Female pupil shines in Maths competition

Folashade Adebayo

There was jubilation on Saturday as 10-year-old Jacqueline Anyanwu emerged the winner of the 2017 The Ultimate Mathematics Ambassador in Ota, Ogun State.

The pupil of Tripplecross Schools, Ikeja, Lagos, made history as the first female to win the Mathematics competition in its five years of existence.

The Ultimate Mathematics Ambassador is an annual contest organised by the Ambassadors Schools for schools in Ogun and Lagos states.

The winner beat more than 1,000 pupils who registered and sat for the first round of the contest, eventually edging out 19 other top scorers in the second stage of the examination as a result of her speedy answers. She correctly answered 10 questions in 46 seconds.

Yet, this was the first examination outside the four walls of her school for the youngster. According to her father, Mr. Michael Anyawu, Jacqueline was determined to win.

“She told me that she was going to win. She said she heard that a girl had never won and promised that she was going to win. This was her first major competition and she prepared for it. There were days she would stay up till 11:30pm to solve a Mathematics question. We supported her and her mother is her home teacher,’’ he said.

For Jacqueline, who would want to either be a professor or a medical doctor in the future, Mathematics is a simple subject. The management of Ambassadors College presented her with the sum of N200,000, and a plaque for achieving this feat, while her teacher was presented with N75,000 and a plaque.  Her school was not left out as a computer, printer, textbooks and a plaque this feats were also presented to its management.

A pupil of God’s Pride Nursery and Primary School, Sango, Ogun State, Chinedu Madumere, who emerged second, was presented with N150,000 and a plaque, while his teacher was rewarded with  N50,000 and a plaque. His school was also presented with a computer, textbooks and a plaque.

Madumere, however, expressed sadness as he missed the top prize  by five points. His brother, Onyekachi Madumere, won the 2014 edition of the competition.

“I am sad that I did not win, but I am happy that I prepared very well and I prayed to God,’’ said the future Engineer.

On his part, Chibueze Ibekwe, a pupil of Our Lady of Apostles Private School, Yaba, Lagos, third, winning a N100,000 cash prize and a plaque, while his Mathematics teacher  got N30,000 and his school got a printer, textbooks  and a plaque.

According to the Chairman of the Ambassadors School, Mr. Yomi Osewa, the purpose of the annual competition is to eliminate the phobia for Mathematics and English among primary school pupils. He said that a second stage was introduced to the 2017 edition to “accurately determine the actual pupil that is worthy of the crown’’.

He said, “We have found that pupils have developed a phobia for Mathematics, thus leading to poor performances in science courses in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. In a bid to provide a lasting solution to this challenge, we have taken the initiative of organising the competition among primary schools in public and private schools within Ogun and Lagos states.”

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