Four Students of the Federal University of
Technology , Akure, FUTA, » Nigeria will represent
the country at the International Mathematics
Competition (IMC) being organized by the
University College, London and holding in
America University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
between 25th and 29th July, 2016.
The FUTA students achieved this feat by coming
tops at the 8th National Mathematics
Competition for University Students (2016
NAMCUS) in Nigeria which took place in Abuja
under the aegis of the National Mathematical
They came first from a pool of twenty-four
competing Universities with 96 students which
earned them a place in the international
The FUTA Team from its department of
mathematics comprised Michael Omolaja , a 500
level student who clinched a gold medal and the
title of Best Student Mathematician across
Nigerian Universities, Mary Akinade and Segun
Ofe, both 500 level students who won silver
medals and Desmond Dike, a 300 level student
who picked a bronze medal.
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Dr. Babatope Omolofe and Mr. Ayodeji Afolabi,
lecturers in the Department supervised the team.
The International Competition would consist of
two sessions of five hours each with problems
from the field of Algebra, Real and Complex
Analysis, Geometry and Combinatorics with about
80 countries participating.
NAMCUS, which is an annual event initiated by
the National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja
to prepare Nigerian students for the annual
International Mathematics Competition for
students of higher institutions across the
The 2016 edition consisted of two papers of six
questions drawn from a pool on Abstracts,
Algebra, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis,
Functional Analysis and Differential Equations
with forty-eight students emerging as medal
Dr Babatope Omolofe, one of the team leaders
particularly expressed gratitude to God for the
placement of the team. He said the team owed
it to God as he saw total commitment to God as
their winning ticket.
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Mr. Ayodeji Afolabi, the other team leader added
that the team’s victory showed the stuff FUTA is
made off and increases the University’s ranking
among its peers. He was hopeful that the team
would return with medals from the international
competition as he opined that the team has what
it takes to hold its own on the global platform.
Disclosing the secret to success, Michael
Omolaja, the gold medalist said the team
depended on God and worked together to
distinguish itself. Omolaja who has a record of
tutoring students at Masters and PhD levels is a
Fluid Numerical and Complex Analysis major in
the making with a Cumulative Grade Point
Average (CGPA) of 4.69 and several published
journal papers to his credit. Mary Akinade, the
female on the team and one of the silver
medalists explained that Mathematics is not as
difficult as people think.
She emphasized that the successful study of
Mathematics only demands interest, support,
persistent practice and confidence.
She has a CGPA of 4.68. According to Segun Ofe
who is a second time participant (2015) and the
second silver medalist, “ it is a privilege to
represent Nigeria and we are going to put in our
best to make the most of the privilege. ” His CGPA
is 4.59. The bronze medalist, Desmond Dike who
has CGPA of 4.68 said the team selection was a
good compliment and that he particularly learnt
from team mates in order to give his best.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola
while congratulating the team assured the
members of total support as they prepare to fly
the flag of FUTA and Nigeria in Bulgaria. He
described their feat as a big boost to the
University image and another testimony to its
excellence in academic matters.
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