Anayo Okolie
Out of about 349 schools that participated in The Ultimate Mathematics Ambassador (TUMA), a 10-year old student of Grace Children School, Gbagada, Lagos State, Daniel Emeka-Ilozor, emerged winner.

Emeka-Ilozor scored 93 per cent to beat his closest rival, another10-year old Adekunle Oreoluwa David of Lifecrown Private School, Abeokuta, Ogun State, who scored 87 per cent.

The TUMA 2016 prize giving ceremony took place at The Ambassadors College, Ota. While the winner was excited, some others participants in the competition wore a sad look.

The winner won N125, 000 cash prize with a plaque, textbooks, bags and other gifts, while the 1st and 2nd runner up was rewarded with N100, 000 and N75, 000 with plaques, textbooks, bags and other gifts respectively. Apart from their personal gifts, Emeka-Ilozor also won a laptop, printer, textbooks and plaque for his school while Adekunle won a laptop, textbooks and plaque for his school. Kabiawu won a printer, textbooks and plaque for his school.

The three top mathematicians also brought smile to the faces of their teachers as Emeka-Ilozor’s mathematics teacher went home with N50, 000 cash and a plaque, while Adekunle and Kabiawu teachers went home with N30, 000 and N20, 000 cash prizes.

Speaking on his victory, Emeka-Ilozor expressed happiness saying that he was happy to have come first in the competition. His mother, Mrs. Emeka-Ilozor, who was excited over her son victory in TUMA 2016, said Daniel prepared very well for the competition and give thanks to God for making his son to defeat other participants in the competition.

Also speaking, ‎the Director-General of National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Prof. Adewale Solarin encouraged Nigerian students to compete in global competitions. He also urged public schools to participate actively in school competitions.

According to the chairman of The Ambassadors Schools Ota, Mr. Samsom Osewa, the aim of the TUMA annual Mathematics competition is to discover, encourage and challenge mathematically gifted young pupils throughout the nation and to reduce and eliminate mathematics phobia among pupils.

“‎The Ambassador Schools is a Christian school located in Ota, Ogun State. As a complete full-fledged and government approved school, we place importance on the teaching of all approved subjects. We however cannot undermine the fact that Mathematics is a key subject in the study of sciences.

Therefroe, we have taken the initiative of solving problem from the grassroots by orga‎nising a mathematics competition among Primary Five and Six pupils in Ogun and Lagos States. Our aim is to arrest the mathematics phobia at the foundation level of our educational system, hence, sensitizing, encouraging and motivating the interest of students in the study of mathematics and the sciences”, he said.