The National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) has gradually evolved into a National pastime where much of the country is thrown into a boisterous frenzy with current high school students engaged in healthy rivalry and the older generations doused in the nostalgia of their high school days.
It is an all-round exciting time in Ghana and we do well to remember the exceptionally brilliant students from different schools from all over the country.
Some of these students have their names preceding them and are tagged “the must-watch” students and still, some are the unexpected geniuses who show up as magical saviours for their schools by answering questions with the speed of lightning and the accuracy of aeronautics.
Mbebo Nonna, a 2020 finalist, is currently preparing for the next stage of his academic career, having performed with distinction in the WASSCE and scoring in the top 1% of all SAT test-takers in the world.
His remarkable efforts have been awarded with an admission to study at New York University Abu Dhabi with a full scholarship. He plans to study Computer Science and Computer Engineering with the sole aim of helping bridge the opportunity gap in technology in Ghana and Africa.
With a world-class education, Mbebo is looking to help build Africa’s first Tech hub, modelled after Silicon Valley, the United States’ Center for Innovative Technology Companies.
Mbebo is working hard and has already begun collaborating with a few of his friends to bring Africa’s first tech hub, “The Gold Valley” into existence.
PRESEC-Legon’s Nii Amu, Selassie and Nathaniel
The talismanic PRESEC-Legon trio, Nii Amu, Selassie and Nathaniel made headways in the 2019 NSMQ competition when they demonstrated repeatedly what collaborating for excellence truly means.
Today, all three are hard at work, carving out cogent plans for their future and for Ghana and looking for ingenious ways to collaborate to work towards the development of our continent.
Nii Amu is finding ways to bridge the gap between Biochemistry and Computer Science, having accepted a full scholarship admission to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
With an Ivy League education, he hopes to return to the continent to set up a startup committed to investing in youth capital development and providing more opportunities in the sciences and technology.
Who knows? Nii Amu’s startup could be one of the many tech startups in Mbebo’s Gold Valley.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel who is at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, is engaging in research into the application of engineering and data science to human sensing and health.
He is working on ways to develop and use mobile, wearable and digital solutions to understand, monitor, and affect biobehavioral factors that influence health in Africa.
And Selassie, who is set to begin his freshman year at the premier Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, is working on a lofty goal to assist in the industrialization of the Ghanaian Economy.
It is beyond refreshing to have such brilliant young minds committed to the development of Ghana and Africa.
Clearly, the National Science and Maths Quiz is doing a remarkable job providing a platform for Ghana’s youngest and sharpest minds to kick start their journeys to excellence.
source: Cedric Kekeli Afewu (GIJ)
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