Representatives of Ekiti and Edo states, recently, shone like stars and shot their respective schools into the semi-final map in the on-going 2018 Cowbellpedia Mathematics Television Quiz Show, sponsor by Cowbell Milk the leading brand from Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

In an exciting preliminary junior category group E, Iyunade Ogundana of Greater Tomorrow, Ado-Ekiti got the semi-final ticket for Ekiti State, while Luke Nyamalifrom Federal Science and Technical College, Uromi secured the semi-final glory for Edo State in the senior category.

While Adrea Eboagwu of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State joined Ogundana in the junior category semi-finals, four of their colleagues dropped by the wayside.

Among those who dropped at the end of first and second combat areChiamaka Ibeanusi of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja and Umar Suleiman of Caliphate International School, Gusau, Zamfara State. Others include Mubarak Keyede of Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State and Harold Odella Kingsley of Deeper Life High School, Calabar, Cross River State.

13 years old, Ogundana expressed great relief to have scaled the semi-final hurdle and vowed to channel all her energy and capacity to prosecute the remaining “wars” ahead. “I feel excited scaling this hurdle. I really thank God, but my ultimate ambition is to win and become the 2018 Cowbellpedia champion,” she said.

Eboagwu on her part expressed big confidence about his ability to win the ultimate prize and promised not to disappoint herself, her parents and her school.

In the senior category, the 2015 junior category Champion, Juliet Ekoko of The Ambassadors College Ota, Ogun State joined Nyamali to proceed into the semifinals.

Those who bite the dust after the mentally exhaustive first and second rounds were: Ahmad Haruna of Jigawa State Academy for the Gifted, Dutse, Jigawa State; Alameen Abubakar of Islamic Orientation Secondary School, Lokoja, Kogi State; Orisakwe David Chiebuka of Excelgrace Academy, Akaajime-Gboko, Benue State and Adeola Aaron of Union Baptist Grammar School, Ilorin, Kwara State.

Nyamaliwho expressed gratitude to God for crossing the hurdle, described his experience in the competition as fantastic and promised to maintain the current momentum in the days ahead.

Ekoko who aspires to go to John Hopkins Medical University, USAto study medicine and surgery disclosed that her experience on the Cowbellpedia TV Quiz show was quite exciting and interesting. “I have been a champion and will feel very great to be crowned a champion again,” she said.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the competition, the prize money has 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 each, while those of the first and second runners-up will each 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 and other six television stations across the country.