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Babcock Wins NIPUD Debate For Private Universities


Babcock University logoThe Babcock University, Illisan-Remo, Ogun State, has won the maiden edition of the Nigeria Private Universities Debate sponsored by Diamond Bank Plc to promote scholarship, ideas and healthy competition among students.

This year’s debate, with the theme,  Nigeria’s Vision 20: 2020: The Facts, the Farce and the Figures, provided a  platform for undergraduates to contribute to the Federal Government policy aimed at providing a better future for Nigerians.

The pioneer edition, according to the organisers, offered the undergraduates an opportunity “to research into the feasibility of Nigeria joining the world’s best 20 economies by the year 2020.”

The semi final and the final stages of the debate were hosted by Babcock on Thursday after the regional presentations were held in the six geo-political zones. Four institutions that made it to the semi-final are Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State; Babcock, Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, and Igbinedion University, Okada, in Edo State.

At the semi final stage, WDU defeated Igbinedion University to set up a keen final with Babcock, which had beaten Fountain University.

Babcock, represented by Okezi Meshack, Madu Chibuzor and Olusile Christiana, argued that Vision 20:2020 would only be achieved if the current rural-urban migration was reversed. The Babcock team beat Edwina Peters, Christabel Israel and Igbinobaro Paula of WDU, who opposed the motion to emerge the overall winner.

According to the panel of judges led by a professor of Literature at the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Ayo Kehinde, Babcock garnered a total of 250.1 points to emerge pioneer winners. WDU, he said, scored 231.8 points. Igbinedion University, with 235 points, came third, while Fountain University came fourth with 218.5 points.

Kehinde, while declaring the result, lauded the initiative for offering the students opportunity to gain all-round knowledge.

He explained that the debaters were rated on grammar, composure, presentation in-depth knowledge of international affairs, national economic and political policies.

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, enjoined other private universities to join the train and make the competition an event everyone would always look forward to. He said

My support for private universities was not aimed at killing public institutions but to engender healthy rivalry and competition and encourage the private sector to participate in the development of the nation’s university system.

The representative of Diamond Bank, who is also the Regional Director (West), Mr. Sola Ajayi, said the financial institution’s support for the debate was part of its commitment to the rejuvenation of the country.

April 6, 2013 |

Premium Times Centenary Essay Competition


PremiumTimeslogoInterested Nigerians are invited to participate in a writing competition sponsored by Premium Times Services Limited. The theme/topic of this essay competition is, Visioning The Centenary. The overview of this competition is the remarkable journey Nigeria has taken from mere geographic expression of several hundred ethno-nations to a country in one hundred years. It will therefore be
an essay on events visualised on a decade-by-decade progression. This competition is open to all Nigerians across the world with special emphasis on young people age 30 and below but not limited to them.


Interested Nigerians should respond latest by Friday, April 13th 2013, by doing all of these:

  1. Write a short synopsis with details on which decade they want to write on.
  2. Write a short bio on your person, which would include gender, age, religion, education, occupation, interests, passion and anything that will help us know you better.
  3. Write contact address and phone numbers.

This statement of interest is to help make the grading process effective.


  1. Each essay must not be more than two thousand words (2000).
  2. Single lined spacing.
  3. Each essay must focus on one (1) decade i.e. 1914 to 1923, 1924 to 1933, 1934 to 1943, 1944 to 1953, 1954 to 1963, 1964 to 1973, 1974 to 1983, 1984 to 1993, 1994 to 2003, 2004 to 2013.
  4. Each contestant is welcome to enter for more than one (1) decade but a maximum of three (3) essays.
  5. Each essay should have the following focus elements; the defining politics, science, technology and arts of the decade; it should touch on the defining intellectual momentum, major events and leaders of thought in that period. It should also mention outstanding Nigerians lost in that decade and their contribution to society.
  6. Sent as an attachment to the email address:


All essays must be submitted on or before May 25th, 2013.


The winning essay for each decade will get 50,000 Naira. Prizes worth N500,000 will be given out in total.

Source: Premium Times Website

April 1, 2013 |

Commonwealth ‘Women in Leadership’ Essay Competition


Commonwealth logoThe Commonwealth’s 10th Women Affairs Ministerial Meeting (10WAMM) will take place in Bangladesh from 17-19 June 2013. In keeping with the 2013 Commonwealth Theme ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’ the theme for the 10WAMM is Women’s Leadership for Enterprise’.  Whilst the 10WAMM theme reflects the Commonwealth theme, it is also very timely and highlights the topical and critical issue which is the status and engagement of women in the Commonwealth. This theme is meant to engage commonwealth citizens at

It is with this background the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Gender Section is launching a Pan-Commonwealth ‘Women in Leadership’ essay competition with a view to engaging the youth in the discussion.

The competition will allow both male and female youths from the Commonwealth to engage in the debates and present their perspective on the subject. Crucially, it will also create awareness among youth who are future leaders.

Topic: Participants must answer one of the  following questions:

  • How and why should governments encourage women’s leadership?
  • How and why should governments encourage women owned enterprises?

Eligibility: The Commonwealth ‘Women in Leadership’ essay competition is open to all youth in the Commonwealth between the ages of 15 and 29 years. In order to ensure fairness, taking into consideration the varied abilities based on age differences, the competition will be divided into two categories:

  • Category 1: 15 to 17 years
  • Category 2: 18 to 29 years

Criteria for Evaluation: The evaluation will be based on a number of criteria which will guide the quality and standard of work expected for the competition. The essay should:

  • be preferably word processed and must not exceed 1500 words
  • submitted in size 12 Ariel font and in 1.5 line
  • be appropriately referenced and include a bibliography of references (where applicable). Plagiarism will result in disqualification
  • include a fully completed cover page obtainable at
  • include a header stating only the candidate’s name and date of birth at the top right hand corner of each page
  • be submitted to on or by post to Commonwealth Women in Leadership Essay Competition, Commonwealth Secretariat, Social Transformation Programmes Division, Gender Section, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y, 5HX on or before the deadline of 8 April 2013.
  • Please keep a copy of your essay after submission. Only essays with a cover page will be considered

Deadline for submission:  8 April 2013 (midnight UK time)

Guidelines for writing essays (15-17): Within the context of gender equality, women empowerment and development,
essays are expected to demonstrate:

  1. creativity, imagination and inventiveness, and use their personal experiences where applicable.
  2. an understanding of the relevant issues;
  3. an appropriate balance between factual detail and personal experience;
  4. critical thinking and original thought which will contribute to current debates;
  5. clear evidence of relevant reading;
  6. a focused and well developed argument response to the question which provides a clear introduction, and leads to an appropriate conclusion.

Guidelines for writing essays (18-29):

  1. evidence of critical thinking and original thought which will contribute to current debates;
  2. a rigorous use and a good understanding of relevant source materials, and achieving an appropriate balance between factual detail and theoretical  issues;
  3. clear evidence of wide and relevant reading and an engagement with the issues;
  4. a good understanding of the factual and/or theoretical issues, and addresses the relevant literature on the topic;
  5. knowledge of key issues and develop a focused argument in response to the question;
  6. a well-structured and well-presented paper which provides a clear introduction, and articulates a well-developed argument leading to an appropriate conclusion.

Prize: The winner will be sponsored to participate in the 10th Women Affairs Ministers Meeting (10WAMM) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 17 to 19 June 2013.

Source: Read

March 20, 2013 |

Lisabi Day Celebration Winners


alake of egbaland oba aremu gbadeboIn the last 25 years, the Egbas have not done anything less to celebrate their hero, the legendary Lisabi who gave them hope, freedom and independence. The essential Lisabi Agbongbo Akala is, in the last 25 years, celebrated by the Egbas in the annual Lisabi Festival.

Lisabi Festivals to an average Egba man goes beyond the rituals. It is an avenue to demonstrate the rich culture of Egbaland, an avenue to recognize and celebrate worthy heroes and heroines, living or dead and above all, an avenue to promote the culture of the Egbas and engrave same as indelible prints in the minds of the young folks.

The year 2012 edition of the Lisabi Festival, which held from February 27 to March 4, was in a class of its own and a festival like never before.

The beauty of the festival came to the fore during the inter-school debate competition organised among secondary schools in the five local governments that make up Egbaland.

The topic of the debate: “Bi Awon Omobirin Koba ni Eko Iwe Dunju, Ifaseyin yoo ba Idagbasoke, Eto Amuludun ati Oro Aje”, which when translated means “If the girl child is not given qualitative education it will bring a drawback to progress and economic development of a nation” was debated in Yoruba language by the students.

While the debate lasted, the Centenary Hall, venue of the competition, witnessed the best use of Yoruba proverbs, witty sayings by young school children and at the end of the day, Asero High School, Abeokuta, led by the duo of Olusola Babatunde Olarewaju and Salaudeen Yusufu Akande, defeated the duo of Ojelade Olufunke and Adeyanju Taiwo from Itori Comprehensive High School, Itori, Ewekoro.

As it was in the debate, so was it in the inter – school quiz competition which had all its questions centered on Egba culture, history, traditions and Yoruba proverbs.

The quiz was as colourful as it was entertaining. Orile Keesi Grammar School came first, followed by Itori comprehensive High School and District comprehensive High School, Agbado in second and third positions respectively.

Besides the debate and quiz competitions, the 2012 Lisabi Festival did not go without testing the physical strength of the Egba youths. A football competition that held its final at the Moshood Abiola Stadium saw the students of International Academy, a football academy owned by the legendary footballer, Segun Odegbami, won the trophy while Pakito High School won the silver medal.

The theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.

The Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo announced that Globacom, the giant telecommunication company in the country, in addition to sponsoring the festival, also made a donation of N2 million to the Girl Child Trust Fund, which formed the thrust of the festival for the year 2012.

He described the theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.

Excerpt for Nigerian Tribune Website

March 8, 2013 |

Redeemers School Shines At ‘Know Your History’ Contest


Know Your History competitionRedeemers High School, Redemption Camp, Ogun State, has emerged the overall best school in the final of the 2013 ‘Know Your History’ National History Competition involving 12 top secondary schools across the nation.

Though the school faced a fierce challenge from Lagoon Secondary School, Lagos and eleven other top colleges drawn from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Ogun  and Lagos States, it was adjudged the best after the keen contest.

The Co-ordinator of the National History Competition, Mr. James Onimisi, said the winners in the junior and senior categories of the contest went home with a laptop each, while the second and third placed winners went home with plaques and medals.

Trophies, he said, were awarded to the first placed schools in the junior and secondary Categories.

At the end of the competition, Redeemer’s Secondary School emerged winner of the competition in both the senior and junior category taking home the golden cup and mini laptops. Lagoon Secondary School, Lagos and Word of Faith Schools, FCT, Abuja took second and third place respectively in the senior category while in the junior category, Grace High School, Gbagada, Lagos and Christ the Redeemer’s College, Sagamu came second and third respectively.

‘Know Your History’ Competition was first held in 2010 at the Centre for Management Development, Magodo, Lagos with the aim of making Nigeria’s rich history come alive among youths and adults by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.

The second edition of this competition took place over the weekend at the School hall in Agidingbi, Ikeja with the theme ‘Leaders in History’. It featured questions on people and events in the 1900’s, slogans of states amongst others in both senior and junior category. It was also spiced up with cultural display by Home Science Secondary School’s Cultural troupe who thrilled the audience with the Atelogwu dance steps. Also, Saint Jude’s music band was not left out as they sang familiar tunes to the audience.

The competition is open to all students in Arts, Commercial, Sciences, Technical and Social Sciences classes in the nation’s school system.

This year’s competition which held at Dansol College main Auditorium with the theme “Leaders in History” was attended by notable dignitaries such as the Head, Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Dr. Lanre Davies,  who represented Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, a professor of History and Maritime Studies and Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Lagos.

Source: The Punch Online

March 1, 2013 |

Google Science Fair 2013


Google-Science-Fair-2013The Google Science Fair is an online science competition to champion young scientific talent and give students across the world an opportunity to showcase ambitious ideas. It is open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. Students can register on their own, or as teams of up to three. See Official Rules for restrictions about eligibility.

Check out the Previous Years section to view the projects of previous finalists. We’re looking for ideas that will change the world.  To get started, all you’ll need is a Google account.


Registration is FREE. To get started, all you’ll need is a Google account.

Students can sign up by visiting, and clicking the green “Start your project” button. For more info, just visit the How to Enter page.


The Grand Prize includes

  • 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and $50,000 in scholarship funding – and it will truly change your life.
  • $50,000 Google scholarship intended to further the Grand Prize winner’s education. If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.
  • Choice of hands-on experience at one of these partner organizations: LEGO, CERN or GOOGLE

Grand Prize winner’s school

  • Digital Access to Scientific American archives for your School
  • $10,000 grant from Google to invest as they wish.

Several other prizes for various categories and finalists.


30th April, 2013 (11:59:59 PST i.e 7:59:59 Nigeria)

February 19, 2013 |

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2013


commonwealthEvery year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, it is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. Past winners include Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and Elspeth Huxley.

The Competition celebrates and nurtures the creative talents of young people across the Commonwealth, providing a platform for students to compete with their peers in each of the 54 nations which make up this unique association. Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

The competition is free to enter and in 2012 over 1,000 young writers, from 245 schools, in 38 countries across the Commonwealth received an award for their entry.

Are you a writer? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want your voice to be heard by others? If so, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is definitely for you. We encourage you to be creative in your response to our topics. You can submit a poem, letter, article, story, essay or even a short play. The choice is yours. Just get writing!

Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

Essay Topic

Junior Category (Born after 1st May 1999)

  1. When has hard work paid off for you?
  2. Creative thinking saved the day.
  3. Tell us about a moment of opportunity which changed the life of your family, community, country, continent or the entire planet.
  4. Is change a good thing?
  5. Opportunities galore!

Senior Category (Born between 2nd May 1994 and 1st May 1999)

  1. A  funding agency has asked you to make a pitch for an idea involving schools that would benefit your community.
  2. “I knew this was my moment.”
  3. Discuss one or more examples of social and/or environmental development where enterprise plays, or could play, a  key role in changing the way people live.
  4. “How enterprising!” a voice said as I closed the door behind me.
  5. Are we too risk-conscious these days?

Submission: Entrants will be able to submit their essays online from the end of January 2013.

Closing date: 1st May 2013

Announcement of results:  autumn of next year, when a Junior and Senior Prize Winner and Runner Up will be announced and our judges will make a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. We very much hope your school will feature!

For more details,

February 13, 2013 |

Cowbell Mathematics Competition 2013


cowbell Mathematics Competition 2013The 13th edition of the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) has been inaugurated. The Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathmatics competition is an event sponsored by Cowbell Milk (a quality food product from Promasidor Nigeria Limited) and approved by Federal Ministry of Education. It is widely acclaimed as one of the most credible educational competitions in Nigeria that truly seeks to reward excellence, demystifying mathematics as a subject and awakening the consciousness and interest of secondary school students in the country in in the subject.

There are prizes for Candidates and Teachers both at the State and National Levels. Apart from cash prizes, the National Champions and their Teachers will be sponsored to an all-expense paid vacation. The best three schools in each category will receive Mathematics Textbooks and High Class Sign Post bearing the name of the school. In addition, the schools producing the Prize Winner in each category at the National level will receive 5 Desk top Computers and a Printer each.

How to Enter

  • The Competition is open to students from 10 – 18 years of age attending full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria.
  • Entry into this competition is FREE: forms can be assessed on either the company’s website or headquarters’ office, stressing that the forms have to be properly filled, stamped and signed by the school principal but presented by the participating students to the officials at the examination centre at every stage of the competition.
  • Each School is required to present their BEST 6 (SIX) students in Mathematics (3 from JSS3 and 3 from SSS2), irrespective of sex, religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chance of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.

Special Raffle Draw

All students are required to bring two (2) empty 400 gram sachets of Cowbell milk to the first stage examination centres to participate in the raffle draw to win the following branded prizes: Rechargeable Lamps, Golf Bags, Portable Audio Players, Wall Clocks, Wristwatches, Scientific Calculators and School Bags.

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February 11, 2013 |

Ogun Produces First Winner of Spelling Bee Competition

Winners display their gift as they pose with the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun

Winners display their gift as they pose with the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun

The maiden edition of Spelling Bee Competition for public secondary schools in Ogun State on 20th of July, 2012 produced its first winner in person of Master Dansu Emmanuel of Community Senior High School, Tube in Ipokia Local Government of the state.

The grand finale of the maiden edition, which took place at Valley View Auditorium, Isale-Igbein, Abeokuta, brought together 60 students from 60 public secondary schools across the 20 local government areas of the state, and it witnessed by the facilitator of the competition and Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun.

The competition also produced Master Rhema Emmanuel of Salawu Abiola Comprehensive High School, Osiele in Odeda Local Government area of the state as the first runner-up and Covenant Harrison of St. Peter’s Comprehensive College, Olomore, Abeokuta in Abeokuta North Local Government area of the state as the second runner-up.

The winner of the competition was recognised as the Most Outstanding Speller in Ogun State, and he was presented with a cheque of N250,000, a laptop and a scholarship award for his university education. The second and third positions were given N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State urged the students to focus on their studies and promised to do everything within her reach to encourage them for a better performance in academic endeavours.

Education has been variously described as the bedrock of growth and development in any given society. A child who can spell correctly stands a better chance of writing and reading correctly and by implication such child will surely excel in his/her academic undertakings. The Spelling Bee Competition is designed to motivate our children for them to improve on their education standards

In his remarks the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olusegun Odubela said the competition was geared towards developing practical skills in vocabulary development and to groom students for leadership position, while promoting unity and national integration.

The commissioner commended Mrs. Amosun for her contribution to the success of the competition and her laudable initiatives in complementing the efforts of her husband in bringing succour to the lives of the less privileged in the society through her various Uplifting the needy programmes particularly the Uplifting SS 3 Students.

July 23, 2012 |

FG grants scholarships to Cowbell NASSMAC winners to study Mathematics


The Federal Government has promised to grant scholarships to any winner of the Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) who chooses to study Mathematics at the university level.

Professor Adewale Solarin , Acting Director-General /Chief Executive of the National Mathematics Centre (NMC) disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at the prize giving ceremony of the 2012 Cowbell NASSMAC  ceremony.

Master Uwa Benjamin a 15 year-old SSS 2 student of Iganmode Grammar School, Ota, Ogun State was the overall winner in the senior secondary school category with a total score of 96 per cent while Master Akintokun Samuel Gboyega, a JSS 2 student of Ota Total Academy, also in Ota, Ogun State emerged the overall winner in the junior secondary school category.

Professor Solarin said students should adopt the idea that better is not good enough, they must strive beyond, remarking that for the Vision 20:2020 of the Federal Government to become a reality, efforts must be geared towards science education, training and development, saying this is the bedrock for national development.

The director –General  said he hoped that “Our students will continue to take advantage of the Cowbell Mathematics competition and other competitions to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead as future leaders of this great country.”

Professor Solarin said Promasidor, makers of Cowbell Milk has over the years, demonstrated its resolve not only to contribute towards the development of the nation ,but also assist in the advancement of mathematics education in Nigeria, through the organization and sponsorship of the National Secondary School Mathematics Competition.

He said this development has endeared the company to the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Mathematics Centre and indeed to all states’  ministries of education and other stakeholders, remarking that the prize giving ceremony was historical as it was another step towards addressing the problem of apparent loss of pupils’ interest in Mathematics.

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Professor (Mrs.) Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I said the Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) which has become a national competition covering the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is annually organize to rekindle students’ interest in Mathematics at junior and secondary schools in Nigeria through well guided seminars, workshops, counseling and career talk.

He said it is also a forum for identifying and selecting excellent and gifted student participants to represent Nigeria at the various International Mathematics competitions and the Olympiad.

The minister who was represented by her Special Adviser on Education, Professor Sagir Abbas also noted that Promasidor has been providing financial assistance to schools and students in a bid to promote science, technology and Mathematics education in Nigeria.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Chief Keith Richards (OBE), Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria quoted Isaac Barrow, an English classical scholar, theologian and renowned Mathematician as saying that “Mathematics is the unshaken Foundation of Science.”

He said Barrow recognized that Mathematics was a universal language and the bedrock of science and technological advancement.

“We at Promasidor Nigeria Limited clearly recognize this fact and have been sponsoring NASSMAC for more than a decade through our flagship brand- Cowbell, “Richards said.

He said the primary objective of this CSR initiative is to arouse and re-awaken interest in Mathematics amongst secondary school students as a road map to nation building.

July 7, 2012 |

Cowbell Maths Competition 2012: Final Round


Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, has held the second and final stage exams of its Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) in four zones in the country.

A total of 74 pupils, who scored the highest marks in the senior and junior categories in the first stage exams (state champions) held in March in 200 centres in the country (including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT) participated in the final exam in the Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Abuja zones.

Fourteen pupils from the Southwest, with two from each state (one junior and one senior champion)  took part in the competition in the Lagos zone. The states are Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Oyo and Osun.

The pupils representing the Southeast sat for the exam in Enugu. Those representing the Southsouth sat for the exam in Port Harcourt while those representing the Northern sat for the exam in Abuja.

Mr Kachi Onubogu, Marketing Director of the company, said the best pupils in each category (junior and senior) from each state and the FCT participated in the final exam, adding that a total of 74 pupils participated in it.

He also said the final exam would produce the national winner as well as other best 10 pupils from each category.

On the zoning of the exam centres, Mr Orunsolu Ismail, a top official of the state’s Ministry of Education, who represented the Commissioner of Education, said the company has decentralised its exam centres as against the former practice of converging all the pupils on Lagos.

“The usual practice before was that all the 74 pupils would converge on Lagos. But now, there are about four zones – Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Abuja”, he said.

The best pupil in the senior category from Iganmode Grammar School, representing Ogun State, Akinjide Ayokunle, described the final exam as easy, adding that the competition is an eye opener.

He advised the government and other companies to emulate Promasidor’s initiative.

Similarly, Mr Anthony Okogi, a Mathematics teacher with Baptist Model High School, Ilorin, who accompanied his pupil, Akerekan Olayinka, winner of the senior category in the state, said the competition has assisted pupils and teachers to know their abilities, as it prepares them to compete with others in the country.

The Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) is a platform for identifying outstanding pupils and encouraging excellence among secondary school pupils in the country.

It started in 1998 with the aim of helping pupils to demystify mathematics and has since then, become a reference point in educational corporate social responsibility.

Source:74 attend Cowbell maths competition

June 28, 2012 |

Ogun Nursing Student Emerged Best Essay Writer


A student of the Ogun State School of Nursing, Ijebu Ode, Miss. Adenike Adewunmi has done the State proud by emerging as the best in an essay competition amongst students of Schools of Nursing across the country.

The essay competition tagged “Health of Women: A Call for Paradigm Shift in Family and Reproduction Health” organised by the Florence Nightingale Speech Contest Organisation was held at the School of Nursing, Eleyele Ibadan.

Reacting to the development when the student came to present the award to him, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka charged student nurses to always educate and enlighten their patients, adding that they should impact positively on the lives of the people now and in the future

He urged them to be involved more in health promotion activities, aspire to live an exemplary live and be role models to others coming after them.

Dr. Soyinka assured that on its part, the State government will be unrelenting in making teaching and learning more conducive in all its institutions of learning, particularly the nursing schools, so that products of the institutions would continue to win laurels.

Speaking later in an interview, the winner, Miss Adewunmi expressed delight and gratitude to God for emerging first amongst equals.

June 13, 2012 |

2012 Cowbell National Mathematics Competition First Stage Results


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the First Stage of the 2012 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition held nationwide on Saturday, 17 March, 2012. Promasidor has released the national result on state by state basis.

Analysis of Ogun state results revealed that 14 year old Uwa Benjamin led the senior category with an impressive 96%. Followed by Omotayo Oluwasunkami (15 years) with 95% and Adeyemo Peter (13 years) with 93%. Interestingly, all three are from Iganmode Grammar School, Idiroko.

Similarly, it was an all Ota Total Academy affairs in the Junior Category, with 11 year old Akintokun S. Adegboyega leading with and impressive 97%, closely followed by 12 year old Folorunso Temitope O. 96% and 13 year old Raheem Abdul-Razaq T. (90%).

Details of Ogun State result: Junior Category | Senior Category

May 24, 2012 |

2012 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition


Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, and sponsor of Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) has called for entry and participation from junior and senior secondary students across the country for the first stage examinations of the 2012 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition.

Details from promasidor’s website reveals that the competition is open to students from 10-18 years of age attending private and public Secondary Schools full time in Nigeria. Entry into this competition is FREE. Only the BEST 6 (Six) students in Mathematics – 3 from JSS3 and 3 from SSS2 (irrespective of sex, religion or state of origin) from each school are elegible to sit for this examination.

Each school head should collect 6 (Six) registration forms which must be correctly filled, stamped and signed by the School Principal and presented by the students to the officials at the examination centres on the examination day.

Examination date: Sunday, 17 March 2012. 10am prompt (Accreditation of candidates begins at 8:00am)

Details and Useful Links

March 4, 2012 |

How Ogun public school won Maths trophy


By lifting the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) senior category trophy at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday last week, Nurein Oyetobi Akindele, ended a 10-year drought for Iganmode Grammar School, Ogun State.

The school is one of the few state-owned public schools that have remained strong contenders in the competition, fighting for a slot in the final stage each year with equally formidable rival schools in Ogun State.

The Cowbell NASSMAC, now in its 11th edition, has gained such popularity over the years that secondary schools worth their salt work hard to groom their pupils to win the competition.

Since only one school per state can make it past the first stage, 16-year-old Akindele, an SS2 pupil, had to ensure that he made the highest score in Ogun State.  He not only achieved this but his 86 per cent also tied him with two others from more privileged schools, Charles Nwokotubo of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt and  Anioke Vincent of Nigerian Turkish International School, Abuja for the highest score in the country.

To show that Iganmode meant business this year, its three candidates at the first stage of the competition written on March 19 in 200 centres across Nigeria swept the top three prizes in Ogun State.  Steven Oriyomi came second with 84 per cent, while Oluwaseun Agunlaoji was third with 82 percent.  They rubbished rival schools such as Ota Total Academy whose pupils came fourth, fifth and seventh with 76, 70 and 58 per cent.  The best of the other two rival schools, the Ambassadors International College, Ota, and May Flower School, Ikenne, could manage was 57 and 56 per cent – 30 per cent short of what Akindele achieved – though better grades than the best paraded by some other states.

Writing the second stage examination on June 4 at the Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja, Akindele said he knew he had to up his game.  The 16-year-old said he was aware that those he tied with were equally good so he put his nose to the grind, working even harder.

“I was afraid of Abuja and Rivers because I knew they both made 86 per cent. But I worked hard and I was sure I would be among the 15 to make it to Abuja,” he said.

However, he had to wait until last Thursday to learn the result of his effort.  During a colourful prize giving ceremony at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton, the audience erupted in a loud ovation for Akindele when it was announced that he was the overall best with 96 per cent.

In second place with 91 per cent was Victor Tope Amuda, a pupil of Greater Tomorrow International College, Ikare in Ondo State, while 13-year-old Charles Nwokotubo, who was looking to make a record of being the first pupil to win both the junior and senior categories of the competition (he won the NASSMAC Junior category trophy in 2009 aged nine), had to be content with third place with 83 per cent.  In 2009, Akindele came second in the junior category in Ogun State so could not make it to the second and final stage.

For winning, Akindele received a cash prize of N300,000, a trophy, laptop, and lots of branded gift items from sponsors, Promasidor.  He also gets an all-expense paid trip to Whispering Palms, Badagry, Lagos in company of his Mathematics teacher, Mr Hakeem Atinsola, who was rewarded with N50,000 cash prize.  The school gets mathematics textbooks and five desktop computers.

Akindele was overwhelmed with excitement about his win during an interview after the event.  However, he was coherent enough to say that the win would make writing future examinations child’s play.

I feel very great.  I wanted to jump up but I couldn’t.  The competition has a great impact on my studies.  We have been preparing since SS1 so WAEC is a walk over.  Every school in Ogun State wants to win Cowbell competition.  Our rivals are Ota Total Academy, Ambassadors and May Flower

The feat also means a lot to Atinsola, his mathematics teacher, who described it as an encouragement.  He has been looking for a win since Iganmode last lifted the trophy in 2001. He said it took sheer determination on his part, the pupils and the school to remain in contention as a public school given that they teach and learn in environment that is not so conducive.

“We won in 2001.  In 2005, we came third and Sixth in 2009.  It is not easy for teachers in public schools like private schools.  If you look at this competition, the public schools are few.  It is a challenge.  We don’t want it to happen in Ogun State.  We are not encouraged by the government.

But I took it upon myself that this glory should come to our school again.  In 2009 I was discouraged when we came sixth.  When I discovered this boy, I was encouraged that Iganmode will come back to the limelight,” he said.

To prepare for the competition, Hakeem said the school assigned identified math gurus a separate class and began grooming them from SS1 – a year before they qualify to participate in the competition.

He said: “This competition is not a two, three-month affair.  We start in their SS1.  I have already started grooming SS1 students for next year.  We look at their broadsheet to check their performance, especially in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.  We choose 10 initially and weed them until four remain. We have a separate class for them. Those selected as Cowbell students are usually good in other subjects as well.

“What we do in our school is that we copied from the way May Flower does their scheme of work.  We include Further Maths topics in mathematics.”

In the junior category, it was 13-year-old Abdulrasaq Momoh of Charles Dale Memorial International School, Rivers State who smiled home with a prize of N250,000.  First runner-up, Emmanuel Ehinomen Agbonifo of DSC Technical High School, Aladja, Delta State, won N200,000 while second runner-up, Ugochukwu Aghaji of the Nigerian Turkish International College, Wuse, Abuja got N200,000.  Their schools got computers and printers.

The other 12 of the 15 finalists in each category got N15,000 as consolation prizes, while those in the top 10 of the senior category all got laptops.

Speaking about the significance of the competition, Managing Director of Promasidor, Chief Keith Richards, said the examination questions have never leaked since inception – a testament of its integrity.  He also expressed joy about the popularity of the competition which saw 34,000 junior and senior secondary school pupils participating this year.

“It is hard to believe that 11 years have elapsed since the first edition of the competition was held.  Over the years, we have continuously expanded the horizon of the competition – from 50 examination centres to 200 centres; from 4,455 participating schools to over 11,000 schools; from 15,000 students to more than 34,000 students.  NASSMAC has grown into a credible and successful examination that all Nigerian secondary schools, teachers and students want to associate and identify with it,” he said.

Source: The Nation

June 30, 2011 |

Cowbell Maths Contest In Second Stage


Results of the first stage of the 2011 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC), which took place on March 19 across the country, have been posted online.

The competition which has been on for 11 years, had over 30,000 junior and senior secondary school pupils participating in the first stage examination that was written in 200 centres across the country.

With a score of 96 per cent, Mardhiyah Sanni, a 12-year old pupil of Ota Total Academy, Ogun State, was the best in the junior category Pan Nigeria, while three pupils got the highest score of 86 per cent in the senior category. They are 15-year old Akindele Oyetobi (Iganmode Grammar School, Ogun State), 13-year-old Charles Nwokotubo (Graceland International School, Port Harcourt),
and 14-year-old Anioke Vincent (Nigerian Turkish International School, Abuja).

However, the competition is not over as they still have to prove their supremacy in the second stage of the competition which they will join other state winners to write on June 4 in four centres (Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Port-Harcourt).

Arrangements are already in advanced stage to contact and reward 222 pupils that emerged as the top three winners in each state in the first stage examination. The first prize winner will get N25, 000, while the second and third prize winners will receive N20, 000 and N15, 000 respectively.

Source: The Nation (26/05/2011)

May 30, 2011 |

EU Launches 2010 Drawing Competition


At the occasion of Women’s International Day on 8 March 2010 the European Commission launched a drawing competition on the theme: “Once upon a time there were a girl and a boy; together they wanted to make the world a better place…”

Eligibility: 8 – 10 years old student

Canvas: A4 Paper

Prize: equivalent to the value of 1000 Euros

Deadline for receipt of the drawings: 14 May 2010.

Submission: To the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria, Europe House, 21st Crescent, off Constitution Avenue, Central Business Area, P.M.B. 280, Garki, Abuja

Details: 2010 Drawing Competition Advert  | Rules of the Drawing Competition.

April 2, 2010 |

First Stage Result – 2010 Cowbell National Mathematics Competition


Results of the the First Stage of the 2010 Cowbell National Mathematics Competition which held nationwide on Saturday, February 13, 2010 has been released.

Of the 686 student from Ogun State schools who entered for the Junior category, 12 year old Master Aro Ayomide of The Ambassador’s College, Ota came first with a score of 67%, followed by Master Shodipo Ahmed (13 yrs) of Mayflower School, Ikenne, with 65% and Master Ajala Rasheed (12 years) of Ota Total Academy, Ota with 57%.

In the Senior category, 13 year-old, Miss Sanni Mutmainah of Ota Total Academy, Ota clinched the first position with (98%) followed by Miss Shodipo Aminat Abolaji of Nigerian Turkish International School and Miss Egbekunle Oluwafunmilola (90%) of Iganmode Grammar School  There were 640 entries from Ogun State.

The three top best students in both the senior and junior categories of this stage in each state will be presented cash awards of N20,000, N15,000 and N10,000 respectively while the mathematics teacher of the first prize winner in both categories will smile home with the sum of N15,000.

The best student in each category from each state and the federal capital (74 students in all) will participate in the second and final stage examination to be held in Lagos on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

StudyInOgun wishes Master Aro Ayomide and Miss Sanni Mutmainah all the best.

Ogun state Junior Category | Senior Category
Link to All the results


April 2, 2010 |

7th Mike Okonkwo Essay Competition for Secondary School Students


Topic “Nigeria at 50: Its leadership, Development and the Future”

Submission date: between 1st April and 29th May 2010.

Participation Rules

  • Maximum of 2000 words
  • Name of student, class, email, contact phone number and passport photograph
  • Name of school and detailed address
  • Name of Principal and phone number

Entries can be POSTED to
The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) International Headquarters,
Obanikoro/Anthony Oke Bus Stop, P.O Box 5340, Lagos.

1st Prize:
Student – N100,000 + Laptop
School – 3 Internet Ready Computers + Printer

2nd Prize:
Student – N75,000 + Laptop
School – 2 Internet Ready Computers + Printer

1st Prize:
Student – N50,000
School – 1 Internet Ready Computer

March 25, 2010 |

Art Competition for Children 2010


The NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education Invites entries for the Art Competition for Children 2010

Theme: Nigeria: Our Land, Our Pride
(in celebration of Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary)

Eligible participants: Students in JSS1 – SSS3 classes in Nigerian Secondary Schools

Prizes: Educational Grant to winners for the rest of their secondary education.

Syllabus (Rules and Regulations)

Format: Painting

Size: Not exceeding 60cm x 45cm

Colour: Free (not monochrome)

Medium: Poster, Water Colour, Oil Color or Acrylic

Please supply the following information at the back of each work:

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Class
  • School
  • Title of work
  • School Stamp and Principal’s Signature
  • Phone number of student, art teacher and parents

General information

  1. Participants are advised to comply strictly to the theme and rules of the competition
  2. All works must be original and unaided
  3. Entries for each school should not exceed a maximum of three works

Entries should be addressed and submitted to:

Cheveron Nigeria Limited
Abuja Office
2-3 Hon, Justice Mohammed Bello Street, Asokoro, Abuja

Mr T E Jimoh
Federal Secretariat Phase III
Instructional Materials and Publicity Branch
RM 204 (Second Floor Podium), Abuja

Policy Government and Public Affairs
Km 4, Warri, New Port Expressway
P. M. B. 1244, Warri, Delta State

Port Harcourt
Policy Government and Public Affairs
Chevron Nigeria Limited,
Plot 99, Trans Amadi Industrial Layout
P M B 5337, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Policy Government and Public Affairs
2, Chevron Drive
Lekki-Epe Expressway
Lekki Peninsula, Lagos

Closing Date: April 30, 2010

For enquiries please contact
Okegbemiro Kunle: 08025889863 –

Source: The Guardian (Wednesday, 17 February, 2010)

February 19, 2010 |

2008 First Bank Annual Secondary School Quiz Competition


Entry for the 2008 First Bank Annual Secondary School Quiz Competition opens from Monday June 2, 2008 to  Tuesday  June 24, 2008.

Mode of Entry:

Principals of interested secondary schools are to formally request for entry forms and details of participating guidelines from any branch of First Bank of Nigeria Plc, FITC Consulting and Post Offices nationwide or download the information form.

Prizes to be won:

1st Prize

  • School: Gift worth N250,  000
  • Student: N150, 000 cash
  • Teacher: N75,  000 cash


2nd Prize

  • School: Gift worth N200,  000
  • Student: N100, 000 cash
  • Teacher: N50, 000 cash


3rd Prize

  • School: Gift worth N150,  000
  • Student: N75, 000 cash
  • Teacher: N40,  000 cash


Three (3) Consolation Prizes

  • School: Gift worth N75,  000 each
  • Student: N50, 000 cash
  • Teacher: N25,  000 cash


Examination Date: Saturday July 5, 2008

Test Areas: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,  Biology, Economics, Government and  Current Affairs

June 14, 2008 |

2008 First Bank Annual Undergraduate Essay Competition


Entry for the 2008 First Bank Annual Undergraduate Essay Competition open from June 2, 2008 to July 15, 2008

Prizes to be won:

  • 1st Prize: N250,000
  • 2nd Prize: N200,000
  • 3rd Prize: N150,000
  • 7 consolation prizes of N50,000 each

Topic: Infrastructural Decay and National Development – The Roles of Banks

Mode of Entry:

Each entry should not be more than 20 pages (A4 size) typewritten, double spaced with participant’s name, gender, age, contact address (institution and residential), e-mail address and telephone number. All entries must be endorsed by student’s respective Head of Department and submitted by July 15, 2008 to any branch of First Bank of Nigeria Plc or FITC Consulting offices nationwide.

Download information form for details.

June 14, 2008 |

Result: International Essay Competition 2008


Finalists for the International essay Competition 2008 were announced on April 30, 2008 at the competition’s website blog the finalists are:

  • Himali Ashis, Nepal
  • Hokou Hermann, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Machado Sara, Brazil
  • Nugroho Katarina, Indonesia
  • Obajeun Jonah, Nigeria
  • Rodriguez Maria, Colombia
  • Saptarshi Pal, India
  • Wang Mengting, China

Information from the organiser’s website reveals that Final Jury to select the eventual winner would seat in Cape Town, South Africa (June 9-10) while the Award Ceremony holds during the ABCDE Conference in Cape Town, South Africa (June 11, 2008).

Awards include:

  • A grand prize of $5,000
  • Runner-up prizes of $1,000

Following the first round of review, here are the names of authors from Nigeria whose essays were selected from the top 200.

Ajayi Shakir
Akintobi Olutayo
Akinwolemiwa Feyikemi
Anyaduba Chigbo
Chukwudi Echeta
Dike Chiedozie
Duru Samuel
Edet Ekpo
Ekwuruke Henry
Iruemiobe Oluwatosin
Korede Benedict
Obajeun Jonah
Obiechina John
Okeke Chukwudi
Okunuga Olabisi
Oshinuga Jesudamilare
Owolabi Taiwo
Oyegoke Abiodun
Silvanus Silvanus
Vincent Akula
Welye Hamira

May 4, 2008 |

Cowbell Mathematics Competition First Stage Results – Ogun State


The results of the First Stage of the 2008 Cowbell National Secondary School Competition examination which held on Saturday,
February 10, 2007 has been posted on Promasidor website.

Of the 469 entries from Ogun State for the Junior category, 12 year old Miss SHODIPO A. Abolaji of Mayflower School, Ikenne came first with a total of 98%, followed by Master OGUNDIMU R. Olayinka (14 yrs) of Omolara Comprehensive College, Agbado (96%) and Miss SANNI M. Ololade (11 years) of Ota Total Academy, Ota with 93%.

In the Senior category, Master DUROJAIYE Oluwadamilola with (94%) and Miss NIAMEH U. Racheal (89%) both of Mayflower Senior School, Ikenne clinched the first and second position respectively while POPOOLA Peter-Paul of Ota Total Academy, Ota with 88% came third. There were 449 entries from Ogun State.

The first position in Junior and Senior Category would be representing the state for Second and final Stage Exam (National). Here is wishing Miss SHODIPO Abolaji and Master DUROJAIYE Oluwadamilola all the best.

Master Sanni Abdulmusawwir of Ota Total Academy, Ota, Ogun State emerged as the overall best student for the Senior Category at last year’s edition.

April 6, 2008 |

2008 Cowbell Mathematics Competition First Stage Results Out


Result of the just concluded first stage examination of the 2008 Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) have been released. The competition which has been on for 10 years, held the first stage examination on Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 130 centers in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

All students who participated in the competition are expected to log on to, or visit either the Ministry of Education or Promasidor Offices to check their results.

At the state level, prizes include N15,000, N10,000 and N5,000 for the first, second and third winners respectively in both the Junior and senior categories, while a cash of N10,000 would be given to the Mathematics teacher of the first prize winners in each state for both Senior and Junior secondary school categories.

Arrangements are already in advanced stage to contact and reward 222 students that emerged as winners in the first, second and third positions in both the Junior and senior secondary school categories.

Only the first prize winners with the highest mark in both the Junior and senior categories from each state would be invited and sponsored to Lagos for the second and final stage examination from where the national winners will emerge.

Source: The Guardian (27th March, 2008)

April 4, 2008 |

First Bank Essay, Quiz Contests Winners Emerge


A final year medical student of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Mr. Olabode Kolade and Master Onuchukwu Madubuchukwu of Jephtha Comprehensive Secondary School, Port-Harcourt have emerged winners of this year’s First Bank Annual Undergraduate Essay and Senior Secondary Quiz Competitions.

At an awards ceremony held at the Lagoon Restaurant, Lagos, last Thursday, Kolade was presented the sum of N250, 000 and an automatic job employment with the bank on graduation. Kolade, a native of Ijebu-Igbo described the competition as an eye opener, considering his medical background. “This competition for me was an opportunity to learn about the MDGs. Before now I knew nothing about the goals, thanks to First Bank for giving me the opportunity to do so. They have indeed added colour to my destiny. They are truly the first. Now I can give a talk on the MDGs, if I am asked to do so.”

He said getting himself to write the essay was one of the greatest challenges he has had to grapple with. “It was not easy for me to make up my mind to write the essay, considering the large number of people that usually participate. I thought my efforts would be a waste. But thanks to Almighty God and some of my colleagues who urged me on. I wouldn’t have made this attempt in the first place. I really thank them.”

He dedicated the award to Chief Tai Solarin, the founder of his alma mater, Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne, whom he said nurtured and instilled the spirit of self reliance and belief in him. Asked if he would accept the job offer, considering his discipline, Medicine and Surgery, the first of three children said, “That is a thought for tomorrow.”

In appreciation of First Bank, Kolade said he would set up a Foundation in future, to help the less privileged in the society. A Third Year Law student of the University of Lagos, Mr.Opeoluwa Osinubi came second and went home with the sum of N150,000. The 19-year old also thanked the bank saying, “First Bank is empowering the youths of this country, through this annual competition. From what I have discovered in the cause of writing this essay, it would be a dream come true, if the MDGs are realized.” He added that the banks control what it takes to realise the goals.

The third place winner, Mr. Adesola Babatunde, a graduate of Architecture from the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, who is currently undergoing his postgraduate studies, said First bank, through the competition was identifying the enormous potentials in the Nigerian youths, “this is an expression of First Bank’s confidence in the Nigerian youth”, he said. He thanked God for been one of the best three: “I see this as a favour from God, and I really appreciate Him for this. If this opportunity were to re-present itself I may probably not be among the first 10.” He won the cash sum of N 100,000. First Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jacobs Ajekigbe said both Osinubi and Babatunde wo ld also enjoy the automatic job offer, subject to meeting theemployment criteria of the bank. Others in the category, from fourth to tenth positions, went home with the sum of N50, 000 each.

Over the years, the bank has organised the annual essay competition to stimulate intellectual discourse among students and prepare them for the challenges of the future. While the quiz is of a general nature, the essay competition is designed to seek possible solutions to pertinent national issues. The topic of this year’s essay competition was ‘Harnessing the Potential of Nigerian Banks for Meeting the Millennium Development Goals’.

Culled from: This Day Newspaper (24 Feb 2008)

March 18, 2008 |

Students Excel in National Competitions


Comprehensive High  School (Junior secondary) has emerged the 1st Prize Winner of the Code of Conduct/Ministry of Education  2007 Children’s Forum Competition (Poetry Junior Category) in the competition that held in Abuja on  12th December,  2007. The name of the  student who represented the school is Adeniran Omotayo of JSS 2 CW and the  Teacher that prepared her for the  competition is Mr. E. O. Owoyele.

In a related  development, a student of Yewa (Egbado) College, Ilaro, Ogun State Master Ishola  Wasiu won the Second position at  the year 2007 National Environmental Sanitation Day Secondary School Art competition.  The art work of the senior secondary school  student gave him the second place in the competition organized by the Federal  Ministry of Environment, Housing and Urban Development. Wasiu had earlier through his artwork entry emerged first at the state level, while Jimoh Yusuf, also of the College  came second at the state competition.

Another pupil of Remo Division High School, Master  Ajayi Oloruntoba came third at  the 2007 National Secondary School Art Competition  for the Junior category.

Culled from: Gateway Tescom News


February 14, 2008 |

International Essay Competition 2008


The World Bank, the Cities Alliance, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invite you to participate in an International Essay Competition 2008 for students and non-students alike, between 18 and 25 years of age (born  between 1983 – 1990).

2,240 young people from 130 countries submitted their  essays to the International Essay Competition 2007! Olumide Adekola Adewoye from Nigeria won the 3rd Place prize (1,000 USD). Ogbu Emmanuel Chukwuemeka also from Nigeria was a finalist.

This year’s topic is Shaping the City of Your Dreams

Awards include:


  • A grand prize of $5,000

  • Runner-up prizes of $1,000

Authors of the best essays (finalists) will be invited to participate in the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The jury reserves the right to modify the allocation depending on the number of winning essays.

For further information, please contact:

February 7, 2008 |

2008 Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition


All is now set for the 2008 Cowbell National  Secondary Schools Mathematics competition. The Cowbell National  Secondary Schools Mathematics competition is an annual event open to all Secondary Schools in Nigeria. The 2007 edition of the competition ended with with Sanni Abdulmusawwir of Ota Total Academy, Ota,  Ogun State and Ezeaka Chibudem Lesley of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja  emerging the best two kid’ mathematicians in the country.

The first stage of the this year’s competition would take place in 130 centres across the country on February 16 and the results posted on the company’s website as from March 27, 2008.

The second and the final stage would at the Lagos Airport Hotel on Saturday April 19 with  the best two pupils from each state and the Federal Capital Territory  competing for the final . The best two candidates of the 2008 edition in the competition would represent Nigeria at the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad in Egypt in August.


  • State winners (both categories): first  – N15,000, second – N10,000 and third – N5,000.
  • National winners – Junior school category: first – N100,000, second – N75,000 and third – N50,000
  • National winners – Senior school category: first – N130,000, second – N100,000 and third – N75,000.
  • Mathematics teacher of the first prize winners in each  state for both the junior and senior school category.
  • School of  the star prize winner: 200 classroom tables and  chairs, mathematics textbooks and metal sign post.
  • Schools of second and  third winners: Mathematics textbooks and metal sign post  respectively.


In addition, winners will also receive  branded gifts items and Cowbell milk products.

Entry  into the competition is completely free and school principals may also download registration forms,  guidelines, list of examination centers and read other details from the website of Promasidor  Nigeria Ltd.

February 5, 2008 |

NSE Announces Winners of 2007 Annual Essay Competiton


The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has released the names of winners of its 8th Annual Essay Competition for secondary school and
tertiary institutions in Nigeria. An advert to this effect was posted on page 28 of Sunday Punch Newspaper of November 4, 2007. There were fifty winners listed for the secondary category while forty-nine were listed for tertiary category.

Winner from the state for the Secondary category are Onakoya, Toluwalope I and Akinjomo, K. Mercy O, both of Faith Academy, Ota. In the tertiary category, Adesemowo, Adetutu Mary and Soliu, Luqman both of Olabisi Onabanjo University did the state proud.

The award ceremony for winners will hold on Monday, November 12, 2007 at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos at 10.00am

November 7, 2007 |
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