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2024 Dr. Chinedu Umeadi Foundation Science Quiz Awards Ceremony in Awka

By Okonkwo Samuel | Daily News Reporters

Awka, June 6, 2024 – The ASUBEB Hall in Awka was full of excitement for the 5th Dr. Chinedu Umeadi Foundation Science Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Anambra State. Mrs. Eucharia A. Ikegwuonu, Director of the Science and Technology Department at PPSSC Awka, welcomed everyone and thanked God and Dr. Chinedu Umeadi for their constant support in changing the lives of young people.

Since its inception in 2020, the competition has evolved from a paper-based test to a fully digitalized computer-based test (CBT), a transition made possible by the generous funding of Dr. Umeadi. This year, 217 public secondary schools, including ten mission schools and NAU High School Awka, participated, highlighting the competition’s growing prestige.

Mrs. Ikegwuonu commended the exceptional efforts of all involved, from students to principals and teachers, urging them to continue their dedication to excellence in education. She also acknowledged the crucial roles played by Prof. Nkechi Ikediugwu, Chairman of PPSSC, and Ass. Prof. Vera Nkiru Nwadinobi of ASUBEB, alongside their respective teams.

High Chief Dr. Chinedu Umeadi, a medical practitioner and philanthropist, was lauded for his significant contributions to youth development, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and education through his foundation. The competition aligns with Mr. Governor Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s educational agenda, emphasizing public-private-community partnerships.

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The competition has made substantial strides in stimulating students’ interest in science and technology, offering scholarships and prizes to top performers. However, a notable decline in this year’s performance, particularly from schools in Aguata and Otuocha zones, was observed, prompting calls for research to understand the underlying issues.

The award ceremony recognized outstanding students across junior and senior categories. In the junior category, Nwosu Esomjeso from Archbishop Heerey M.M.S.S. Ufuma and Ejiofor Mary-Mirabel from SKGSS Mudioka were among the top performers. In the senior category, Ezeifeako Chinyere from CSS Oko and Nzewke Ifekukwu from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka secured the top spots.

Ezeobiorah Okwukwe of Marist Comprehensive College Nteje, who took third place from the Ogidi Zone, shared that he won through hard work, dedication, and prayer. He expressed his gratitude to his school, science and tech coordinators, and the foundation for giving him the opportunity to participate and emerge victorious.

Okpalakunne Ebere of QRC Onitsha, who emerged as the second position in the junior category in the Onitsha Zone, expressed happiness and gratitude to the founder of the foundation for giving her the opportunity to participate and succeed.

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The vice president of the Dr. Chinedu Umeadi Foundation, in a media interview, expressed his happiness with the successful event and the joy it brought to the students. He encouraged Anambra students and youth to keep improving their education, assuring them of the foundation’s continued support. He acknowledged the foundation’s charitable efforts over many years and urged other well-meaning Anambra stakeholders to help improve the quality of education in the state.

Speaking to the president of the Dr. Chinedu Umeadi Foundation, Sir Ikem Onwuadi (Ozo Akunwata), he congratulated all the beneficiaries and encouraged them to keep working hard to maintain their positions in the foundation. He extolled Dr. Chinedu Umeadi for his dedication to improving education in Anambra State and urged him to continue this noble path.

The ceremony concluded with a call to action for other individuals and organizations to emulate Dr. Umeadi’s example in supporting educational initiatives. The sustained efforts of the Dr. Chinedu Umeadi Foundation were celebrated as a beacon of hope for Anambra State’s future leaders, aiming to bridge the gap between poverty and prosperity through education.

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