The train of the on-going 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Television Quiz show entered a very crucial bend last weekend as Ogun State excelled with a record of producing an all-four female semi-finalists.
The feat came courtesy of three schools, all based in Ota, a commercial town at the border of Lagos and Ogun States.
In the junior category, Oluwafunke Alabi of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota and Juliet Ekoko of The Ambassador College, Ota moved to the semi-final stage after grueling first and second preliminary rounds.
The duo were in “battle” against Favour Duke-Umanah of Deeper Life High School, Apabuyo, Calabar, Cross River State; Collins Iloabuchi of Dority International Secondary School, Aba, Abia State; Al-Ameen Abdulganiyu of Federal Government College, Ogbomoso, Oyo State; and Ayibatari Ibara of Belary Schools, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.
Ekoko and Alabi scored 98 per cent and 99 per cent respectively in the qualifying written examination in March 2016 to emerge as Top 20 candidates.
In the senior category, Hasanah Adeyanju of Ota Total Academy, Ota joined Chimaka Okey-Ihedi of The Ambassador College, Ota in the semi-final ticket, to crown the glory for Ogun State in the 7th preliminary group contest.
The duo were in the “ring” against Victor Osondu of College of Immaculate Conception, Enugu, Enugu State, Olamide Ikuomola of Greater tomorrow International College, Arikigi-Akoko, Ondo State; Timothy Adedipe of Shepherd International College, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State; and Simeon Ante of Joy International College, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
In the qualifying written examination, Adeyanju scored 97 per cent, while Okey-Ihedi got 96 per cent to qualify as Top 20 candidates.
The soft spoken Adeyanju expressed strong confidence about her chances in the competition and hoped that all things would work well for her. “I am really well prepared for this. I also believe I am good enough to win because I am good enough to beat anybody,” she told journalists outside the studio.
Okey-Ihedi and Ekoko were no less confident saying that with the semi-final tickets in their kitty, nothing else can stop them from winning the ultimate prize.
The ultimate prize for this year’s edition is One million naira and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country. The teacher of the winning students will receive Four hundred thousand naira.
The airing of the programme continues this weekend; AIT Network on Saturday, 7. 00p.m; TVC Lagos, Saturday, 8.00p.m.; NTA Ibadan, Saturday, 9. 30a.m; NTA Kano, Saturday, 2.00 p.m.; CRBC Calabar, Saturday 7.00p.m.; NTA Onitsha, Sunday, 5. 00p.m; STV Jos, Sunday, 5.00 p.m. Also, you can watch it on DSTV Channel 154 on Saturday, 9.00 p.m.