Two winners have emerged in the 2017 edition of the Cowbellpedia TV QUIZ show. They are Jessey Uche-Nwichi – winner in the junior category and Munachi Ernest-Eze – winner in the senior category.
Munachi made history however, having won the 2015 edition in the junior category and coming back to win in the senior category.
The Cowbellpedia television show seeks to identify the emergence of Nigeria’s youngest next inventors. It is in its third season this year.
Sponsors of the show, Cowbell Milk noted through micro blogging platform, Twitter that Munachi is a 16-year-old student of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja.
Winner at the junior category, Jessey is a 13-year-old student of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Journey to the finals
The journey of the finalists began when 52,000 students wrote a preliminary test. Out of the 52,000, 108 made it to the live-show. These 108 were the 74 best junior and senior students from all 36 states and the FCT (to ensure every state is represented). The remaining 34 were the best students nationwide – 17 junior and senior.
At the end of the last semi-final, Joel Ndoh of Marist Brothers Juniorate, Aba, Abia State and Olayinka Abdulwakil of Nigerian Tulip International College Kaduna, Kaduna State completed the list of the six finalists in the Junior category.
The other finalists in the Junior category include Osasere Egharevba and Jessey Uche-Nwichi both of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Ezekiel Ekanem of Advanced Breed Group of Schools, Sagamu, Ogun State and Oluwafemi Adeyanju of Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
In the Senior category, Ikechukwu Ibeh of Federal Government College, Suleja, Niger State and Evans Owamoyo of Greater Tomorrow International College, Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State picked the final two slots.
Other finalists in the Senior category are Tomiwa Olatunbosun of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State; Munachi Ernest-Eze of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja; Oluwanifise Onafowokan of The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State and Michael Paul of Excel Grace Academy, Gboko, Benue State.
From the above, 12 finalists emerged – 6 in the junior and senior categories and 2 of them (Munachiso and Jessey) will be walking away with the grand prize of N1Million each, an all-paid educational excursion outside the country and the ultimate bragging rights of being the 2017 Mathematics Champions.
Cowbell has been promoting mathematics in secondary schools in Nigeria for about 20 years now through the yearly competitions. We urge other companies to emulate them also.
Watch the finals below.