Representatives of Enugu and Abia States pushed up the chances of the South East by crossing into the semi-final stage of the on-going Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

In the 9th preliminary group contest last weekend, Greatman Nwachukwu of Dority International Secondary School, Aba, Abia State progressed to the semi-finals in the Junior category, while in the Senior category, Franklin Ezenduka of College of Immaculate Conception, Uwani, Enugu State also made it to that stage.

The other qualifier from the same category with Nwachukwu is Osasere Ehgharevba of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Both of them survived stiff competition from Oluwafunmito Adedeji of Obafemi Awolowo University Staff School, Ile-Ife, Osun State; Wisdom Ede of Logos International Secondary School, Owerri, Imo State; Muhammed Anas of Community Science Secondary School, Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State and Ahmad Ado of Jigawa Sate Academy for the Gifted, Bamaina, Jigawa State.

Nwachukwu, who achieved a response time of 2.17 seconds, scored 98 percent in the qualifying examination conducted nationwide in March 2017. He aspires to win the ultimate prize and make his family and state proud.

Just like Nwachukwu, Egharevba also scored 98 per cent in the qualifying examination. She described her experience as “great and exciting.” The 13-year-old expressed hope to qualify for the final and wear the crown. “I feel very happy to scale the hurdle, especially being my first time of participating in the competition. I hope to get to the final. I have prayed and practiced alot,” she said.

Along with Ezenduka, Faith Adelaja of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State also picked the semi-final ticket, at the expense of Ekene Onyekaba of Kings College, Onikan Lagos State; Abdulmueez Yusuf of NITC, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory; Aisha Salisu of Michael Omonogun Memorial Secondary School, Lokoja, Kogi State and Shedrack Dauda of SSSLID Science Schools, Badariya, Kebbi State.

Ezenduka who aspires to be a civil engineer, hopes to win the ultimate prize. “I feel cool scaling this hurdle. I really thank God. But my ultimate ambition is to be the 2017 Cowbellpedia champion,” he said.

Adelaja was a semi-finalist in the Junior category of the 2015 edition and is quite confident of his chances this time around. “My expectation is to be the champion. I have won six prizes in other competitions, but Cowbellpedia remains my ultimate dream,” he told journalists outside the studio in Lagos last week.

The star prize in the Senior and Junior categories is N1 million each and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country. The first and second runners-up for each category will go home with N750,000 and N500,000 respectively.

Each teacher of the 2017 champions will be awarded N400,000, while those of the first and second runners-up will receive N300,000 and N200,000 respectively. Also, the winning schools will be rewarded with Mathematics textbooks, desktop computers and printers.

The 2017 Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematic TV Quiz continues this weekend. It will be aired to millions of viewers on DSTv Africa Magic Family Channel, AIT Network and other six television stations across the country.

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