Iganmode Grammar School, Ota has emerged first position among five schools qualified for the Temitayo Agemo renaissance project junior quiz competition.
The final competition, which was today staged at the multi-purpose hall of Iganmode Grammar School, Ota had earlier started among all government secondary schools of each zone in the Ado-Odo-Ota local government area, in which the winner from each zone was later selected to represent its zone in the final round.
The competition which was held in memorial of Alhaji R.T Agemo, had Alamuwa Grammar School, Unity Junior School, Ejila Awori Community High School, and Iganmode grammar school, Community High School, Abule-Iroko.
While declaring the event opened, the initiator, Mrs Temitayo Agemo Okuboyejo, who appreciated every individual present, reiterated that the program was initiated so as to encourage teenagers to stay focused in the pursuit of excellence in their education life.
After a fiercely contested competition, Iganmode Grammar School, Ota scored the highest point, clinching the first position from Unity High School, who lost by just a whisker.
In an Interview with VOA News Correspondent, the Akogun Of Oruba land, HRH, Oba Abdulwadud Ajani Deinde emphasized the importance of healthy competition amongst students in that it brings out the best in them. He lauded the initiator of the competition and urged her to strive in order to sustain the good work she has started.
In a separate chat with our correspondent, the Executive Director of Temitayo Agemo Renaissance Project, Mrs Temitayo Agemo Okuboyejo said, “We began this project on the ground of encouraging the children of this community. I think our education is still behind other communities in Ogun State, which is why I needed to do something to contribute in the educational growth of my community. Our children must recognize the need for pursuance of excellence. My father has been one of my motivator on this program, and I actually want to honor him with this. Though he is late, his memories are never forgotten.”
Mrs Agemo concluded that all of the students that has partook in the competition right from the preliminary stage have tried their best, adding that since all of the finalists were emerged winners from their various zones, ‘none of them could be called losers’. She further advised the students to always do the best they can and key to it.
While speaking on funding education in the state and Nigeria at large, Mrs Agemo said, “you can never do enough in terms of educating children, education has changed very quickly. There are lots going on in information technology, Robotic, machine learning etc. Therefore we can spend enough as we are.
The students also gave their word of appreciation and encouragement to the initiator of the program and also their teachers.
Kayode Adeoye and Oluwaseyi Feyisayo, who represented Iganmode Grammar School, Ota said, “we feel happy today as we emerged first position in this competition. We want the project to continue because it enhances healthy rivalry among students. We appreciate our teachers and the initiator for adding another phase int our lives.”
Giwa Aminat, Amazing Grace and Gbadegesin Esther, Abdullahi Oyedele who emerged 2nd and 3rd positions respectively also appreciated the facilitators of the program while stating that they will do better to take the first lead next time this kind of opportunity comes to them.
At the event were the representatives of the Zonal Education Officer, Yewa/Awori ANCOPPS Chairman, Alhaji Animasaun, the Principal of Iganmode Grammar School (senior) Otunba Deji Kosebinu, luomo of Igbesa, among several others.