For the second time, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST participated in the National Competition of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mashindano ya Kitaifa ya Sayansi, Teknolojia na Ubunifu, MAKISATU) competitions organised by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Tanzania.

It’s incredible that in the category of Higher Learning Institutions, The NM-AIST scored all the three positions. The 1st award went to Ms. Cecilia China. Her innovation on technology of using organic compounds from local plants for processing leather and was given TZS 5,000,000.

Ms. Winisia Makirita, a first runner up in the category of HLIs showcasing her Innovation during MAKISATU event from June 16-19, 2020
Ms. Christina Charles, a second runner up of MAKISATU awards in the category of HLIs showcasing her innovation during the MAKISATU event

The 2nd award went to Ms. Winisia Makirita, she was recognised for her Bio Pesticide formulation for management of all armyworm and other Lepidoptera pest of maize plants, The two winners are PhD candidates in the School of Life Sciences and Bio Engineering (LiSBE) specializing in Bio Diversity and Ecosystem Management.

The 3rd Award went to Ms. Christina Charles in same school, specializing in Food and Nutritional Sciences. Ms. Christina was recognised for her innovation of a nutritional Supplement called Omega -3DHA Super food that promotes brain development to a mother and a child.

This year more than 400 innovators participated in MAKISATU, from various sectors including Higher Learning, Informal sector, intermediate colleges, Research and Development Institutions.