MTN Nigeria, on Wednesday, announced Daniel Nkanu Victor, a student from Intimacy with Christ Secondary School, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, as its honorary One-Day CEO.
This recognition followed Daniel’s impressive triumph in the 2023 MTN mPulse Spelling Bee competition.
The 12-year-old stepped into the shoes of Karl Toriola, at the helm of Africa’s largest telecommunications network at 9 am on Wednesday, January 31st.
Welcoming the MTN Nigeria One-Day CEO, during the symbolic handover, the CEO of MTN Nigeria Karl Toriola, said, Daniel had become a symbol of what the company strived to achieve – a future where young Nigerians lead the way in technology, innovation, and social progress.
He said Daniel’s presence at the helm is a powerful reminder of the responsibility they carried and the opportunities they can created.”
Mr. Taoriola said Daniel’s journey was a message from MTN to every young Nigerian, that their potentials and voices were recognized and that MTN believe in their ability to shape a better, more inclusive tomorrow.
He said Initiatives like the Spelling Bee and the One-Day CEO remained MTN’s way of saying, ‘We believe in you,’ and are committed to providing platforms for you to shine, learn, and become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Addressing MTN executives and media representatives, Daniel Nkanu Victor said leading Nigeria’s largest telecommunications company, even for a day remained a special experience for him and thanked his family, teachers and everyone who encouraged him as he prepared for the competition, saying that he was looking forward to learning a lot.
In his capacity as CEO, Daniel engaged with key members of MTN Nigeria’s executive team.
He also met with members of the media, where he discussed key initiatives, including the unveiling of additional mPulse education data bundles.
Daniel, who out-spelled over 30,000 participants in the MTN mPulse spelling bee, attends the same school as last year’s winner.
In addition to his honorary CEO title, Daniel was awarded a N2.5 million scholarship grant, a laptop, a smartphone, and an MTN goody bag.
His English teacher and school also received a N500,000 grant and modern ICT devices.
The MTN mPulse Spelling Bee is a self-development proposition designed by MTN Nigeria to promote digital literacy and academic excellence.