Wednesday 27th July, 2016, Lagos Nigeria: Master Adegoke Aromolaran of Bibo Oluwa Academy Ilesa, Osun State has disclosed that his love for Mathematics is like a sedative drug he uses anytime he is tensed up. Aromolaran who contested in the senior category of the on-going preliminary rounds of the 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Television Quiz Show explained that his love for Mathematics started early from his Primary School days at Ilesa.

He added that the subject, which scares a lot of students, comes naturally to him. “It is my pain killer. Any time I am stressed up, I simply took my Mathematics textbook and work up a sum, and that is it. To me, Mathematics is fun, plenty of fun. And anytime, I am not working mathematics, I hang out in my mummy’s shop,” he said.

He also praised his teacher and the school management which he said provided a conducive atmosphere for talents to boom among the students. Before now, the President of the Mathematics Association of Nigeria, Professor Che Agwagah who said that the causes of the poor performance in the subject were student-related, observed that quite a number of mathematics teachers, especially at the secondary school level, were weak in knowledge content and pedagogy

Aromolaran, one of the eight that had a perfect score in the qualifying examination, expressed confidence of a good outing in the competition. He wants to study Mechanical engineering and hopes to invent cheaper electricity for the benefit of the nation.

He equally wants to make his parents and Osun state proud by coming top in this year’s competition. “This is my first time in the Cowbellpedia Mathematics Competition and I want to make the best of it. The competition is tough, but only the tough can get to the top,” he told journalists in Lagos.

The soft spoken SSS 2 student scored 110 points in the first and second rounds of the competition to join Kenneth Nwagu of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the semi-final stage of the competition.

Aromolaran also prays he wins the ultimate prize of one million naira and an all-expenses paid educational excursion outside the country.

Promasidor has also promised that the first and the second runners-up will go home with N750, 000 and N500, 000 respectively. There will also be plaques, mathematics textbooks and a desktop computer for the winners.

Parents and stakeholders in the education sector have also lauded Promasidor Nigeria Limited for bankrolling the initiative which is aimed at discovering and celebrating young scientists and future inventors in the country.

In the 2015 edition, students of Adeyemi Demonstration Secondary School, Ondo, Ondo state and Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja emerged winners. While Ayodeji Akinkuowo of Adeyemi Demonstration College won in the senior category, Munachi Ernest-Eze of Loyola Jesuit won in the junior category.


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