Ernest- Eze becomes first double winner of Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition
Abuja, Rivers shine in finals
Two years after he won the junior category, Munachi Ernest-Eze, an SS2 student of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, returned to claim the title in the senior category of the 2017 edition of the cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition.
The day also belonged to Jesse Uche-Nwichi of Graceland International School, Rivers State, who beat all comers to win 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 excursion outside the country.
In the senior category, Oluwanifise Onafowokan of The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State and Evans Owamoyo of Greater Tomorrow International College, Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State emerged 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.
Sixteen –year old 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.
Thirteen-year-old 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.
He dedicated his victory to God and his parents, while promising to maintain the momentum.
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 with 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 restated the company’s commitment towards education, which he described as the most important investment for the future of our youths.
“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 said.
In his remarks, the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Prof Charles Uwakwe commended Promasidor for the initiative stressing that education remained the best legacy parents and society could give to children.