Pupil invests N100 and gets N190,000
The SS2 pupil of Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja, told The Nation in an interview that her mother had always challenged her to excel outside her school, where she has been a dominant force academically since primary level.
“I used to come first from primary school and my mum would say, ‘you are a local champion, go out and do something’, and I was able to go somewhere outside my school and excel so she was proud of me,” she said.
My Education Quiz Play, like the Who wants to be a millionaire show accumulates money for contestants with each correct answer they give to the general knowledge and specific subject questions asked. However, the education game is different in that more than one contestant participates but the person with the least amount of money is eliminated after each round until there is only one constestant standing.
Dumebi was the last pupil in her group of six when she competed with five other secondary pupils in four stages last month.
She entered for the show after watching an episode on MITV. She said given the prize money she won the N100 SMS she sent to enter was worth the investment.
The teenager, who hopes to study Medicine at the University of Ibadan (UI) after her secondary education, also said the experience taught her to be prepared at all times. She advised other pupils to spend more time learning.
“It helped me to see that it really pays to read and be ready. I got the text inviting to participate a day before the competition. I tried to read but my dad said whatever I read that night would not be useful but what I already know. When most people watch TV it is for entertainment. Programmes like this help to develop you. Even if you are not called to participate you still gain a lot,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of Foundation for Effective Leadership and Development (FELD), which sponsors the game, CEO of BigSam Media, Mr Samuel Olatunji said the foundation came up with the initiative that gives chance to secondary school pupils to win up to N1million and tertiary students, N2million, to give students, especially the indigent, opportunity to win money for their education.
He said: “The Chairman of FELD, Hon Paul Adingwupu is sponsoring this programme to help students with their education. He has put down the prize money students can win. We hope to air the programme on more stations this quarter,” he said.
So far, an undergraduate of the University of Lagos, Anne Ejiegbu is the highest prize winner in the competition, winning N210,000 last quarter. Other winners include: Chidinma Ezugu (N155, 000), Precious Onowudijo (N120, 000), Adewole Toluwani (N55, 000), Adidu Obi (N55, 000) Iko Abasi Melody (N10, 000) and Okoji Donald (N35, 000).