Tochukwu Ndukwe, a 13-year old has emerged the overall winner of the Nigerian Mathematics Queen Competition for 2018
The Mathematics Queen Competition, 2018, was held with an objective to stimulate enthusiasm in the learning and application of mathematical sciences among young Nigerian girls.
115 female students of junior secondary schools across the country participated in the competition. Among the competitors was Tochukwu Ndukwe, 13, from Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Leeja, Nsukka, Enugu state who emerged the overall winner of the Nigerian Mathematics Queen Competition for 2018.
Saibu Medina from FESTAC College, Lagos, took second position while Olayiwola Adedagun, FGGC, Ketu, Osun came third at the competition, NAN reports.
The Girls’ Mathematics Olympiad Competition, was organised by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During the ceremony, Prof Stephen Onah, director of the NMC, said that the competition was to encourage and address the gap between males and females in the learning and teaching of Mathematics in the country. Onah said the maiden edition with the slogan ‘Leaving No One Behind’ of SDGs Mathematics Competition and Award Ceremony for the crowning of Nigeria Mathematics Queen was geared towards achieving SDGs 4. ‘‘The Nigerian girl student has been placed in a disadvantaged position especially in the area of education which has relegated her in the general scheme of things. ‘‘Being a victim of discrimination and male chauvinism, the girl-child hardly could compete educationally with her male counterpart.
This behaviourial slough has adversely affected the girl child’s academic performance in class and her desire to advance educationally. ‘‘The girl child’s low interest in Mathematics is a serious concern to NMC and it is on this note that we encourage and boost the interest of the girl-student in Mathematics,’’ he said. He added that one of the objectives of the competition was to stimulate enthusiasm in the learning of Mathematical Sciences among young Nigerian girls.