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Former Benue lawmaker, David Idoko's daughter, five others chase ICT title in Dallas

Written By Idoma Television on Thursday, June 18, 2015 | 11:40:00 AM

There were upsets at this year’s national finals of the Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Competition with new schools challenging the dominance of long-standing champion, Thomas Adewumi International College, Oko, Kwara State.

The Certiport MOS World Championship is organised to encourage students to be proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite, namely Word, Excel and PowerPoint (2010 and 2013 versions), which are used by most business concerns worldwide.  They earn certificates that can be used for work.

This year, Adewumi International College, which has claimed the most titles since ReadManna Ventures Limited started organising the competition in Nigeria in 2009, as well as earliest rival, Regent International School, Abuja, were surprised by new comers such as Aduvie International School, Abuja, British International School, Lagos, Bellina College, Akoka, and Holy Child College, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Both schools did not win the top slot in any of the six categories, which would have qualified their representatives for the world championship holding in Dallas, United States in August.

Those that will represent Nigeria on the world stage include: Elizabeth Ochanya, Aduvie International School (PowerPoint 2013; 985/1000); Bendre Sidhant, British International School (PowerPoint 2010; 979/1000); and Clever Nabai, Aduvie International School (Word 2013; 963/1000).
Ochanaya is the daughter of David Onobi Idoko, former lawmaker representing Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency. 
Others are: Adebusola Babington, Holy Child College (Word 2010; 954/1000); Oluwatinuke Griffin, Bellina College, Akoka (Excel 2013, 868/1000); and Abure Atafo, The Childville School, Ogudu, Lagos (Excel 2010; 925/1000).

Their flights, and those of two accompanying teachers, would be sponsored by the Delta Airlines.
Mrs Edna Agusto, CEO, Readmanna said the stakes have become higher as more schools join in the race.  She gave credit to ICT teachers who were committed to innovative learning of the subject as well as principals and school owners who provided resources to support them.

“One thing I have to say about this competition is that it depends on the commitment of the computer teachers.  They are the ones actually pushing it,” she said.
Mrs Agusto also said she was particularly happy that no school dominated the top spot for each of the categories and urged participating schools to work harder for the next edition.

To excel in Dallas, like happened last year when Olubunmi Agusto of Day Waterman College, Abeokuta, came second in Microsoft PowerPoint (2007 version) in California, Mrs Agusto, said the six pupils would be groomed before departure.
“We have entered a partnership with Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi.  They would host us for some days so we can put together the team.  It will allow us to prepare them appropriately and get experts to touch them up,” she said.

The pupils will be accompanied by two teachers, Mr Timothy Osaigbovo of Aduvie International School, Abuja, which recorded the highest score in the competition, and Mrs Cynthia Ebelebe of Holy Child College, whose school had the highest number of pupil participation.
Mrs Ebelebe, who was ecstatic about the trip, said she was inspired by the quest to make her pupils better.

“The first thing is the quest to see how I can improve my students.  Then Readmanna also came to our school to advertise for the 2015 championship. The girls worked hard.  That I can say.  Because I have somebody in JSS3, who is doing the BECE; and I have somebody in SS3.  They are also here.  So they combined this particular training with reading their books,” she said.

The top three winners in each of the six categories would be rewarded with Microsoft XBOX One games at a national awards ceremony to hold later this year.

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