On Saturday, 18th November 2017 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, 16-year-old Abdulsalam Folashewa, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, was announced as the second runner up out of about 380 registered candidates in the just concluded National Platinum Reasoning Contest organized for all students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria organized by Platinum Mathematics Team. At the same time, a student of American University of Nigeria was awarded the 1st runner up while the overall winner was awarded to a student of Redeemer's University..
The overall winner was given a cheque of N500,000, the 1st runner up was awarded a cheque of N300,000 and a cheque of N200,000 was given to the 2nd runner up.
The names of the winners, their corresponding positions and institutions are provided below:
Overall winner: Bankole Oluwafemi, Redeemer's University.
1st runner up: Salisu Ahmad, American University of Nigeria.
2nd runner up: Abdulsalam Folasewa , Obafemi Awolowo University.
The 4th to 100th positions were also given their consolation prizes thereafter.
The contest is a national contest among students in higher institutions in Nigeria and was open to all including students in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. It is officially sponsored by Pastor E.A Adeboye and His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar(GCON).
Speaking with newsmen,the 16years old great Ife student, she said "It all started when I saw the advert. I told one of my room mates who was skeptical about it considering the prizes attached. I applied and I started preparations. I downloaded General Mathematics questions for practice. To my utmost surprise, I was selected and was excited when I saw the message inviting me for the grand finale ceremony in Abuja."
The event had in attendance the winners, their parents, the invited guests, the Platinum Mathematics Team members and the general audience which comprised of a section where winners were told to share their experience before, during and after the contest.
The winners were invited to the grand finale ceremony at Transcorp Hilton Hotels,Abuja for their grand prizes.