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Broadcasting Text Messages into Space



An attempt to broadcast short targeted messages at the potential occupants of other planets has been launched.

The Lone Signal project will provide anyone with an Internet connection the opportunity to compose and transmit messages to stars suspected to harbor habitable planets orbiting within their circumstellar habitable zones – otherwise referred to as “goldilocks zones.”

Lone Signal’s first interstellar target is Gliese 526 and is 17.6 light years from the Earth — so the first messages sent will take nearly 18 years to arrive, and another 18 years for a reply to be received, should one be sent.

Every Lone Signal “beamer” will have the opportunity to send one free 144-character text-based message into space.

After a user sends their initial free message, Lone Signal will be offering paid credit packages for purchase that allow users to transmit and share longer messages as well as images.

The broadcasts are sent from the Jamesburg Earth Station in Carmel, California.

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All You Need to Know about Search for MTN Nigeria’s First Kid-CEO



L-R: Director, Apata Memorial High School, Mrs. M. O. Apata; 1st Runner-up, Intra-school phase at the Apata Memorial High School, Ifejiofor Tochukwu; Winner, Intra-school phase at the Apata Memorial High School, Adebayo Precious; 2nd Runner-up, Intra-school phase at the Apata Memorial High School, Olalekan Toyosi and Manager, Event and Sponsorship, MTN Nigeria, Njide Ken-Odowu during 2nd batch of the Intra-school phase of the MTN mPulse sponsored Lagos State Private Schools Spelling Bee Competition at the Apata Memorial High School, Isolo, Lagos, on Thursday, October 10th, 2019.

Following the first phase of the highly-anticipated Lagos State Spelling Bee Competition which was concluded in July 2019, the 2nd batch of the MTN mPulse-sponsored competition has begun in earnest at Gladys High School and Tombey Foundation School, Lagos, on Thursday, 3rd October 2019.


This sophomore batch will comprise intra-school competitions in 32 schools across the state that will field qualifiers for the inter-school phase of the spelling bee.


Ronik Comprehensive school; Princeton Schools; Gracefield schools; Jextoban secondary schools; Christ the King schools, etc, are among the schools that will compete over the four-week duration.


The winners from the 70 schools at the inter-school phase will vie to become district champions in October.


Subsequently, these champions will take up the spots at the grand finale later in the year.


The winner will, for one day, take over the reins from MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, chief executive officer, as the company’s CEO at the headquarters in ikoyi, Lagos.


Rahul De, chief marketing officer, MTN Nigeria, while speaking about the past and current batches of the competition, said “The first batch exposed us to the crop of talented young Nigerians living in Lagos and we have seen the multiple ways that the teen and tween offering, mPulse can facilitate further expansion of those talents.


“As we inch closer to the finals, we are even more excited for the outstanding talents about to be discovered in these other 32 schools,” 



On the company’s sponsorship of the spelling bee, Rahul said “This is an avenue to assist thousands of young Nigerians to build their grammar and vocabulary skills and also learn from their relationship with words and language.


“mPulse has always been focused on helping them be better versions of themselves in a controlled and safe environment such as the spelling bee.”


One of the winners in the 2nd batch, Adebayo Precious, a JSS 2 student of Apata Memorial High School shared her excitement for the competition: “At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to spell the words, they seemed impossible. Now, I can’t wait for the finals!”


MTN mPulse is an exciting proposition from MTN created to equip students between the ages of 9 and 15 years with the resources they need to maximize their potential.


The service offers kids (primary and secondary school students) an array of premium services and features such as free airtime on their birthday, free data for WhatsApp, practice questions for Common Entrance, WAEC, JSSCE and JAMB, Videos and lots of games. More about mPulse can be found here



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School Teachers Win 500k at MTN Sponsored NAPPS Day



It was a time of joy at the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS 2019, day as telecom giant, MTN, rewarded teachers with a sum of N500,000.


The event is a recognition and celebration of teachers and proprietors and to chart a new course for the coming year.


To support the purpose, MTN organised an online essay competition for the teachers on the topic, “How Best to Improve Digital Education in Nigeria”. About 50 entries were registered in the keenly contested competition. The top three entries were rewarded with cash prizes.


In third place, Amaka Mbaegbu from New Fountain Secondary School was rewarded with the sum of one hundred thousand Naira. Kalu Godwin who teaches at Hopebay College came second and was rewarded with a cash prize of N150,000. In first position, from Jolas Private School, was Hauwa Muhammad Danjuma who received a sum of N250,000.


The winners expressed their gratitude to MTN and encouraged the ICT giant to keep investing in Nigerian education.


MTN has created mPulse for teens and tweens to help complement and improve the standard of education in Nigeria.


The platform, rich with other benefits, has a website that contains educative digital contents.

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MTN Takes MoMo Agent To Bodija Market Ibadan



MTN Nigeria’s  Y’ello Digital Financial Services (YDFS), officials were at the Bodija Market in Ibadan, Oyo State, for the regional launch and sensitisation event introducing the MoMo Agent service.

It would be recalled that MoMo Agent was officially launched in Abuja on August 29, 2019. The service aims to support the Central Bank of Nigeria’s drive for financial inclusion in Nigeria, by providing safe and accessible money transfer service to millions of unbanked Nigerians.

Describing the complementary function of the MoMo Agent to traditional banks, Tajudeen Omokhide, senior manager, Mobile Financial Services, MTN Nigeria, said the concern has always been on how to serve Nigeria’s unbanked and bring them into the financial system.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has its financial inclusion agenda. Nigeria is estimated to be about 200 million people; we have 36 million people enrolled on BVN and about 60 million bankable adults not enrolled on BVN.

“The concern has been how do we reach these people and get them included in the financial ecosystem?

“It is for this reason I believe that the CBN is licensing companies like ours to assist in delivering financial services,” Omokhide said.

Also speaking, Abiodun Odelola, who is the segment manager, Mobile Financial Services, MTN Nigeria, said the unavailability of bank branches and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) spread across the country, has made it increasingly difficult for total financial inclusion. He said it was for this reason that the YDFS introduced the MoMo Agent service.

“With the introduction of the MoMo Agent service, life becomes easier for the customers. The interesting fact is that our MoMo Agents are all over Nigeria.

“The MoMo Agents are people next door; it could be the shop owner close to you selling provisions, or the hairdresser across the street making hair, and it could be the pharmacist shop near you.

“So they are people in your neighbourhood that you can easily approach to send or receive money,” Odelola said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Bodija Market, Alhaji Lamidi Musedeeq Adebukola, thanked the YDFS for launching the MoMo Agent in the market.

According to him, he said he was of the belief that the financial service would make life and business transactions easier for the hundreds of traders and customers that daily patronise the booming market.

At the launch, interested traders in the market were signed up as MoMo Agents. The idea behind the regional launch and sensitisation event is part of the YDFS’s mission to put financial services within easy reach of every bankable Nigerian.

With the MoMo Agent service complementing existing banking services via extending access to simple money transfer services and other financial services nationwide, the subsidiary plans on rolling out about 500,000 Agents across Nigeria, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

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