The superlative outing by students of Lagos, Ogun and Osun states shot the states to the finals in the on-going Season 5 of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.
In the Junior category of the first semi-final duel in Lagos last weekend, Abdulganiyu Alli, a student of Ota Total Academy, Ota, Ogun State and Ebube Okafor of Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos outclassed their mates to sail into the finals of the competition.
This feat was at the expense of four other participating students: Mohammed Sirajoof Nigerian Turkish International College, Kaduna, Kaduna State and YakubuYunusa from Nigerian Turkish International College, Damaturu, Yobe State.
Others who could not cross the hurdles include Ayomide Attah, a student of Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, Egbeda-Idimu, Lagos State and Faithful Unimashi from Saint Annes High School, Calabar, Cross River State.
Alli who scored 115 points to cross the bar, expressed confidence to wear the crown and pray to gain more confidence and momentum in the final
battle. Okafor on his part maintained that he possesses the desire to emerge champion and prayed for God’s grace in the final encounter.
In the Senior category, Oghenero Ologe a student of Zionfield Pinnacle School, Ikorodu, Lagos State garnered 95 points to advance into the finals. He was joined by Hezekiah Olabisi from BiboOluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State who scored 90 points.
The feat by the duo shut the door against Jesse Uche-Nwich, the 2018 Junior category champion from Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and John Areola a student of BiboOluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State.
Other who fell by the wayside include Chinoso Emmanuel of Dority International Secondary School, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and Philip Awodiya from BiboOluwa Academy, Ilesha Osun State,
Ologe and Olabisi are both hopeful of a spectacular outing in the final and equally prayed to achieve their dreams of winning the ultimate prize.
Not a few observers affirmed that this year’s edition is actually living up to its billing in terms of excitement and reward as promised by the organisers in line with the goal of “nurturing great inventors”.
The quiz show billed to run for 13 weeks, has been on for the past 10 weeks; and divided into nine preliminary stages and three semi-finals before the grand finale in November 2019.
Aside the N2 million grand prizes, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr Anders Einarsson disclosed that the winner in each of categories, (Junior and Senior) will enjoy an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country at the end of the initiative.
In addition, the first and second runners-up in each category will receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively, while the teachers of the top prize winners will be awarded N500, 000. Those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.
The 2019 edition of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematic TV Quiz continues this weekend. It will be aired on DSTV Africa Magic Family Channel, AIT Network and other six television stations across the country.