS and Consumer Cloud Service for HUAWEI Consumer Business Group MEA, said, “Creating functional, smooth, and intelligent applications is not an easy task, and through Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP), we aim to reward the developer industry for their outstanding contribution. This year’s competition was extraordinary due to the quality of apps submitted, and the new categories added garnered tremendous interest, particularly the Women’s Tech Award that saw over 600 submissions globally. We want to congratulate all the winners for their impressive submissions that aim to benefit our societies in different areas.”


The 2021 edition of the Huawei HMS App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) was launched in June and lasted more than 100 days.

Submissions came in from all regions including China, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The competition’s total compensation summed up to US$1 million, with a reward of US$200,000 in cash prizes for each participating region.


The winners were announced at Huawei’s flagship annual developer conference, HDC, which saw a line-up of sessions exploring HarmonyOS, smart homes, smart offices, HMS Core and more on Huawei’s efforts in building a new ecosystem of limitless possibilities. By the end of September 2021, the number of developers in Huawei’s ecosystem has reached 5.1 million, and the number of apps integrated with HMS Core has exceeded 173,000.

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Maku Emerges DG Of Nasarawa PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign Council, Others

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By David Christopher, Lafia

As preparation for the 2023 General Elections is in top gear, Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met at the level of the State Caucus Meeting and officially unveiled her State Campaigning Management Committee with the former Commissioner, Deputy Governor and Information/Defence Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku appointed Director General (DG) of the Campaign Council.

This was contained in a press release signed by the head of the party’s media/Publicity team in the state Comrade Adeka Stephen and made available to our correspondent in Lafia on Friday.

while other party gladiators; Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin (OON), Distinguished Senator Solomon Aku Ewuga, Distinguished Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, His Excellency Dr John Mike Abdul, Alhaji Usman Danlami Bagudu, Major General Nuhu Bala Angbazo (Rtd), Dr. Mike Omeri Agbo, Prof. Abdullahi Jibrin were enlisted as Deputy Directors of various committees.

The statement read In part,”it’s not gonna be business as usual for the failed APC led government, but one man one vote… PDP is more organized/prepared to take over power in the state and the country come 2023″ The party’s chairman in the state Hon. Francis Orogu stressed.

On his part the Gubernatorial Candidate in the state, Rt. Hon/Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu (PhD) who spoke through his Deputy, Hon. Usman Yahaya Ohinoyi said,”The suffering and dying Nasarawa electorates will surely decide between the bad APC candidate and the best PDP candidate in 2023.

“If elected into power, I shall move straight to the project ground breaking site from the swearing-in ceremony ground to deliver peoples oriented governance to the People of Nasarawa State”.

Expressing his readiness to lead the state campaign to a successful victory, the former Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State and Information/Defence Minister, Hon. Labaran Maku said, “We will adequately mobilize people to vote/protect the PDP votes to install OMBUGADU (PDP Governor) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP President) in the state and the country at large…our resolution to remain united as one indivisible entity before, during and after the elections is sacrosanct to give Nasarawa State of our dreams a new home and destiny “.

Our correspondent observed that the news of the season orator, political guru and an ardent grassroot mobilizer and a two terms All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate in Nasarawa State, Hon. Labaran Maku to sphare head the said campaign and other Politicians of note has prompted PDP supporters to embarked on jubilation across the entire state.

In an exclusive interview with Comrade Adeka Stephen the party’s image maker in the state he said,” With this formidable campaign structure you will agree with me that it is already a defeating threat to the unproductive APC government in the state. Recalled that APC group passed a vote of no confidence on Engr. A.A Sule over porous conduct of party primaries. Surely, the end and judgement day of the APC led government in Nasarawa State is here in 2023.

“PDP landslide victory in 2023 General Elections in Nasarawa State is Clary and crystal clear because, APC votes will be shared to Social Democratic Party (SDP), New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as most of the key APC players left the party for another after primaries, but the umbrella party PDP house is intact and united combat ready to halt APC Leadership in the state and nation.

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