Students from Kaduna, Niger, Ondo and Abia States completed the list of 12 finalists for the 2017 Cowbellpedia secondary school mathematics television quiz show.
In the junior category, Joel Ndoh of Marist Brothers Juniorate, Aba, Abia State; Olayinka Abdulwakil of Nigerian Tulip International College Kaduna and Greatman Nwachukwu of Dority International Secondary School, Aba, scaled the first-round hurdle, while Nwachukwu exited in the second round to pave way for Ndoh and Abdulwakil in the final.
Hezekiah Ilesanmi of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State; Joseph Agom of Top Faith International Secondary School, Uyo, and Fuad Alaka of Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos who recorded a perfect score in the qualifying examination, did not make it pass the first round.
An elated Abdulwakil, prayed for more grace to excel at the finals. “I am relieved, but my ultimate aim is to win and become the 2017 champion. So, help me God” he remarked.
Ndoh, who is featuring in the competition for the first time, also prayed for God’s guidance as he looks forward to wearing the crown.
The senior category produced straight winners after Ikechukwu Ibeh of Federal Government College, Suleja, Niger State and Evans Owamoyo of Greater Tomorrow International College, Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State triumphed over Favour Abusomwan of Iganmode Grammar School, Ota, Ogun State in the second round of the semi-finals.