A leader in banking as a service (BaaS), OnePipe today announced the winners of its first writing challenge, wrapping up a three-month process that began in March 2022.
The first three finalists of the inaugural competition, Daniel Adeyemi (Tech Cabal), Omobayo Azez (Business Metrics Nigeria), and Sultan Quadri (TechCabal) will each receive one million naira in recognition of their outstanding papers highlighting the growth and impact of integrated finance in Nigeria.
The OnePipe Writing Challenge was announced earlier this year, with calls for entries to highlight finance-focused journalism, with a focus on raising awareness about integrated finance.
Entries in the form of 400-500 word articles, as well as television and radio excerpts, were submitted and collected for evaluation.
“We created the OnePipe Writing Challenge in recognition of the critical role the media plays in educating the public about the crucial business solutions that help businesses thrive. The competition is part of a series of activities aimed at increasing the awareness of integrated finance through educational reporting by Nigerian journalists,” says Ope Adeoye, Founder and CEO of OnePipe.
“As more and more non-financial businesses adopt payment solutions that meet the needs of their customers, there is a growing need to educate the public about new trends and technologies,” He continued.
Professor Olayinka David-West, Associate Dean of Lagos Business School, and Editors Caleb Ojewale and Muyiwa Matuluko, all of whom have expertise in editorial writing, financial inclusion policy and digital money, were part of the panel. who reviewed the entries for the writing competition.
The evaluation criteria included the structure of the material, the language used, the way the ideas were presented, among others. In a final step, the OnePipe management team carried out a final evaluation.
Muyiwa Matuluko, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Techpoint Africa, said: “I would like to commend OnePipe for highlighting the importance of educational journalism in Nigeria and awarding the winners of the OnePipe Writing Challenge. It was such a pleasure to review all the entries which showcased a variety of story angles focused on integrated finance.
There were many recurring themes among the winners, including the value of integrated finance for Nigerian and African businesses, the role of technology in financial inclusion, and the future of financial institutions.
Speaking at the announcement, contest winner Omobayo Azeez said: “I am delighted to have been chosen as the winner of this contest. Initiatives like this play a vital role in motivating quality journalism that informs the public about critical issues. I want to congratulate my fellow winners and thank the OnePipe team and judges for coming up with and realizing this great idea.”
The selected image (LR): Yvonne-Faith Elaigwu, Operations Manager, OnePipe; Muyiwa Matuluko, co-founder and editor of Techpoint Africa and judge of the OnePipe Writing Challenge; Omobayo Azeez, Editor, Business Metrics and Winner, OnePipe Writing Challenge and Ope Adeoye, Founder and CEO, OnePipe at the official winner announcement
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