Students of Adeyemi Demonstration Secondary School, Ondo; and Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja have emerged as winners of the mathematics competition in this year’s Cowbellpedia TV Quiz. While Ayodeji Akinkuowo, student of Adeyemi Demonstration, won the trophy for the senior category, his counterpart, Munachi Ernest-Eze of Loyola Jesuit coasted home with the gold medal in the junior category.
The duo came out tops in the finale of the competition held in Lagos. In the senior category, Akinkuowo led the pack of five other finalists; with Titilayo Fasoro-Adewale (Hallmark Secondary School, Ondo) clinching second and Joshua Mokut (Emilis Academy, Calabar, Cross River State) third. Similarly, representative of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, Munachi Ernest-Eze won the trophy for the junior category. Ajoke Taiwo, a student of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State, came second with Ayomide Fadipe, another student of Loyola Jesuit College coming third.
Speaking at the occasion, Olivier Thiry, Managing Director, Promasidor, Nigeria, commended all the finalists for standing out above the 34 000 students that enlisted for the mathematics duel. He advised them not to relax in their efforts towards reaching greater heights in life.
His words: “My candid advice to all finalists in this year’s Cowbellpedia Quiz is that you have done well and I will like to encourage you not to relent but to keep up the momentum. Let me re-emphasize it here that at Promasidor Nigeria, we are very proud to be nourishing the dreams of our future leaders with our various nutritious products – Cowbell, Onga, Loya, Miksi, Top Tea – just to mention but a few. Promasidor believes in Nigeria and its bright future and will therefore continue to invest not only in its business but also in the Nigerian society.
The company has, for over 15 years, been at the forefront of organising mathematics competitions for students in secondary schools in Nigeria. Over the years, the company has recorded unabated success year in, year out on the annual competition hitherto known as Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC). However, it announced to the public in February this year that it was adding a new twist to the concept in 2015.”
Olivier said: “The TV Quiz Competition, added to the mathematics contest this year, is a reflection of our determination to always explore possible ways of rekindling interest of secondary school students in the subject of mathematics.”
The winners in both categories won cash prizes of N750,000 for first place; N500,000 for second; and N250,000 for third. Their Mathematics teachers also went home with N250,000; N200,000; and N150,000 respectively. The winning schools were not left out as they were given computers and printers. Also, the champions of the two categories and their mathematics teachers will be sponsored on an all-expense paid vacation to Gambia.
In his remarks, Professor Abdulrashid Garba, Registrar, National Examination Council (NECO), said the Cowbellpedia competition will help Nigeria achieve its aspiration for greatness. His words: “Nigeria wants to be a great nation, but we cannot achieve that if mathematics and sciences are not taken seriously. This competition is one of those concepts that will help to raise the standard of education in this country.”
In her Goodwill Message, Ms Jean Gough, Country Representative, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), commended the Cowbellpedia Team and Ministry of Education for striving towards education for all in Nigeria.
An exciting moment of the competition was that the girl-child campaign championed by UNICEF was augmented as four female students were among the 12 that reached the finals of the junior and senior secondary schools categories of the contest.
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