In the past two decades, Cowbell has sponsored mathematics competition for secondary schools around Nigeria.
The cowbellpedia is a game quiz put together for secondary school students across Nigeria.
The purpose of the game is to help the students harness their intellect and to honor the most outstanding among them. The game is majorly centered on mathematics.
STAGES OF THE COMPETITION
STAGE 1: A qualifiers exam is opened to and written by any student in JSS 3 and SSS 2 across Nigeria. The qualifiers exam determines who makes it to the second stage.
This is also called the National qualifying examination, it is written across 34 states in Nigeria.
Ten students per school are registered into the competition, 5 students from junior secondary school and 5 from senior secondary school.
The best students from each state irrespective of their schools would be picked as state representatives in each category.
The cowbellpedia competition is in two categories;
The junior category, which only involves the junior secondary school three (3) students and the senior category, which involves students in senior secondary school two classes who are eligible to participate.
STAGE 2: The best 54 students are carefully picked per category (108 students in total) for a studio based competition. The students are converged in Lagos for the final competition, which is usually a televised mathematical quizzing competition.
Twenty overall best students are also picked as national best to qualify in every category. This second stage is made up of three mini stages; the preliminary stage, the semi final and the final round. Each stage is made up of two quiz rounds.
Scores and points are awarded based on accuracy and speed, the quicker a student enters the accurate answer, the higher the student’s point.
A question that is answered with the time space of 15 seconds, the student is awarded 5 points. A question answered within the time space of 30 seconds gets 4 points. 45 seconds gets 3 points, 60 seconds gets 2 points while any answer that comes after 60 seconds is awarded 1 point.
THE COWBELLPEDIA STARS:
The following cowbellpedia stars have been carefully collated from the year 2014 to the currently on going competition selection in 2018.
The winner of 2014 cowbellpedia mathematics competition is Akintokun Adegboyega for the senior category.
The students along with Deborah Adesina, from the junior category emerged the overall best students in the competition. They were as usual, awarded cash prices and an educational excursion trip outside Nigeria.
The winner of 2015 cowbellpedia mathematics competition, Ayodele Akinkuowo, won a full scholarship to study in the University of Moscow, Russia.
He won the scholarship to study aeronautic engineering at the University of Moscow. The sponsors of the cowbellpedia annual quiz competition, Promasidor also gave Akinkuowo the sum of 2,500 dollars in a ceremony held in Lagos.
Akinkuowo stated deep and sincere gratitude and promised to always keep the cowbellpedia spirit high and enthusiastic in all his future endeavors.
He also said that cowbellpedia emboldened him and taught him to face challenges head on. His experience with cowbellpedia gave him the fortitude he needed to face the changes and challenges he would face in his new school in Russia.
Ernest-Eze Munachi was the winner for the junior secondary school category 2015.
The winner of 2016 cowbellpedia competition is Oguntade Ayooluwa for the senior level category while Juliet Ekoko was the winner for the junior category.
The winners were awarded with cash prizes of a million each and an educational excursion outside Nigeria.
2017 was a double feat for cowbellpedia as a past 2015 junior category winner came back to the competition when he could contest on a senior level category and also won.
Munachi Ernest-Eze won the senior category two years after winning the junior level category.
Jesse Uche-Nwichi emerged the winner of the junior level category.
Every year some 51,018 students writes the qualifier exams in hopes of making it to the second stage but only 108 students are picked out of those thousands to make it to the final stage.
This year 2018 was not any different.
The finalists of 2018 comprises of 83 males and 25 female students in both senior and junior secondary school category.
The senior category was led by Michael Paul of Excelgrace Academy and Akaajime Gboko from Benue State.
The junior category was led by four students who showed perfect scores, Anita Alabi from Gloryland Secondary School in Igharra, Edo State, Fuad Alabi from Federal College of Science and Technology in Akoka, Lagos.
Monyei Cynthia from Good Shepherd Secondary School in Meiran, Lagos and lastly, Adeyanju Oluwafemi from Jesuit Memorial College in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The final winners are yet to be released as at the time of this publication.
The marketing manager of Promasidor promised the cowbellpedia competition was going to award the top three students from the two categories during the qualifying exams cash prizes.
The company decided to double the cash prize for the winning students and their teachers this year to show their commitment and absolute dedication to bettering the lives of the students.
The ultimate winner in each category this year will be awarded a cash prize of 2 million naira and a free educational excursion outside Nigeria.
This increment is to celebrate their 20 years anniversary. The first and second runner ups get 1.5 million naira and 1 million naira each respectively in their various categories.
The school teacher of the ultimate winner gets 500,000 naira each from the various two categories.
While the first and second runner ups gets a cash prize of 400,000 and 300,000 naira respectively from the two categories.
Cowbellpedia is an annual competition that is continually searching for excellence in students and to push them to be their absolute best.
The competition is a credible, thorough and transparent exercise of rigorous written examinations and quizzing as stated above and the winners emerge with enviable cash prizes, scholarships, educational expedition and so much more.
However these students dedicate a lot of hours of their time to practice mathematics. They work and study really hard to be able to ace the qualifier examinations.
This is no easy feat. Cowbellpedia is a good and transparent example of how to encourage educational exploits and also simply studying.
Educational competitions and games are most apparently under-appreciated and un-encouraged by the Nigerian government and most Nigerians at large.
These students are the future of our nation and we really want to teach them that education is important and encouraged in our country over flimsy and shallow entertainment else they would fail to work hard and thrive for educational excellence and opt for easier entertaining competitions.
Honor, prestige and due rewards should be accorded these students.
The sponsors of the cowbellpedia mathematics TV quiz show competition are, Promasidor, Cowbell and the National Examination Council (NECO). Now imagine if this kind of prestigious quiz competition had more interest and sponsorships, cowbellpedia would be able to offer what these hardworking students deserve or more.
Some of the students enter the competition to be able to further their education past their secondary school level and cowbellpedia gives them that hope.
We can do better as a people and as a nation, let us invest some of our time and resources into bettering the lives of these hardworking and almost unacknowledged stars.