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The Teens who made Nigeria proud at the First Global Robot Olympics



Meets the Teens who made Nigerians proud at the First Global Challenge 2017Seun Omotayo, Tawa Giwa, Fetisimi Adegbamigbe, Ayodeji Umar, Toluwalase Agoro, Ayomide Adetunji, and Niyi Talabi represented Nigeria at the First Global Robotics Challenge 2017, the first robotics olympics in the world, which held in Washington DC, U.S.

With the provision of access to clean water as the overall theme, 163 teams from the world over, including continental teams, all made up of students ranging from 15 to 18, fought to win the First Global Challenge 2017.

“We are Robo Teens from Nigeria!” Team Nigeria’s bio says. “We are a team of robot enthusiasts, consisting of four boys, three girls ages 15-18, and three coaches. Our team inspiration is based on our goal to make our country great and to better understand the advantages of collaboration both within and outside of our country.”

The team leader, Toluwalase Agoro, a student of Oxbridge College, told Tribune before the competition:

I have always been interested in robots. It’s a new way of doing things; it’s a more efficient way of solving problems. All over the world, scientists have already started using robotics to build cars and other things; if we can apply that to other sectors, in Nigeria and elsewhere, it can help to make life easier. For example, if this year we are focussing on how we can use robots to solve problems related to poor access to potable water.

It has been fun, but very challenging. We went through a lot of designs before we came up with this design. And for each design, we worked hard to develop it; there were some we dropped, before coming up with this current one. We encountered many challenges, but we were able to cope. We have done most of the work now, but we are not relaxing. We started building this in January. At this stage, we are now developing the programme which would work on the robot.

Team Nigeria was coached by Remi Willoughby, a Robotics Instructor and Educator who served as the national coordinator of the programme in Nigeria.

The team designed this robot for the competition:

Team Nigeria began making friends from day 1, with teams from other countries sharing photos they took with them.

By the second day Team Nigeria was on the podium, winning the Sofia Kovalevskaya Gold Medal for International Journey.

Ivanka Trump was in the venue on the third day to encourage the teens.

Team Nigeria also made a few more friends from New Zealand.

Although, at the end of it all, teams Armenia, Poland, and Europe came first, second, and third, we are nonetheless proud of Team Nigeria for representing us and doing us proud.

Meets the Teens who made Nigerians proud at the First Global Challenge 2017 Meets the Teens who made Nigerians proud at the First Global Challenge 2017



    July 23, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Nice one kids making our country proud.

  2. Ms B

    July 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Well done to the next gen teens! Awesome!

  3. truth

    July 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Congrats guys, and thanks Bellanaija for encouraging them, next year, they will be in mexico city with better robots and better challenges.

  4. Agu

    July 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Congrats team Niigeria

  5. A

    July 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Good one kids. Wish you more success in the competitions to come.

  6. Mmesoma

    July 23, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    super proud of them ..well done teen Nigeria

  7. Banke

    July 23, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Very proud of you all. Keep making Nigeria proud, and this goes out to all Nigerians too.

  8. Tosin

    July 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    too cool. ps: they’re in Lagos, right?

    • dami

      October 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      yes we are

  9. Ello Bae

    July 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Well done Team Nigeria.
    BN you are missing a *respectively* somewhere in that article.

  10. Ephi

    July 23, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I absolutely love how they wore the traditional attire complete with cap and gele on stage.
    Go kids! So proud of them.

  11. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Well done kids, you tried. Thank God they did not behave like those Burundian kids that disapeared

  12. LemmeRant

    July 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Congrats to you guys.

  13. Moniker

    July 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Breath of fresh air. God bless you guys. Go break and set the records


    July 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Congratulations and all the best in the future!! Keep hope alive.

  15. Ayo

    July 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Amazing! I’m soo proud of you all. It gladdens my heart to see 3 girls on the team.

  16. Tracy Edward

    July 24, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Well doing Nigeria Team. God bless you all. I am very happy and proud of them. Well done.

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