Anthony Ekene Ike-Okoron has emerged the youngest winner of the chemistry competition organised by PZ Cussons Nigeria. At the grand finale of the PZ Cussons Carex Chemistry Challenge in Lagos, Anthony, a 14-year-old SS3 student of Top Grade Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos pulled a total of 88.8 per cent in both the theory and practical sessions to beat three other finalists. Previous winners were 16-year-olds.
First was Emmanuel Ejiogu Onyekachi in 2013, who was a student of Miketoy College, Ikotun, Lagos State. Last year, it was Justin Ifeanyi Nwaoha, then a student of ISOLOG College, Ojodu, Lagos State. In the 2015 edition, 17-yearold Wajul Kareem of Abibat- Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, who recorded 75.4 per cent to finish as first runner up, trailed Anthony.
Samuel Joseph, a 15-yearold student, also of Abibat- Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, came third, while Jude Nnaemeka Chineke, a 16-year-old SS3 student of Greate Esteem Secondary School, Surulere, was fourth. As the overall winner of the competition, Anthony walked away with a cheque for N700,000, a laptop and gold medal, while his Chemistry teacher, Mr John OdinibeNnani won N100,000.
Top Grade School also won Chemistry books worth N100,000 and a trophy for the feat of its student. Wajul, the first runner-up who had the best result in the practical session, was presented with a cheque of N500,000, a laptop and silver medal.
Samuel, also a student of Abibat- Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, and second runner-up in the competition, won N400,000, a laptop and bronze medal. AbibatMogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, and one of its Chemistry teachers, Mr Odusanya- Tolulope Joseph, got double rewards for producing both the first and second runners-up.
The school received Chemistry books worth a cumulative N150,000, while the teacher had cash prize of the same amount – N80,000 for the first runner-up and N70,000 for the second runner-up. Jude Chineke, the third runner-up, won N300,000 in cash or scholarship, a laptop and consolation medal.
His Chemistry teacher, Mr Chuma Dominic, and school got N60,000 cash and Chemistry books worth the same amount. The Lagos State Ministry of Education and the Chemical Society of Nigeria endorse the competition. Other partners of the competition, which was initiated by PZ Cussons Foundation, are the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria and the National Parents Teachers’ Association of Nigeria.