Patoranking Foundation, ALX Launch $500k Tech Scholarship For African Tech Talent

The Patoranking Foundation founded by Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (better known by his stage name Patoranking) utilises research, advocacy and partnerships to provide transformative educational programs and market-ready entrepreneurial skills to outstanding young leaders in Africa. COURTESY PHOTO: Patoranking Foundation The Patoranking Foundation founded by Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (better known by his stage name Patoranking) utilises research, advocacy and partnerships to provide transformative educational programs and market-ready entrepreneurial skills to outstanding young leaders in Africa. COURTESY PHOTO: Patoranking Foundation
<center>The Patoranking Foundation founded by Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (better known by his stage name Patoranking) utilises research, advocacy and partnerships to provide transformative educational programs and market-ready entrepreneurial skills to outstanding young leaders in Africa. COURTESY PHOTO: Patoranking Foundation</center>

Patoranking Foundation in a strategic partnership with ALX Africa has launched its USD$500,000 (approx. UGX1.9 billion, NGN700 million) tech scholarship initiative to provide 40 young tech-savvy Africans with access to a variety of transformative technology programs in data analytics, cloud computing, and salesforce administration.

Having invested over USD$1 million (approx. UGX3.8 billion, NGN1.4 billion) in youth education in Africa over the last six years, the introduction of a USD$500,000 (approx. UGX1.9 billion, NGN700 million) tech scholarship marks a new chapter in the foundation’s mission.

The scholarship is open to promising tech-savvy candidates across Africa between the ages of 18 to 34. Candidates will be required to complete the ALX admissions process and only 40 will be selected after a review of the individual application videos and essays.

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The shortlisted candidates will participate in training programs, and develop in-demand tech skills sought after by leading global employers. As part of their scholarship, they will have the opportunity to qualify for internship opportunities with leading tech companies to bridge the gap between theory and real-life practice.

Speaking on the partnership, the Founder of Patoranking Foundation, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (better known by his stage name Patoranking) said the foundation is dedicated to advancing Africa through education and entrepreneurship. “We have done this by providing academic scholarships to exceptional African students at all levels,” he said. “Now we partner with ALX Africa to announce technology scholarships.”

“ALX Africa shares our commitment to empower tomorrow’s leaders via access to advanced digital skills that are critical to future employability and entrepreneurship,” said Okorie. “This step takes us closer to our goal of equipping one million Africans within the next 10 years.”

Okorie adds “At Patoranking Foundation, we are ardent believers in the abundance of exceptional talents and changemakers in Africa, and will continue to challenge the financial inequalities that threaten the emergence of the next generation of African disruptors.”

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Celebrated educator and entrepreneur Fred Swaniker, Founder of ALX Africa, said through this partnership they hope to empower tech disruptors and innovative community leaders with the most in-demand hard and soft skills to solve the problems of the continent and beyond.

“In today’s world of artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data, young people need to be prepared for uncertainty, they need to be agile and adaptable,” remarked Swaniker. “ALX’s tech programs have been built around our belief in the importance of reimagining and redesigning skills training to meet the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

The Patoranking Foundation has leveraged partnerships to provide promising young leaders access to leading educational institutions under its Sky Level Initiative. In 2020, the foundation awarded full scholarships to 10 scholars from 8 African countries, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Liberia, to enable them to study at the African Leadership University (ALU) in Rwanda or Mauritius.

At the primary and secondary education level, 170 young pupils are currently on scholarship in five leading schools in Ebonyi state, Nigeria.

Patoranking continues to leverage his influence to nurture Africa’s entrepreneurial passion, ready to accelerate transformative change to the nations and the continent.

By selecting resilient and innovative community changemakers for the tech scholarships, the Patoranking Foundation is equipping Africa’s young leaders with much-needed digital skills to scale local impact and providing them with useful connections for collaborations.

Through its concerted efforts, the foundation hopes to create a ripple effect of change, empowering the youth to become architects of their futures and catalysts for progress within their communities.

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APPLY NOW (LINK) not later than July 2nd, 2024.

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