How 13-yr-old Tunmise sets new Maths contest records

Oluwatunmise Idowu, a 13 year old
student of Scholars Universal
Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State
last week, stunned the organisers of
the on-going 2016 Cowbellpedia
Mathematics Television Quiz Show
with her record-breaking
performance in one of the
preliminary rounds.
Idowu, the daughter of a
Mathematics teacher, slugged it out
in Group B with Ayomide Nafisat
Abdulwaheed, a JSS 3 female
student of Reality High School,
Osogbo, Osun State; Olajide Osoba
of Atlantic Hall, Epe, Lagos State;
Edidiong Okon of Topfaith
International Secondary School,
Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; Charles
Adesoba of Petoa City College,
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State; and Vanessa
Ibol of NOWA Secondary School,
New Kashi, Nassarawa State.
Osoba, the only male contestant in
the group crashed out after the first
round to pave way for an all-female
encounter in the second round. This
involved a test of contestants’
speed and accuracy as they were
required to answer as many
questions as possible in 60
Idowu in ‘battle’ with Abduwaheed
and Okon, eventually answered 17
questions in one minute to beat the
record of 15/60 seconds set last
year by Ayodeji Akinkuowo of
Adeyemi Demonstration College,
Ondo State. Akinkuowo eventually
won the competition. She scored
145 points, 35 points ahead of Okon
and 40 points ahead of
Abduwaheed who eventually
crashed out at this stage.
Idowu who said she spends four
hours practising Mathematics every
day, also hope to win the crown
this year. “I want to win. My
parents want me to win, just like
my school also wants me
victorious,” she said.
She is confident of her ability and
prays she is able to maintain the
current momentum till the final.
“Winning the crown will be the
greatest gift I want from God this
year. Apart from the one million
naira prize, the bragging right in my
school and among my friends will
be inestimable. I can’t wait for the
glorious moment. I pray for God’s
favour,” Idowu remarked.
The airing of the programme
continues this weekend on both
cable and local stations. It will air
on AIT Network on Saturday, 7.
00p.m; TVC, Saturday, 7. 00p.m;
NTA Onitsha, Sunday, 5. 00p.m;
STV Jos, Sunday, 5.00 p.m.; NTA
Kano, Saturday, 2.00 p.m.; and
DSTV Channel 154 on Saturday,
9.00 p.m. Promasidor Nigeria
Limited has been lauded for
investing in this initiative which is
aimed at discovering and
celebrating young scientists and
inventors in the country
In the 2015 edition, students of
Adeyemi Demonstration Secondary
School, Ondo, Ondo state and
Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja
emerged winners.

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