Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show is a Nigerian national mathematics television quiz show that debuted in 2015.[1][2]

CowbellPedia logo
Created byOladapo Ojo
Based onYear 9 & Year 11 Mathematics curriculum
Developed byJustMedia Productions of DM Holdings Limited
Directed byOladapo Ojo
Presented byOscar Oyinsan
Country of originNigeria
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodesSeason 1: 13 episodes x 30 min; Season 2-4: 16 episodes x 1 hour
Executive producer(s)Season 1-2: Olivier Thiry, Festus Tettey, Oladapo Ojo; Season 3-4: Anders Einarsson, Festus Tettey, Oladapo Ojo; Season 5: Anders Einarsson, Mario Russo, Oladapo Ojo
Producer(s)Ogugua Dopamu, Funmi Oladapo-Ojo, Abiodun Ayodeji (Associate Producer)
Editor(s)Joseph Onyia, Sam Oriabor, Bisola Akinwande, Jacob Abiiki, Austine Ogar
Running timeSeason 1: 30 minutes; Season 2-5: 1 hour
Production company(s)JustMedia Productions
Original release2015
External links

Historical backgroundEdit

The initiative began in 1998 as Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) when it was a written examination without a TV show.

Since 1998, the Cowbell brand has been involved in promoting the study of mathematics in secondary schools across Nigeria and, in the process, has helped millions of students in both public and private schools, to develop interest and gain a better understanding of the subject. The project is designed to identify, recognize and reward excellence in the study of Mathematics.

In 2015, PNG[3] decided to adopt Cowbellpedia, the creation of Oladapo Ojo thus completely overhauling the Mathematics project by making it robust and a reference point in her CSR/marketing initiative. In the same year, the initiative took a new dimension when it was split into two stages. The Stage One is the Qualifying Examination (written exam in designated centres across the country) and the Stage two is the TV quiz competition.

Since 2016, Cowbell-Our Milk has decided to bring all its mathematics intervention activities under one umbrella, Cowbellpedia.[4] The top prize was increased to 2 million Nigerian Naira in 2018 so as to celebrate the 20 years anniversary of the Mathematics competition initiative.[5]

Cowbellpedia is an annual mathematics intervention for young students in Nigeria with many touch points. It is approved by the Federal Ministry of Education and endorsed by National Examination Council (NECO), the National Examination body for secondary schools in Nigeria.

With the underlying objective of involving all school children (aged between 8 and 18 years), parents and caregivers, CowbellPedia was created as a trademarked initiative of PNG[3] to warehouse all her investment in Mathematics.

After schools must have duly completed their registration on, all the eligible students are expected to write a national qualifying examination, administered by NECO, at designated centers closest to them. The results[6] are released online every 1st of June, to commemorate the World Milk Day.

From the large number of students that write the examinations annually, the best 108 (54 junior and 54 senior students), will converge in Lagos along with their mathematics teachers for the ultimate prize/bragging rights of the Best Mathematics Student for the year – The Cowbellpedia Future Inventor.


  • To demystify myths about the difficulty in studying and understanding mathematics by identifying and rewarding excellence amongst students, thereby entrenching Cowbell as the brand that delivers the needed ingredient for healthy physical growth and brain development.
  • To raise the standard of schools’ education through unbiased engaging tools that would promote sound education, using a holistic platform that is engaging, educative and entertaining.
  • To practically demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between Mathematics and Technology, thereby sustaining a keen interest of schools, parents, teachers and other stakeholders, in ensuring good education for their children/wards.

Cowbellpedia National Qualifying ExaminationEdit

After schools must have duly completed their registration on, all the eligible students are expected to write a national qualifying examination at designated centers closest to them.

The Mathematics Competition[7] is open to students from 10 - 18 years of age who attend full time Secondary Education in both Public and Private Schools in Nigeria. Entry into this competition is free.

Each School is required to present their best ten (10) students in Mathematics (five from JSS3 and five from SSS2), irrespective of gender, religion, tribe or state of origin, to enhance their chances of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.

To encourage the education of the girl child, we are making a humble appeal that Mixed Schools nominate a minimum of two (2) girls for each category to represent such school.

Yearly  Enrolment History
Year Manual Online Total
2019 0 56,073 56,073
2018 0 41,730 41,730
2017 18,922 32,096 51,018
2016 26,051 19,604 45,655
2015 33,269 0 33,269

TV seriesEdit

From the large number of students that write the examinations annually, the best 108 will converge in Lagos along with their teachers for the ultimate prize/ bragging rights of the Best Mathematics student of the year.

Selection Process of the 108 Students for The TV Quiz

  • 17 National Winners + 37 State winners = 54 Students per category

17 National Winners – these students are the top 17 students who have scored the highest marks in the examinations, irrespective of their state of origin.

37 State Winners[8] – these students are selected as state representatives, having scored the highest marks in their states.

The TV series is in three stages:

  • Prelims – 9 episodes
  • Semi Finals[9][10] – 3 episodes
  • Final – 1 episode

After the first season, other episodes were created to add value to the project, such as the Cowbellpedia Teachers’ edition[11], the documentary insert of the profile of the finalists etc.

Thousands of questions generated by NECO[12] are loaded into the software per season and spread across different categories and syllabus.

The Cowbellpedia series is packaged as 55 Mins X 16 episodes, transmitted across Africa on Africa Magic on DSTV, AIT Network and 6 Major stations across key cities and, across the world on Social Media – YouTube / Facebook

Past winners[13][14][15][16][17]Edit

2019 Michael Enehizena Junior 1st Scholars Universal Secondary School,Ogun State
Abdulquayum Alli 2nd Ota Total Academy, Ogun State
David Charles-Daniel 3rd Graceland international School Port Harcourt, Rivers state
Oghenero Ologe Senior 1st Zionsfield Private school, Ikorodu, lagos State
Dabira Akinyemi 2nd The Ambassadors college, Ota, Ogun State
Hezekiah Olabisi 3rd Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun state
2018[18][19][20] Akinfoluhan Akinleye[21] Junior 1st The Ambassadors College, Ota
Nwankwo Chinemerem Splendour 2nd Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Okarike Favour 3rd Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Mgbemena Chinedu[21] Senior 1st Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Isinkaye Praise 2nd Federal Government Academy Suleja, Niger State
Ekoko Juliet 3rd The Ambassadors College, Ota
2017 Jessey Uche-Nwichi Junior 1st Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Oluwafemi Adeyanju 2nd Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Ezekiel Ekanem 3rd Advanced Breed Group of Schools
Munachi Ernest-Eze[22][23][24] Senior 1st Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja
Oluwanifise Onafowokan 2nd The Ambassadors College, Ota
Evans Owamoyo 3rd Greater Tomorrow International College
2016 Ekoko Juliet Junior 1st The Ambassadors College, Ota
Daniel Oreofe 2nd The Ambassadors College, Ota
Okoli Glory 3rd The Ambassadors College, Ota
Oguntade Ayoola Senior 1st The Ambassadors College, Ota
Adeyemi Taiwo 2nd The Ambassadors College, Ota
Udoh Blessing 3rd The Ambassadors College, Ota
2015 Munachi Ernest-Eze[22][23][25] Junior 1st Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja
Ajoke Taiwo 2nd Scholars Universal Secondary School
Ayomide Fadipe 3rd Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja
Ayodeji Akinkuowo Senior 1st Adeyemi Demonstration Secondary School, Ondo State
Titilayo Fasoro-Adewale 2nd Halmark Secondary School, Ondo State
Joshua Mokut 3rd Emilis Academy, Calabar

Touch pointsEdit

Cowbellpedia Radio[26]Edit

Cowbellpedia Radio is a mathematics radio clinic created for secondary school students to aid their learning ability through teaching and solving math questions sent in by students/teachers via text and electronic platforms.

It is a 5-minute math class transmitted thrice weekly, round the year, across 10 key radio stations[27] spread across Nigeria.

The programme treats interesting Math topics and exercises with lots of opportunity for feedback and interactions.

Mobile app[28]Edit

Beyond the few weeks of running the project, there came the need to have a constant touch where students can dial-up and improve their math skills, hence the commissioning of the CowbellPedia mobile app initiative.

The Cowbellpedia MobileAPP[29] is a 24/7 accessible mobile app platform created to encourage students to practice their mathematics skills on their mobile devices.

Categories:     Junior/Senior

Stages:            Thirteen (13)/season

Levels:             Three (3)

Platforms:       Web –

                          Android users on Google Play[30]

                          IOS available on Apple Store


An up-to-date compilation of all the past questions used on the show (2015 – 2017) with the correct answers and tutorials, compiled and published for free distribution to secondary school/students across Nigeria.

Over 6,400 Q & A covering all the topics to be published in over 3 volumes as practice kit for students based on approved curriculum.

Volume 1 print run was 2,000 copies (Junior and Senior) used as incentive for schools during the registration for the Stage 1 Qualifying Examination.


This is an initiative specifically created to drive support and interest in Math/ Science of the Nigerian students. This is in collaboration with top-notch foreign Universities/ Dons who were on ground to workshop students and teachers across Nigeria.

All these are geared towards nourishing the dreams of Nigerian children by providing a platform that recognizes and rewards excellence in Mathematics, in addition to the quality nutrition that is provided by the Cowbell brand for the nourishment of the Nigerian populace, especially children.

The maiden edition of the initiative took place in three major cities; Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt in August 2018 and was facilitated by:

  1. Professor Bernardo Recamán Santos, a Professor of Mathematics at The Colegio San Carlos, Columbia.
  2. Professor Karam Aloui of the Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, Tunisia.

Cowbellpedia Milk Of KindnessEdit

The Cowbellpedia Milk of Kindness is a special docufeature created as part of the activities to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the relationship between Cowbell and Math.

The thrust is to explore human angle stories that will drive the re-enforcements of the ethos of Cowbell in our Communities vis-a-vis this intervention.

The docufeature highlighted the stories of:

  1.  Hamzat Dankanawa, a teacher with Nigerian Tulip International College, Abuja, who has consistently presented qualified students for the project.
  2. Prnce Otunnubi Samson, a teacher with the Federal Government Academy Suleja with over 25 years’ experience.
  3. Munachi Ernest-Eze, of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, a two-time Cowbellpedia champion (Junior and Senior Category).

Teachers' edition[11][34]Edit

The Teachers’ edition of the competition, was conceived to mark the World Teachers’ Day[35][36][37]. Teachers of the 12 finalists in the Junior and Senior categories of the Competition, partake in the final of the TV recording segment and the winners are awarded Cash and gift prizes.

Year Name Category School
2018 Kehinde Oludare Senior BiboOluwa Academy, Osun State.
Oluwaseun Makinde Junior Jesuit Memorial College, Rivers, Port Harcourt
2017 Kolawole Bello Senior The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State
Iyanuoluwa Osewa Junior The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State
2016 Isaac Oyegbile Senior Hallmark Secondary School, Ondo State
Daramola Joseph Oluwaseun Junior Dansol High School, Lagos

Claim To FameEdit

Munachi Ernest-Eze of Loyola Jesuit College Abuja became the first contestant to win the competition in both categories; as a junior student in 2015 and as a senior student in 2017. For this feat, he won a full scholarship to study Aerospace Engineering in the University of Toronto Canada and also got education support funds from Promasidor Nigeria.


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