15-year-old Nigerian mathematician. Faith Odunsi, joined the list of prominent Nigerians that have been flying the country’s flag high on the global stage after defeating competitors from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and America to win the Global Open Mathematics Tournament.
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The teenager who is a student of The Ambassadors Schools, Ota, in Ogun State also got a monetary reward of $1,000 for grabbing the top mathematics prize.
Odunsi who hails from Ijebu in Ogun State is in her final secondary school year (SS3), and had to go through some phases before being crowned world champion.
Owing to COVID-19 constraints, she had to pass a computer-based test (CBT), a stage that had participants answer as many questions as possible in an hour. Odunsi who revealed that the first stage was the toughest for her, scored a total of 66 points and repeated the same feat in the second stage.
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The quarter and semifinals featured Microsoft themes and tasked competitors to fill in their answers. Despite getting tied with an Asian student in the semis, Odunsi triumphed and went all the way to win in the final with a margin of 30 points (Odunsi scored 40 points), while the first runner-up amassed a total of 10 points.
The world champion who is still revelling in glory has expressed her joy at winning the global prize.
‘Winning the Open Mathematics Tournament makes me happy and honoured. My heart raced when I won but I felt relieved.’
Commenting on her preparations, Odunsi noted that her school helped by organizing extra classes for her after daily classes to ensure she was in line with her academics. Support from her parents was also enough motivation for her to go all the way for the win.
‘I am a boarding pupil, so I had to study at night from 11:00 p.m to 12: 00 am.’
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