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139 Nigerian students receive Cambridge International Awards


Lucy Pearson

• The Ambassadors School celebrates six students for exemplary performance

Nigerian students have once again received outstanding results in their Cambridge International examinations for the 2018 and 2019 exam series. One hundred and thirty nine students received the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards in various subjects in Cambridge IGCSE, O ‘Level and International AS & A Levels.

The award winners include 16 students who have excelled in subjects such as Geography, Mathematics and Business to receive the ‘Top in the World’ honour. Cambridge International also granted 101 ‘Top in Nigeria’ awards to learners who achieved the highest standard mark in their country for a single subject, 64 ‘High Achievement’ awards and 10 ‘Best Across’ awards to students who attained the highest cumulative total standard marks over a set number of subjects.


In her remarks, the Regional Director for Africa, Juan Visser, said: “Well done once again to the Cambridge top achievers in Nigeria. We are delighted that learners in Nigeria produce such fantastic results year-in-and-year-out; this points to the quality of the schools in Nigeria registered to offer Cambridge programmes.’’

On her part, the Country Director, British Council Nigeria, Lucy Pearson, said, “At the British Council, we create international opportunities through our work in arts, English Language, education, administering exams and building stronger societies. The exams we administer help people all over the world gain educational and professional development, so they are better positioned for success in life. Education is a key enabler for these opportunities, and we believe in ensuring young learners have access to world-class education and assessments which we have achieved through our partners, Cambridge Assessment International Education and the schools in our Partner Schools Global Network (PSGN).”


Director Examinations, British Council Nigeria, Marniee Nottingham, added: “Through the PSGN, the British Council provides professional skills development and networking opportunities to enhance school leadership and teaching talent across about 395 schools in Nigeria. We not only celebrate students achievement, we also congratulate the school leaders, teachers and parents in promoting excellence in the future of our young learners. It is great to see the achievements of these students as they embark on their future worldwide”.

One of the awardees, Jefferson Iyanuloluwa Joshua from Lifeforte International High School who received one “Top in World”, three “Top in Nigeria” and a “Best Across” Eight in Cambridge O ‘Levels for the June 2019 exam series said: “I am happy that my hardwork and prayers had come to fruition. Initially I found the Cambridge programme a bit challenging because I had to take subjects like Economics and Business Studies which were new to me but the practical, application-based, learner focused style of the programme meant that I was soon comfortable with those subjects and my other subjects and able to excel in them.” He plans to go to Imperial College for a degree in Mechanical engineering.


Another student, Shreya Jindal from The Regent Secondary School, Abuja who received one “Top in World”, four “Top in Nigeria” and a “Best Across Eight” in Cambridge IGCSE in the June 2019 exam series, said: ‘The Cambridge programme builds a strong foundation for higher education. Even though it requires you to study a specified syllabus, most of what you’re tested on is applied knowledge. This makes sure you really understand what you’re learning. My advice for other students is to firstly find out how you learn. Don’t be afraid of trying different methods until you find what works best for you. The Regent employs various 21st century learning ideas that have something to offer to everyone. It is also really important to pay attention in class; you’d be surprised how much of the information actually sticks so you don’t have to go home and read everything again. Take advantage of all the resources provided by the school, and work with your teachers to get the best out of the system which offers holistic education.”

Meanwhile, The Ambassadors Schools (TAS), Ota, recently celebrated six of its students for their scholarly excellence and exemplary performance in the Cambridge international examination.

Juliet Ekoko received “Top in world Mathematics” (without coursework), and “Top in Nigeria”, Agriculture, Glory Okoli received the award for “Top in Nigeria”, Economics while Enoch Adelekan bagged “Top in Nigeria”, Additional Mathematics.


Eniola Olubunmi received “Top in Nigeria”, Accounting; Yvette Foby received the prize for “High Achievement”, Agriculture, and Akintoye Ogunsola, “Top in Country”, Accounting.

The school lauded the awardees for the feat and teachers for motivating the students to excel.A statement by the board made available to The Guardian read in part, “TAS family is proud of the achievements of the awardees. We know how well you have pushed yourself and gone out of your comfort zone. We know that these awards will encourage you to strive for more achievements in the future.

“Congratulations to the teachers who keep motivating students to excel and put everything into schoolwork and congratulations to administrators and parents for all the years of hard work that laid the foundation for an award such as this.”


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