Winner of Tanzania Oil and Gas Congress Student Essay Contest Announced

05 June 2020
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An African student whose dream is to use his skills to make life better for future generations in his country is revealed as this year’s winner of the Tanzania Oil and Gas Congress Student Essay Contest.

Muhumuliza Lugeiyamu triumphed over a highly competitive field to take first prize in the prestigious writing competition, supported by the Tanzania Oil and Gas Congress and Ocean Business Partners.

The 22-year-old who is studying for a Bachelor in Architecture at Ardhi University has big ambitions to improve the buildings, roads and power supplies in the country he loves, once he qualifies in two years.   

Sponsored by Norwell EDGE, the contest invites students of East Africa’s leading educational institutions with engineering programmes to share their opinions with governments and operators. Now in its second year, it aims to build bridges between the country’s universities and the oil and gas sector and encourage more young people to get involved in sector projects.  A part of his prize, Muhumuliza will receive unlimited access to Norwell EDGE’s oil and gas digital training platform.

Muhumuliza, who was one of around 50 students to enter this year’s competition, said the living conditions he experienced while growing up are the driving force in his bid to make a positive difference. “Growing up we had no electricity in our home and the only means of power was generated by burning wood,” he explained. “The infrastructure of houses in my neighbourhood was very poor. But my situation inspired me to study architecture so that one day, I will be able to help my society improve standards for others.”

The 2020 entrants were asked to submit their essays on one of three themes. In his winning submission, Muhumuliza wrote about the role that gas and LNG projects will play in Tanzania's economic diversification and industrialisation. 

Mike Adams of Norwell EDGE said, “It’s an honour to be involved in a contest like this where we can make a direct difference to young people across the world - particularly when it comes to taking a different approach to learning.”

Muhumuliza continued, “Despite the significant wealth that oil and gas brings to our country we still have a severe lack of skilled personnel. Being able to utilise an e-training platform of this calibre would revolutionise training in Tanzania, where there are a limited number of educational institutions. I’m excited to have Norwell’s learning platform at my fingertips - it means my aspirations of opening a creative architectural firm and investing money back into the sector are no longer a pipedream.”