The secret to better performance in Mathematics lies in developing a special relationship with the subject, which has developed into a phobia for many students.

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This was the submission of Ifeanyi Ayoku, a participant in the ongoing 2018 of Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show, sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the leading brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

Ifeanyi Anyoku, a student of the Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, explained that the secret of his exploits in Mathematics could be likened to the relationship that existed between him and his sibling.

“I am the first child in the family and for that reason, relationship is very key in order to carry my sibling along. I have therefore transferred this love and bond to Mathematics and it has helped me a great deal,” he added.

In a stimulating preliminary junior category Group F contest last weekend in Lagos, Ifeanyi and Faith Odunsi, from The Ambassadors College, Ota Ogun State, secured the semi-final tickets.

The feat by the duo sent four of their colleagues out of the Quiz Show. They are: Gospel Omosebi of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State; Umar Muhammad of Nigerian Tulip International College, Damaturu, Yobe State and Shekinah Odola of Evangel Group of Schools, Gombe, Gombe State.

Ifeanyi thanked his teachers for believing in him and promised to maintain the impetus in the days ahead.

Faith, the only female semi-finalist in Group F, described her experience in the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show as quite fantastic and interesting. “I pray to sustain the momentum and win. I will feel very great to be crowned a champion,” she said.

In the senior category, Adebisi Ademola of Reality High School, Ilesha, Osun State; and Enoch Adelekan from The Ambassadors College, Ota Ogun State qualified for the semi-finals.

Four contestants could not go beyond the first and second rounds in this group. These are: Joshua Umoh of Monef High School, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; Akachukwu Onyuike of Nigerian Tulip International College, Abuja; James Gabriel of Deeper Life High School, Calabar, Cross River State; and Mairo Musa-Machima of Elkanemi College, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Adebisi promised to channel all her energy and capacity to lift the crown. “I feel excited scaling this hurdle. But my ultimate ambition is to win and become the 2018 Cowbellpedia champion,” he said.

Enoch, on his part, expressed relief at getting to this stage and prayed to win the ultimate prize to make himself, his parents and his proud school.

In the spirit of the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria, this year’s prize money has also been doubled as winners in both categories will receive N2 million each with an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country; while the first and second runners-up will receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively.

The teachers of the top prize winners will be awarded N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.

Also, each of the winning schools will be presented with Mathematics textbooks, desktop computers and printers.

The 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematic TV Quiz continues this weekend. It will be aired to millions of viewers on DSTV Africa Magic Family Channel, AIT Network and other six television stations across the country.