Loy­ola Je­suit Stu­dent Makes His­tory in Cow­bell­pe­dia Maths Con­test

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Uchechukwu Nnaike

A stu­dent of Loy­ola Je­suit Col­lege, Abuja, Mu­nachi ErnestEze has made his­tory in the Cow­bell­pe­dia Sec­ondary Schools Math­e­mat­ics Tele­vi­sion Quiz Show by emerg­ing over­all win­ner in the se­nior cat­e­gory two years af­ter win­ning in the ju­nior cat­e­gory.

The day also be­longed to Jesse Uche-Nwichi of Grace­land In­ter­na­tional School, Rivers State, who de­feated all com­ers to win in the ju­nior cat­e­gory of the com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by Cow­bell, the flag­ship brand from the sta­ble of Pro­masi­dor Nige­ria Lim­ited.

Each of the cham­pi­ons got N1 mil­lion and an all-ex­pense paid ed­u­ca­tion abroad.

In the se­nior cat­e­gory, ErnestEze was trailed by Oluwan­i­fise Onafowokan of The Am­bas­sadors Col­lege, Ota, Ogun State and Evans Owamoyo of Greater To­mor­row In­ter­na­tional Col­lege, Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State who fin­ished as first and sec­ond run­ners-up re­spec­tively.

Michael Paul of Ex­cel Grace Academy, Akaa­jime-Gboko, Benue State; Ikechukwu Ibeh of Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Col­lege, Suleja, Niger State and Tomiwa Olatun­bo­sun of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ile­sha, Osun State were the other fi­nal­ists in the se­nior cat­e­gory.

Ernest-Eze, who ful­filled his prom­ise to re-en­act his 2015 feat when he won in the ju­nior cat­e­gory, could not hide his emo­tion af­ter his his­tory-mak­ing per­for­mance. “I thank God for the end of the jour­ney today. I am now con­fi­dent to tell Nige­ri­ans that I was a cham­pion and I am a cham­pion again today. God has done it and it is mar­vel­lous in my eyes.”

His fa­ther, Ikechukwu Ernest-Eze, beam­ing with smiles, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to God and Pro­masi­dor for the dou­ble hon­ours.

Ear­lier in a thrilling fi­nal en­counter in the ju­nior cat­e­gory, 13-year-old Uche-Nwichi scored 115 points to con­fine Oluwafemi Adeyanju of Je­suit Me­mo­rial Col­lege, Port Har­court, Rivers State and Ezekiel Ekanem of Ad­vanced Breed Group of Schools, Sagamu, Ogun State to the sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively.

The trio of Osasere Egharevba of Grace­land In­ter­na­tional School, Port Har­court; Joel Ndoh of Marist Broth­ers Ju­nio­rate, Okigwe, and Ab­dul­wakil Olayinka of Nige­rian Tulip In­ter­na­tional Col­lege, Kaduna could not go be­yond the first round.

Uche-Nwichi ded­i­cated his vic­tory to God and his par­ents, while promis­ing to main­tain the mo­men­tum.

His fa­ther, Chukwu UcheNwichi, who could not con­ceal his ex­cite­ment, com­mended the spon­sor for the huge in­vest­ment in the com­pe­ti­tion and urged gov­ern­ment and the other cor­po­rate bod­ies to em­u­late the com­pany. Olatunde Ay­orinde, Uche-Nwichi’s teacher com­mended the cham­pion for the hon­our he brought to him and to the school. “I thank God for today. My ef­fort has not been in vain. Noth­ing can be bet­ter than this. I am grate­ful to God, Cow­bell and Pro­masi­dor.” The first and sec­ond run­ners-up for each cat­e­gory won N750,000 and N500,000 re­spec­tively.

Each teacher of the 2017 cham­pi­ons in each cat­e­gory was re­warded N400,000, while those of the first and sec­ond run­ners-up re­ceived N300,000 and N200,000 re­spec­tively. Also, the win­ning schools won Math­e­mat­ics text­books, desk­top com­put­ers and prin­ters.

In a chat with jour­nal­ists, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Pro­masi­dor Nige­ria Lim­ited, Anders Ei­nars­son, re­it­er­ated the com­mit­ment of the com­pany to­wards ed­u­ca­tion, say­ing that it is the most im­por­tant in­vest­ment for the fu­ture of Nige­rian chil­dren.

“The pro­gramme has ab­so­lutely met its ob­jec­tives. We are com­mit­ted to this ini­tia­tive and by next year, we will cel­e­brate 20 years of Math­e­mat­ics and Cow­bell.”

He con­grat­u­lated the fi­nal­ists for their per­for­mance and promised that the com­pany would con­tinue to sup­port the aca­demic de­vel­op­ment of Nige­rian chil­dren.

The Univer­sity of Uyo has con­ferred Honorary Doc­tor­ate De­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Al­haji Muham­madu Indimi, for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the Nige­rian oil and gas in­dus­try, as well as sus­tain­able com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives.

Indimi was hon­oured at the com­bined 22nd/ 23rd con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony, which had in at­ten­dance the Borno State Gov­er­nor, Al­haji Kashim Shet­tima, his Gombe State coun­ter­part, Al­haji Ibrahim Has­san Dankwambo, Emir of Kano, Al­haji Muham­mad Sanusi II, Shehu of Dikwa, Al­haji Muhammed Ibn Mustafa II Al- Amin Elka­nemi, the Deputy Gov­er­nor of Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, among oth­ers.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, the univer­sity high­lighted Indimi’s phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties across ed­u­ca­tion, health and so­cial wel­fare, hous­ing and crit­i­cal aid pro­vi­sion.

Since 2009, Indimi, through Ori­en­tal En­ergy Re­sources ( Ori­en­tal) has awarded over 470 schol­ar­ships to re­cip­i­ents in Akwa Ibom State, cre­ated a spon­sor­ship pro­gramme for UNIUYO’s Depart­ment of Petroleum and Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing, as well as trained and awarded start- up funds to over 270 youths from the state. In ad­di­tion, he has trained 500 women, 200 of whom were awarded seed fund­ing to start new busi­nesses.

The honorary award comes at a time when Indimi is cur­rently build­ing a N700 mil­lion mod­ern res­i­den­tial es­tate of 100 units in En­wang, head­quar­ters of Mbo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Akwa Ibom State aimed at pro­vid­ing hous­ing for ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the host com­mu­ni­ties. When com­pleted, the vil­lage will have a so­lar-pow­ered elec­tri­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, a school, clinic, a shop­ping cen­tre and other ameni­ties.

Re­spond­ing, Indimi thanked the univer­sity for the hon­our and said the award gives him a fresh op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue his pre­vi­ous as­so­ci­a­tion and con­tri­bu­tions to the de­vel­op­ment of the univer­sity.

“In ap­pre­ci­a­tion of this award, I am ready to co­op­er­ate with the univer­sity in fur­ther­ing its de­vel­op­ment. I want to as­sure you that I will con­tinue to work hard in mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions which will have sus­tain­able im­pact on the Nige­rian econ­omy and my com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Akwa Ibom State.”

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