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Males dominate Maltina Teacher of the Year contest

By Ujunwa Atueyi
18 October 2018   |   1:50 am
Ever since 40 year-old teacher from Anambra State, Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi, defeated her male counterparts and emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year, the men seem to have an iron grip to that position.

Mrs. Roseline Obi, the 2015 Maltina Teacher of the Year taking journalists’ questions after the commissioning of the block of staff quarters.<br />

Ever since 40 year-old teacher from Anambra State, Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi, defeated her male counterparts and emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year, the men seem to have an iron grip to that position. Mrs. Obi won the competition in 2015, followed by Mrs. Binta Mohammed Lawan of Federal Government College Maiduguri, Borno State, who came second and Mr. Daniel Sunday Udiong, clinched the third position.

The Computer, Basic Sciences and Physical Education teacher from Special Education Centre for Exceptional Children, Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Imoh Essien, won the 2016 prize; an English teacher from Borno State, who was the first runner-up in 2015, Mohammed Binta Lawan, repeated the feat, while Ogwu Patrick from Government Day Secondary School, Adankolo in Lokoja, Kogi State, came third.

Also in 2017, a Biology and Chemistry teacher at Mastercare International School, Asaba, Delta State, Mr. Felix Udochukwu Ariguzo clinched the ultimate prize; a Biology teacher at Our Lady of Apostle, Yaba, Lagos, Mrs. Chika Ume-Ezeoke, came second; while Mr. Samuel Emochuaogu, an English teacher at Winners International Academy, Agudama-Epie, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State finished in third position.

However, at the just concluded 2018 edition, the males dominated the top three position, leaving no traces for their female colleagues.It was an English Language teacher from Government Day Secondary School, Karu, Abuja, Olasunkanmi Samuel Opeifa, that took the crown, followed by a Computer Studies teacher from Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Olalekan Adeeko, and Mr. Samuel Temitope Popoola, a Physics teacher with Deeper Life High School, Akure, Ondo State, respectively.

The winner, Opeifa, won N1m cash prize in addition to N500,000, he received as state champion from Abuja. He will also get N1m every year for the next five years and a block of six classrooms built at the school where he teaches.Apart from the N500,000 reward the second and third place winners received as state champions, they also won additional N1m and N750, 000, respectively. About 23 other great teachers also received N500,000 each for emerging as state champions.

Opeifa in his remarks, commended the Nigerian Breweries (NB) for the amazing gesture and enjoined other corporate organisations to follow the worthy example. “
Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel explained that in line with its philosophy of Winning with Nigeria, the company resolved in 1994, to play a more active role in the development of education in Nigeria when it established the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund with a commencement capital of N100 million naira. 

He added that in 2015, the company’s intervention in education was expanded to include teachers when the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative was launched. Borrut Bel maintained that over the years, the Education Trust Fund has impacted over 25,000 students with over 400 classrooms, 30 libraries and laboratories built in over 40 communities across Nigeria. 

Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, on his part, noted that the history of education in Nigeria cannot be complete without the Nigerian Breweries effort. He added that the company has been at the forefront of improving the educational sector by continually investing in educational infrastructure, encouraging teachers and students and the cycle as a whole. 

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