- 9-year-old Enwere-Kingsley Ikenna has defeated 39,518 candidates to emerge overall winner of the 16th Annual National Mathematics Competition
- As reward for his feat, Ikenna would get an all expenses paid full scholarship with N300,000 cash prize
- According to the organizer of the competition, pupils who could devote much of their time to the mastery of mathematics should be more than amply rewarded
Enwere-Kingsley Ikenna, a 9-year-old pupil of Cuddy Kids School, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos on Thursday, April 4 emerged overall winner of the 16th Annual National Mathematics Competition (ANMC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ikenna won gold medal, scoring 98.85 percent to defeat 39,518 candidates who participated in the competition in the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.
Legit.ng gathers that the competition, organised by National Mathematical Centre and Nigeria Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) Abuja, was to reward hard work for pupils who devoted time to surmount the phobia associated with mathematics.
Ercan Yilmaz, principal, NTIC, Ogun chapter, said Ikenna would get all expenses paid full scholarship with N300,000 cash prize, while his teacher would get N200,000 and his school would get a digital printer and desktop.
Yilmaz said pupils who emerged winners from second to seventh position would also get full scholarship from the college while winners from eighth to the twelfth position would get 100 percent scholarship on tuition, among other prizes .
“This is certainly a display of academic commitment par excellence which NTIC as a school that rewards hard work would not be tired of doing.
“We believe that pupils who could devote much of their time to the mastery of mathematics, that others in their ignorance, consider a big devil, should be more than amply rewarded,” he said.
The principal noted that over the years, the competition had been further strengthened and improved in quality, quantity and the spread of participation.
He lauded the state Universal Basic Education Board in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara for their partnership to further improve participation, organisation and manpower deployments for the competition.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that four Nigerian students won bronze at the International Festival of Engineering, Science and Technology which took place in Tunisia.
The young scholars, identified as Ugwuish Ogonna, Chuka-Umeora Anthony, Nwachukwu Daniel and Machi Dominic, are students of St John’s Science and Technical College, Anambra state.
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