A Senior Secondary 2 student of International School, Ibadan, Victor Adetunji, has emerged Africa’s Maths Champion 2022 after defeating over 10,000 participants across Africa.
According to a report by the The Nation, the feat has earned Victor $5,000 worth of university scholarship at the just-concluded Cruxlearning Mathematics Contest Africa.
Cruxlearning Mathematics Contest Africa (CLMCA) is a pan-African competition where over 10,000 SS2 students from 24 African countries registered for the annual contest through the online platform where qualifying exams was conducted.
The top 18 were shortlisted for the second stage of the reality TV Quiz Show designed to demystify mathematics, identify and reward outstanding students for their brilliance in the subject and social skills.
After four weeks in the Mathslounge, the second stage ended with the last six geniuses engaging in a thrilling final encounter with the Dean to determine Africa’s Math Champion. Root – Victor Adetunji – emerged the champion with $5,000 worth of university scholarship followed by Alpha – Femi Ositade of The Ambassadors College, Ota in second place, winning $2,500; and Curve – Joyce Onubogu of British Spring College Awka in third place and winning $1,500 worth of scholarship.
The 15-year-old, whose parents are lecturers at the University of Ibadan, was described by his mother as very diligent.
She appreciated the organisers of the contest for the honour and opportunity given to her son.
The winner also expressed gratitude to God and dedicated his victory to Him, his teacher and his parents.
He also acknowledged the impact of the four weeks spent in the Mathslounge on his life, describing the opportunity he had to engage in the various tasks and activities as life-changing for him.
Adetunji said it had gone a long way in helping him develop better social skills, logical reasoning, application of mathematics in everyday activities and also opened his mind to develop solutions to various challenges affecting Africans.
In his welcome address, the Founder of CruxDeals Limited, Oladapo Ojo, reiterated the pivotal role of mathematics as the catalyst for innovations and development in the quest to catapult Africa to the league of digital nations in the world.
“It is our hope that Cruxlearning Mathematics Contest Africa (CLMCA) will increase and heighten the interest of a lot more African youth in the study of mathematics and in so doing, produce the next Albert Einstein,” he said.
He saluted the over 10,000 participants, especially the six finalists, for their performance and assured that the organisers would continue to support the academic development of African children.
“Let this giant step serve as a great hope for our teens and youths, together we can build a new living Nigeria,” he said.