A 15-year old Nigerian high school student, Ms. Faith Odunsi, has won the 2021 Global Open Mathematics competition.
She bested contestants from many countries around the world including the United States, Australia, China, and others.
Odunsi excelled in all rounds of the competition and even got to answer more questions than her competitors in the final round.
But, in a chat with Punch, she said she didn’t really think she would win.
Odunsi said, “I was already tense, so I just smiled. I was too anxious to dance. I was tense because it was a tough competition.”
Currently a senior high school student at the Ambassadors School in Ota Ogun State, she managed to win by a 30-point margin, setting a new record. She received a $1,000 prize for winning the contest.
Despite being a student, she did not let the competition affect her academic activities, as she prepared for the contest after class with her teacher who coached her.
Odunsi plans to someday study computer engineering in college.