An SS II student of New Hall International School Lekki, Ogunmola Dara, has emerged the overall winner of the 2017 edition of PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge themed ‘Be A Winner’.
Dara pulled a total of 90 per cent in practical and quiz sessions at the grand finale and was rewarded with N700,000 cash, a laptop, a trophy and gold medal, while his Chemistry teacher, Mr. Adeoye Raphael, won N100,000 and a plaque and the school got N100,000 worth of laboratory equipment.
Oyelamin Samuel of Tomia Community Senior Secondary School, Alagbado, who scored a total of 88.50 per cent, emerged first runner up and was presented with a cheque of N450,000, a laptop and silver medal.
His Chemistry teacher, Mr Bowale Oludare, went home with N80,000 cash and a plaque, while the school got N80,000 worth of laboratory equipment.
With a cumulative score of 88 per cent, Anyika Justine of Federal Government College Ijanikin finished second runner-up and got N350,000 cash prize, a laptop and bronze medal.
Anyika’s Chemistry teacher, Adedamola Ibunkunola, won N70,000 while his school received N70,000 worth of laboratory equipment.
Third runner-up, Adepoju Adewale of Fountain Height School, pulled a total of 80.40 per cent and had a cash prize of N250, 000, a laptop and a consolation medal, while his Chemistry teacher, got N60,000 and a plaque. Adewale’s school had N60,000 worth of laboratory equipment.
Speaking after the event, the winner, Dara expressed gratitude to the organizers of the challenge, saying, “the chemistry challenge has not only challenged my brain, it has also built a lasting experience that I will never forget in life”.
He added that, other corporate organization and state government in Nigeria should emulate the idea behind the partnership between Lagos State government and PZ Cussons in building a lasting legacy for the younger generation.