Kate Ene David, 14-year-old student from Intimacy with Christ Secondary School, Nasarawa State, has said the opportunity to be MTN Nigeria’s CEO for one day is a dream come true.
Kate, who was presented as CEO recently following her emergence as the winner of the 2022 MTN mPulse Spelling Bee out of over 11,000 participants, said the experience she has garnered as the one day CEO, will better prepare her for a brighter future.
According to Kate, she has made herself, parents, and school proud as a young CEO. “I am certain that what I have learned here will prepare me for a brighter future”, she said.
Karl Toriola, in his symbolic handover, applauded Kate’s brilliance while reiterating the purpose of the initiative,
“It has always been our brand commitment to support the government and educational institutions in producing students that are primed for global competitiveness. With that in mind, I am confident that our CEO for a day is on the path to a great future. We are happy to be a part of what promises to be an extraordinary journey.”
In her capacity as the CEO, Kate has met with MTN’s executives and members of the media where she announced key initiatives, including the unveiling of additional mPulse education data bundles.
In addition to her CEO status, she has been awarded a N2.5m scholarship grant, a laptop, smartphone, and an MTN goody bag. MTN also presented a N350,000 grant and state-of-the-art ICT devices to her English teacher and school respectively.
Esther Akinnukawe, Chief Human Resource Officer, MTN Nigeria, appreciated the staff members for their warm hospitality.
“We can all admit that today was significant, especially because of the lasting impact this event will have in the life of Kate and how much of an inspiration it will serve to the young ones out there”.
“At MTN, we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life and will continue to provide opportunities that support students to learn and grow.” Akinnukawe said.
The MTN mPulse Spelling Bee is a self-development proposition designed by MTN Nigeria to promote digital literacy and academic excellence and thus empower the nation’s educational sector.