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Winners to get Varsity Scholarship as Brightest Agric Science Contest Begins April

As part of her 20th anniversary, JustMedia Productions (a subsidiary of DM Holdings), Africa’s foremost ideation and content production firm has developed Brightest National Agric Science quiz competition to promote the study of Agricultural science with technology across high schools in Africa. According to the release signed by Tosin Tiodunmo, Head of Operations at JustMedia, Brightest National Agric. Science Quiz Contest is an edutaining, interactive and simple-tofollow science-themed, curriculum-based quiz contest that allows real students with real passion, compete and win life-changing full funded university scholarships just by exhibiting their unique talents.

With the world’s population hovering around 8bn people, Africa is facing a myriads of challenges especially in her growth and development. Research reveals that over 60% of world’s arable land is in Africa, making Africa a pivot in solving these seemingly huge problem. However, industrial agricultural development in Africa has had very low off-take. For this to change positively, there is the need for Africa to start a deliberate agricultural revolution, which will astronomically increase food production, food processing and food preservation using technology.

She stated that “We are convinced that working with these young minds with the right education and motivation is one sure way to start the awareness and invariably the revolution needed to change the narrative positively”.

The Online National Qualifying Examination witnessed the participation of over 16,000 brilliant students from over 2000 secondary schools (public and private) across Nigeria. The best 81 students from the NQE will proceed to the second stage - the TV series of the competition, where these students will converge in Lagos to battle it out in an ultra-modern IT driven quiz show to determine the winners for the season.

The maiden edition of Brightest National Agric. Science Quiz Contestshow will be transmitted from April 2024 on DSTV Africa Magic Family, AIT Network, TVC Lagos and across the Brightest National Agric. Science Quiz Contest digital platforms.

Brightest National Agric. Science Quiz Contest is JustMedia’s latest addition to many awardwinning edutainments shows such as InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition - Nigeria and Kenya, Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz show, MathContest Nigeria - Junior and Senior; Champ Inter-School National Quiz Contest; WordSmith National English Language TV Quiz; to mention but a few.

SPOTLIGHT: 81 students qualify for second round of Brightest Agric Science Contest

Eighty-one student-participants have advanced to the second stage of the Brightest National Agric Science Quiz Contest, a competition to promote the study of agricultural science with technology across high schools in Africa. The Brightest National Agric Science Quiz Contest is organised by JustMedia Production, an ideation and content production firm, and sponsored by OCP Africa, BlackCountry Farma and Providus Bank.

The 81 qualified students were selected from the pool of over 16,000 applicants from over 2000 secondary schools (public and private) across Nigeria who participated in the online national qualifying examination.

The selected will proceed to the second stage – the TV series of the competition, where these students will converge in Lagos to battle it out in an ultra-modern IT-driven quiz show to determine the winners for the season.

The Brightest National Agric. Science Quiz show will be transmitted from April 2024 on DSTV Africa Magic Family, AIT Network, TVC Lagos and across the contest’s digital platforms.

Emmanuel Akinbola, one of the qualified students from Maitrebuilder Schools, said although all participants are brilliant minds, he has a “100 percent” chance of winning the quiz competition.

The 15-year-old, who hoped to become an engineer, added that he would dedicate himself to the knowledge of technology and conjure innovations to help improve agricultural output.

“It feels good to be part of the finalist. We have just been coached against nervousness and told to look at our goals. And not be jittery about the competition. All the participants here have brilliant minds, and the winner might just be the person who puts in more effort. I believe I have a 100 percent chance of winning this competition. I believe in God,” Akinbola said.

“I want to be an engineer when I grow up. Since I was younger, I have loved technology. I enjoy tweaking radios and coupling home appliances. I believe that technology will bring about change in the world. Agriculture depends on technology, and we can see how much tech innovations have impacted food production.”

On her part, Tiaminu Omotola, another qualified student from Al-Amin College, said she was initially sceptical about her chances of making it to the second round. The 15-year-old added that advancing to this stage of the competition has encouraged her, and she is aiming for the finals. “I am excited because, at first, I thought I could not do it because of the number of participants. Now that I am in the top 81, I think I can make it to the finals.”

Also, AbdulRaheem Abdullah, another selected student from UNIMAID Demonstration College in Borno, said he hopes to be a medical doctor but admitted that “agriculture is life”. He added that humanity can eradicate “hunger, poverty and unemployment” by emphasising agriculture more. “I am trying my best to win the competition. I have the chance to be among the top candidates. I have been reading and practising my knowledge,” Abdullah said. “I have learnt that agriculture is life. If we, as a society, can focus on agriculture, we can eradicate hunger, poverty and unemployment. “I want to become a medical doctor in the future because I want to help people, especially those suffering from disease and help the poor people.

On her part, Onuigbo Chinemerem, another qualified student from SMAC College, said the preparation for the quiz competition had taught her great lessons about life. The 13-year-old said she learned to be “a hero” and use her knowledge and talent to help people. “It is a great opportunity for me, and I have learned a lot. I have learnt that we should attempt to be a hero and use our opportunity and talent to help others,” Onuigbo said.

Here is the full list of the 81 students selected for the next round of the Brightest National Agric. Science Quiz.

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University Duel debuts in Nigeria

Top Nigerian Universities are stepping up and throwing their hats in the ring to participate in University Duel 2024. This is evident by the speed, excitement and endorsement with which they have signified their interest in the battle of the best brains. University Duel is an initiative to spur undergraduates towards providing solutions to the current myriad of businesses and societal challenges distorting the economic growth and development of the nation.

TThe competition will see teams from various prestigious tertiary institutions across Nigeria compete in a series of rigorous and engaging challenges that will test their knowledge, problem-solving skills, and creativity across various STEM disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and push the boundaries of scientific and business exploration in areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence, data analysis, verbal reasoning, applied mathematics, sustainable engineering, general knowledge etc.

According to Mr. Oladapo Ojo, Chief Content Developer DM Holdings and Executive Producer of University Duel 2024, “we are thrilled to launch University Duel, a platform that celebrates the passion, ingenuity, and dedication of our future innovators, techprenuers and scientists. The idea is to help our future leaders bridge the gap between the theory and application of what they are being taught in the university, with a lot of opportunity for mentorship. The competition is about fostering the spirit of teamwork that will propel Nigeria towards a brighter, more technologically advanced future”.

Ojo further explained that University Duel is a school-based competition which provides a platform for students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world challenges, develop critical thinking skills, and gain hands-on experience in their respective fields. He said the project comes with exciting cash benefits and the opportunity to secure grants for their schools, and most importantly participants get the opportunity to interact with professionals, potential investors, and other stakeholders which we believe will lead to internships, mentorships and job placements both now and in the future.

Curated by JustMedia Productions Limited, in association with Cruxlearning - a platform for intellectual empowerment, University Duel aims to foster a culture of collaboration among undergraduates across tertiary institutions as well as alumni, parents, educators, researchers, industry professionals and the general public who are interested in the growth and expansion of knowledge in science.

Since 2004, JustMedia has been at the forefront of providing credible edutainment projects that are shaping the lives of many students in Africa. To date, we have platforms such as Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Quiz Show, InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition (Nigeria & Kenya), MathContest Nigeria, Brightest National Agric Science Quiz Contest to mention but a few. JustMedia has developed a cordial relationship with major stakeholders such as UNESCO East Africa, Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), Kenyan Ministry of Education, NECO, Nigeria’s Federal & State Ministries of Education.

15year Nimotallah Tiamiyu emerges Brightest Agricultural Science Student in Nigeria- 04.07.24

The Brightest National Agricultural Science Quiz season 1 came to an end over the weekend with Ms. Nimotallah Tiamiyu SS2 student of Al-Ameen College Lagos State emerging the Best Agricultural Science Student in Nigeria winning the grand prize of N4m University scholarship.

Nimotallah, earned 963 yield to beat Jubril Olukolu from Ilasan Senior Secondary School Lagos who barned 762 points as the 2nd runner-up and Aninze Jennifer from Faith Academy Asaba, Delta State, the 3rd runner-up who barned 687 points at the finals. All the 9 finalists showcased exceptional knowledge, innovation, and dedication in Agricultural Science. Their achievements not only highlight personal dedication but also underscores the importance of agricultural education in Nigeria's future.

At the epic event that had lots of stakeholders including top executives of OCP Africa, BlackCountry Farms, and ProvidusBank, Nimotallah and the other 8 finalists put up their best performances in answering Agricultural Science based questions cutting across topics like animal reproduction, pest control, crop science and soil management, agricultural technology and environmental sustainability.

"We are immensely proud of Nimotallah's accomplishment, she embodies the future of Nigerian agriculture, which is bright and full of promise " said Dr. Mustapha Ayo Popoola, Senior Special Adviser to the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Federal Republic of Nigeria. He went ahead to emphasize on the need for a re-orientation of youths on the knowledge of the’ new agriculture’ based on technology as against the ‘hoe and cutlass’ notion of farming. For Nigeria to grow in the space of agriculture, everybody must be ready to soil their hands because food is an essential part of human existence. He promised to use his official capacity to empower the Brightest project, extending the vision of Brightest National Agric Science Quiz to all parts of the country with more schools in participation with the full support of the Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security.

Alexis Udegbe, Head of Marketing & Strategy, CoS, BlackCountry Farms, congratulated the winner and urged Nigerian youths to embrace agriculture and its application for a secured generational future. "I am thrilled and honored to win this competition," said Nimotallah. "Agriculture is vital to our country’s development, and I hope to contribute to its advancement through continued learning and innovation. I am grateful to my teachers, family, and everyone who have supported me on this journey.

Nimotallah's achievement is expected to inspire other students to pursue excellence in Agricultural Science and contribute to the growth of the sector. Her win also brings attention to the critical role of education in empowering young minds to tackle real-world challenges.

The Brightest National Agric Science Quiz Contest is an annual competition dedicated to promoting the critical role of agricultural science in human existence and stimulate their quest in exploring numerous opportunities therein by studying relevant courses at the tertiary level that will promote continuous mechanized food production.

“I want to be an engineer when I grow up. Since I was younger, I have loved technology. I enjoy tweaking radios and coupling home appliances. I believe that technology will bring about change in the world. Agriculture depends on technology, and we can see how much tech innovations have impacted food production.”

Brightest National Agricultural Science was developed by JustMedia Productions, a leading Content producer in Africa with outstanding showreel including InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition in Nigeria and Kenya, Cowbellpedia, Cruxlearning Math Contest, and WordSmith English Language Contest.

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UNILAG, CU, 14 others qualify for University Duel Finals -26.06.24

After a series of tests administered on all the over 50 Nigerian universities from 647 undergraduates that signify interest in the competition, the best 48 students representing 16 universities have emerged for the University Duel 2024-25 Season. The qualifying schools earned their qualifications after presenting their top students in science, technology and innovation who competed for the four (4) available spots per category making a total of 16 Universities needed.

University Duel is an annual contest amongst students of top tertiary institutions in Nigeria aimed at promoting STEM applications in solving complex business and societal problems through technology with special focus on critical thinking, problem solving in sustainable environment and analytics.

According to the results released via the project verified website www.thestemafrica.com, University of Lagos, Akoka (represented by Ogunyemi Oluwatobi 200L Electrical/Electronic Engineering; Mulero Rapheal 100L Chemical Engineering; and Okeke JohnPaul 300L Petroleum & Gas Engineering) took the overall top spot with an average score of 93.3%; closely followed by Covenant University, Ota (represented by Chukwuma Gift 100L Computer Engineering; Kayode Toluwani 100L Electrical and Electronics Engineering; and Afinotan Alero 200L Chemical Engineering) with an average score of 91.3%.

The Premier Universities category for the 2024-25 season have University of Lagos (93.3%); Obafemi Awolowo University (84%); University of Nigeria Nsukka (80.7%) University of Benin (80%).

For the Federal Universities, we have University of Ilorin (82.7%); closely followed by Federal University of Technology, Akure (82%); University of Port-Harcourt (67.3%) and Yaba College of Technology (49.3%).

Leading the State Universities is Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho (78.7%); Olabisi Onabanjo University (69.3%), Lagos State University, Ojo (68.7%), and Kaduna State University (67.3%).

To represent the Private Universities are Covenant University, Ota (91.3%); Achievers University, Owo(80.7%); Bells University of Technology, Ota(72.7%); and Veritas University, Abuja(68.7%).

"We are incredibly proud of the performances of the students on the University Duel 2024-25 who have demonstrated outstanding intellectual prowess and hard work to reach the finals which will be filled with a great learning experience for all as this will be beamed live on TV/Digital," said the Chief Content Developer, JustMedia GMD Mr. Oladapo Ojo.

‘University Duel, is a platform that celebrates passion, ingenuity, and dedication of Nigeria’s future STEM leaders. This competition will not only highlight the academic excellence within our universities but also fosters a spirit of camaraderie and prepare students towards a great career after graduation. University Duel will also connect with the alumni and the general public thereby producing the next generation of scientists, engineers and Innovators’, Ojo reiterated.

University Duel is curated by JustMedia Productions, Africa’s leading TV media content development/Ideation company with unique interest in edutainment, having created Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Quiz Show, InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition (Nigeria & Kenya), MathContest Nigeria, Brightest National Agric Science Quiz Contest amongst other top projects all geared towards supporting empowerment, growth and development of the African continent and her teeming youth population.