17-year-old Boy Set to Represent Nigeria in 2 Major International Mathematics Olympiads

17-year-old Boy Set to Represent Nigeria in 2 Major International Mathematics Olympiads

  • A 17-year-old boy will represent Nigeria at this year’s Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) and International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
  • The country's baton will be carried by Oghenerukevwe Patrick Esemitodje, an SS2 student of the Nigerian Tulip International College (NTIC)
  • The competition will take place in Kigali, Rwanda and Chiba, Japan, in May and July 2023, respectively

A 17-year-old Senior Secondary School (SSS 2) of the Nigerian Tulip International College (NTIC), Oghenerukevwe Patrick Esemitodje, is to represent Nigeria at this year’s Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) and International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).

Legit.ng gathers that PAMO and IMO will be held in Kigali, Rwanda and Chiba, Japan, in May and July 2023, respectively.

Speaking on the incredible feat by the young lad, the managing director of NTIC, Feyzullah Bilgin, said Oghenerukevwe previously sat for both the senior mathematics and senior informatics examinations despite his ill health on that day.

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17-year-old Oghenerukevwe is set to represent Nigeria in 2 major Mathematics olympiads. Photo: NTIC
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Bilgin noted that when results were released, Oghenerukevwe qualified for the second round of both examinations.

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His words:

"I need to say that he was the only one that sat for two examinations among all NTIC Ogun students.
“The second round of the examinations was written on Friday, 21st January 2023, at Agidingbi Grammar School, Lagos. As expected, the second round was harder than the first round and it was an essay examination unlike the first round that was objective questions.
“This time around again, it was only Rukevwe that wrote two examinations that same day and I conclude that he was the only students that wrote two subjects in the first round and qualified in both subjects for the second round in the whole Lagos state."

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Further stating that the 17-year-old teenager also qualified for the third round in both subjects - a feat he has been achieving for the past two years, the NTIC MD said that with his qualifications, Oghenerukevwe is among the few students who represented Lagos in the national and third round in Abuja.

The Abuja round was a week-long event held between April 16 and 21 at the National Mathematics Centre, Abuja.

Oghenerukevwe was said to have attended the Mathematics and Informatics training concurrently.

Bilgin added:

“At the end of the rigorous training and examinations, Rukevwe came first in the third round examination in Mathematics and averaged second overall after the addition of the previous rounds. Unfortunately, he came fourth in the Informatics examination as the scores in previous rounds weren’t used and he missed out on representing Nigeria in Informatics."

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Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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