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Akinleye, Mgbemena emerge winners at Cowbellpedia competition


Head of Commercial, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mario Russo (left); Junior category winner, 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, Akinfoluhan Akinleye; Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Anders Einarsson; Senior category winner of the competition, Chinedu Mgbemena; and Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Abiodun Ayodeji, at the finals of the competition in Lagos. 

Akinfoluhan Akinleye from The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State, and Chinedu Mgbemena, a student of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have emerged champions in the junior and senior categories at this year’s Cowbellpedia mathematics competition.

Similarly, Splendour Nwankwo of Jesuit Memorial College, and Favour Okarike of Graceland International School, both in Port Harcourt, took the first and second runner-up positions.

Other junior category finalists, who exited in the first round on the final day were Chidozie Uzochukwu of Nigerian Tulip International School, Abuja; Gabriel Akogun from Welkin International and Loluwa Abiodun of The Ambassadors College, both in Ota, Ogun State.

The champions received N2 million each plus an all-expense paid educational excursion outside of the country. The first and second runners-up got N1.5 million and N1 million respectively.

The prizes were in fulfilment of Promasidor’s pledge to double the prize money in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria.The teachers of the champions were also rewarded with N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up received N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.

In his welcome address, the Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Anders Einarsson, congratulated the finalists for their excellent performance and reiterated the commitment of the company towards education and the future of Nigerian children.

While affirming that in the past 20 years, Cowbell has provided a platform to identify and reward excellence in Mathematics, he recalled that from its beginning in 1998, Cowbellpedia has expanded in size, scope and prizes, as it now holds in over 200 centres across the nation and in over 11,000 schools.

Meanwhile, preparations have commenced for next year’s edition of the competition. According to the organisers, the 2019 Cowbellpedia registration portal is now open for secondary school students across the country to register.

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