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100 Anambra youths set to digital frontier via VCO Foundation

Valentine Ozigbo

100 Anambra youths set to digital frontier via VCO Foundation

With the goal of eradicating youth unemployment in Anambra State, the partnership, which was announced in mid-June, completed the selection process of 100 top candidates, who will undergo extensive training in software engineering beginning in July 2023

By Valentine Amanze

A wave of excitement sweeps through Anambra State as Valentine Chineto Ozigbo (VCO) Foundation and Decagon Institute join forces to chart new frontiers in software engineering.

With the goal of eradicating youth unemployment in Anambra State, the partnership, which was announced in mid-June, completed the selection process of 100 top candidates, who will undergo extensive training in software engineering beginning in July 2023.

Over 1,700 applicants from Anambra registered for the Decagon Software Engineering Training Programme, facilitated through a VCO Foundation’s N400 million guarantee.

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A meticulous selection process culminated in 100 fortunate individuals, comprising 27 females and 73 males, all under the age of 30.

Decagon Institute’s acclaimed training programme has garnered attention for its PAY AFTER YOU LEARN option.

It imparts essential software engineering skills and provides accommodation, meals, laptops, and a vibrant community of fellow software engineers.

Global CEO, Valentine Ozigbo, the Founder of VCO Foundation, spoke about the partnership’s achievements.

His words: “We stand today at the threshold of a new dawn for Ndi Anambra.

Through our ground-breaking collaboration with Decagon Institute, we are empowering the dreams and aspirations of our youth through this transformative journey.

“The sheer brilliance of the 1,700 applicants is a testament to the boundless potential in Nigeria’s youth.

“What we are marking here with this partnership with Decagon is not a milestone but an awakening of possibilities, a celebration of the talent that resides in every corner of our beloved land.

“Anambra is unimaginably wealthy, and its greatest treasure is its people, and the creme-de-la-creme of us is our youth.

“We are humbled to be sowing the seeds of technology and education in our greatest treasure and waiting eagerly for the harvest of progress that is sure to follow.”

In his own contribution, Mr. Chika Nwobi, the CEO of Decagon Institute, said, “VCO Foundation’s N400 million guarantee is a game-changer, ensuring this enriching programme is accessible to talented individuals irrespective of their financial standing.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Valentine Ozigbo, a true trailblazer and champion for the youth.”

The first batch of 70 trainees is set to commence training at the Decagon Edo Campus on July 13, 2023, with the remaining 30 joining in late August or early September.

Candidates selected represent the 21 local government areas of Anambra State.

 The females hail from Aguata (6), Awka North (3), Awka South (3), Idemili North (3), Idemili South (3), Ihiala (1), Njikoka (2), Oyi (2), Nnewi North (1), and Ogbaru (1).

The male contingent originates from Aguata (7), Anaocha (7), Awka North (2), Awka South (5), Ayamelum (2), Dunukofia (2), Ekwusigo (3), Idemili North (7), Idemili South (5), Ihiala (4), Njikoka (3), Nnewi North (4), Nnewi South (4), Ogbaru (1), Orumba North (3), Orumba South (2), and Oyi (2).

The initiative represents a monumental stride towards bridging the skills gap and fostering diversity in the tech realm for the indigenes of Anambra.

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