15 Year Old Faith Odunsi Emerges Winner Of Global Mathematics Competition, Defeats UK, US and Chinese Students

15 Year Old Faith Odunsi Emerges Winner Of Global Mathematics Competition, Defeats UK, US and Chinese Students

15 year old Nigerian teenager, Faith Odunsi emerges as the winner of the Global Open Mathematics Competition (GOT). She defeated other contestants from Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States with 40 points.

Odunsi received a cash prize of $1000 which will be presented in an official ceremony soon. 

Faith is an SS3 student at the Ambassadors School, Ota Ogun State whose father is a medical doctor and mother, a businesswoman. Her parents are extremely proud of her win and she claims to have gotten her mathematics genes from her father.

According to her, the first stage of the tournament was the most difficult because she was not accustomed to the computer-based test. She scored 66 points in both the first and second rounds which were all CBT then progressed to the quarter and semi-finals held on Microsoft teams, acing that round as well.

Throughout the tournament, Odunsi said she did not think herself a winner till she answered more questions correctly in the final round. "My heart raced but I felt relieved," she told The Punch.

The Global Open Mathematics competition is just one of many competitions the young genius has participated in. She has been participating in the national Olympiad since she was in junior high school, among others.

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"I have also taken part in Kangourou Sans Frontieres, South African mathematics Olympiad, American Mathematics Competition, and Pan-African mathematics Olympiad. For the national Olympiad, I was made the Queen of Mathematics from JSS3 to SS2.

"For the South African Mathematics Olympiad, I got medals. I got a silver medal in the Pan-African mathematics Olympiad in 2019. I was also made an ambassador of my school."

In 2019, she set a record in the popular Cowbellpedia competition answering 19 questions in seconds.

Faith Odunsi aspires to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering abroad because she believes there will be enough structures in place there to enhance the learning experience. She explained that mathematics is her favorite subject although she has an interest in information and communications technology.

She also revealed that her academic work by no means affects her social skills and she is into sports as well.

Source: Face 2 Face Africa


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