“I feel for her,” Emmanuel said sadly. Bode, one of the participants, had just ended his round in the 60 seconds of fame.
“Me too,” Perfect agreed beside him. She too was as sad as Emmanuel and it seems like everyone of them shared the same emotion that very moment. They are all eager to know what the final points hold, hoping it doesn’t lead to another tiebreak.
“What do you think, Perfect?” Emmanuel asked, not looking away from Ayo.
“I believe she will score higher than that boy.” She pointed towards Bode, who wore a comfortable smile on his face as the quizmaster queried him.
“I want to believe so too,” Emmanuel said, now staring at Perfect in the eyes. “But could she score more than Anu?”
Perfect sighed and buried her face in her palms. She looked back at Emmanuel with inquisitive eyes. “Are you implying the boy and Ayo are likely to have a tiebreak?”
“Something like that,” Emmanuel said. “Or Anu and the boy are on the same point, with A
Back at home, on Monday evening following the first preliminary stage of the Mathematics Olympiad, Bukky was watching the video clip on television, because she wasn’t present to watch it live as events unfold. Ayo on the other hand was getting herself prepared for the semifinals, which obviously wouldn’t come until all preliminaries had been done.“Hey, Ayo!” Bukky, well relaxed on the comfortable two-seater couch, called out. “Did you notice how that girl kept looking at you?” She asked without turning to look at Ayo, instead she was focused on the television and pointing at it with the remote control on her hand.“Which girl?” Ayo asked curiously. She was seated in the study section, adjacent to where Bukky sat. It had just a chair and a table, which contained various study materials stacked neatly upon one another. She looked up from the tablet she was holding while she disconnected the wireless headset from her earhole.“The one in blue striped uniform.”
Lizben Schools, Four years AgoIt was the month of July, 2014 Lizben schools had just vacated for the third term of the 2013/2014 academic session. It was a day after the end of the session party. She was seated in the classroom with her best friend.“AY, has your dad arrived?” a girl, standing adjacent to where Ayo sat, asked.“My dad? Are you sleeping?” Ayo replied, sarcastically. “Have you forgotten he travelled out of the country?”“Oh! I forgot.” The girl covered her mouth with her palms. “I hope your mum is coming then.”“I don’t know. She promised to be here by 10 and” – she glanced at her wristwatch – “it’s now quarter to 11. She’s still not here.”“She would come, maybe it's traffic.”“What about your parents?”“My daddy is here already. He’s currently in the headmistress office.”Ayo looked down at her feet. “I wish my dad would just appear.”“It’s not only appear. It’s disappear!”“You know what I mean Anu,
How time flies? It’s already the 6th preliminary stage in the Mathematics Olympiad. Aside from Ayo, who had qualified for the semifinals, Perfect had also qualified in the senior category during the 2nd preliminary and Funmi; in the junior category during the 5th preliminary. Perfect did excellently well, leaving the runner-up 15 points behind, which has been unheard of since the inception of the Mathematics Olympiad. She had answered a total of 16 questions in the 60 seconds of fame. While Funmi was only able to squeeze in after going through a tiebreak in the 2nd round.“It’s the 6th prelim!” the quiz master announced for all to hear. “It is good to see your beautiful faces once more after an exciting 5th prelim where we witnessed Damilola Oladapo, a student from Beacon High School, break a record previously set in this year’s Mathematics Olympiad in the junior category by another student from Nightingale Academy.” He paused to take a breath.“Isn’t that exciting?” he
“Hi, Funmi,” Ayo greeted as soon as she entered SSS 1 Science classroom that Monday morning. School had just resumed for the 2018/2019 session. The previous JSS 3 students were now in SSS 1 and in their various choice of departments: Science, Technical, Commercial and Humanities.“Hi, Ayomide,” Funmi replied with the wave of her hand, making way for her to step farther in. “What about your friend? I guess she is in humanities.”“No. Not at all,” Ayo said without being annoyed as she already knew Funmi was trying to mock her friend. “She’s in commercial class. She wants to be an accountant.”“Oh! I see,” Funmi reacted and walked behind Ayo to where the latte was headed. “What about you?”“I don’t really know.” She sat and Funmi hurriedly sat beside her. “I want to be someone who impart knowledge on others.”“A teacher then?”“Maybe! Preferably, a lecturer.”“Hey! Guys,” Oreoluwa called as he walked towards the duo. He dropped his bag on Funmi
“Ayo,” Bukky who was leaning on the window frame of Ayo’s classroom, called. It was lunch break and every other student seemed to be out of their classroom if not in the dining hall.“Yes, what is it?” Ayo responded. A mouthful of rice in her mouth. She wasn’t one who leaves her class much, not when the semi finals are around the corner.“When you are done. Can you come downstairs to our class?”“Why not come and join me?” Ayo offered. “And whatever you want to tell me, you will say it.”“Thank you. I just finished eating,” she declined. “I want you to come and see Promise.”“Promise?” she hurriedly covered her food flask. “Let’s go now.” She wiped off food particles on her lips and ran out of the class to join Bukky.“Ayo, did you see the letter I left you on Saturday?” Bukky asked as they walked down the
It’s another Monday morning and the third week since the new term began. That very day, the school bus had just dropped Ayo off at school. As soon as she alighted, the familiar voice of Bukky greeted her but she decided to ignore.She made to walk up the stairs but the voice called again. Though, it was faint as the person was still at a distance but Ayo knew the caller. She ran up the first flight of stairs in a bid to avoid her but had to stop when Bukky called for the third time. This time, right behind her.“Are you avoiding me?” Bukky said as soon as she caught up with Ayo. “Because it seems to me like you are!”Ayo grunted. “Bukky you’ve started again. It’s Monday morning for God’s sake!”“What have I done?” Bukky protested. “Don’t bother!” She hissed and walked away.Ayo sighed and walked up the remaining steps. ‘Was I too harsh? She wouldn’
“I really liked it as Ore and Ayo are placed together in the semifinals,” Funmi said as they settled in their seats, ready to witness the first semifinal stage of the mathematics Olympiad.It’s been quite an interesting Olympiad, which has seen 54 contestants against one another in 9 different stages, in each of the categories; Junior and Senior. In each category, each week had always featured 6 contestants and at the end, 2 contestants would emerge as winners to progress to the semifinals. At the end of the preliminaries, there were only 18 contestants left who were further divided into 3 groups; each group having 6 contestants to battle for the top 2 again, who will then advance to the finals.Here it was, the first semifinals! The first six contestants stood as usual behind each of the pulpits while the quiz master was at his. The stage lights had already been lit and each of them seemed anxious as to what the first round held.“I wish both of them good lu
“Audience, what do you think?” the quiz master asked rhetorically. The first round had just come to an end and everyone awaited the result. “It’s been an interesting and amazing first round,” he said to the contestants.The contestants couldn’t hold their anxiety, as they all stood on the toes awaiting the quiz master’s next words. He smiled before he continued, “I would have loved to see all of your faces in the semifinals but” – he sighed – “that’s not possible.”“Which three among them won’t proceed to the second round?” the quiz master asked yet another rhetorical question, which further puts the anxiety of the contestants on edge. They stole glances of one another as they waited.“Wow!” He looked down on the digital screen and up at the audience. “The scores are really close. I mean really… really close and definitely th