In a society where entertainment is rated above education, kudos has to be given to the organizer of the Chemistry Challenge PZ Cussons Nigeria which saw a 15-year-old emerge winner of #1million. Aderibigbe Eniola, a Senior Secondary Two pupil of Babcock University High School, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun state, won the first prize of the 2019 edition of the PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge.
The grand finale of the event was held in Lagos. It had five other finalists battling for the coveted prizes. However, Adele Chika of Jephthah Secondary School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Ojuba Mezisashe Shalom of Loyola Jesuit College, FCT Abuja became the runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
Aderibigbe’s prize also included a medal, laptop and #100,000 for the school’s chemistry teacher. Adele got #750,000 while Ojuba received #500,000. Their prizes also included laptops and medals while their schools got laboratory equipment.
The competition according to PZ Cussons Nigeria is designed to promote the study of Chemistry among students while demonstrating the relevance of the subject in our society through an open competition among public and private secondary schools.
If other companies and agencies could focus more on education as PZ Cussons has done, then there would be an improvement in the Nigerian educational sector. Meanwhile, congratulations to the Aderibigbe’s and other winners of the 2019 Chemistry Challenge. Bravo champs!