playMyJamz_mkAkinyele Olubodun and his team at the weekend received the international multimedia award „World Summit Youth Award“ in Graz, Austria. The Nigerian website “Playmyjamz” which offers underprivileged musicians a unique gateway to fans and fame:release their songs for free and have them rated by the online community. The most popular artists win air time on the radio and an international fan base. For young Nigerians the chance to promote their music online is an alternative to violence and poverty.

From the awards team press release,it explains that at Playmyjamz artists can create a profile and release their songs for download. So far more than 200 musicians have registered. In contrast to the music online platform “MySpace” at Playmyjamz users can rate the tracks and nominate their favourites. The most popular artists gain an international fan base and give interviews in a monthly magazine and on radio.

The platform offers young talents in Nigeria a chance: In spite of the country’s oil affluence more than half of Nigerians live in poverty. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) estimates that Nigeria will fail in reaching the Millennium Development Goals in almost all cases. “Every day I meet talented young people with potentials for greatness”, says founder Akinyele Olubodun. “But most of them don’t know how to put their skills to good use. Playmyjamz gives a voice to all the unheard talents and offers them the chance to step into the spotlight.”

The Award honours young people who take action on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) using Internet and Mobile. Among the 18 Winners are the global network “The Global Experience” from Germany, a forum for intercultural action and understanding, and “Mashallah News”, a Lebanese news platform on the Middle East. While news on the region in traditional media are often focused on geopolitics, conflicts and war, Mashallah News seeks to offer a different picture, enriching prevailing images about urban life in fourteen major cities such as Istanbul, Jeddah, Cairo, Tehran, Ramallah or Beirut.

With websites and mobile-apps over 700 young producers, designers and developers from all over the world applied for the WSYA 2011. With four winning projects Egypt is frontrunner, followed by India (3) and Mexico (2). Projects from Portugal, France, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Canada and Indonesia could each collect one award. The World Summit Youth Award has emanated from the UN World Summit on the Information Society. It seeks to motivate young people under the age of thirty to actively implement the Millennium Development Goals.

Congrats to Akinyele Olubodun and  Akinbiyi Adetunji for making Nigeria proud with this award!

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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