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Inspiring Teachers celebrated as Rose Nkemdilim Obi emerges as “Maltina Teacher of the Year”

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L-R: Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Nicolaas Vervelde handling over the trophy to the winner of the Maltina Teacher of the Year, Rose Nkemdilim Obi

The setting inside the Grand Ball Room of the prestigious Oriental Hotel, Lekki-Lagos was as grand as the event billed for the evening. Guests and friends of contestants arrived early for the red carpet reception and photo session, while expectation about the main event of the night was at its peak.

Out of the numerous entries, nineteen state champions emerged representing Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Katsina. From these, ten finalists emerged. The finalists who slugged it out at the final lap, were winners from Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Imo, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States.

The great moment of anxiety came when the ten were reduced to three – one man, two women – from where the second runner-up, first runner-up and the winner emerged. After some moments of suspense by the duo of Frank Edoho and Gbenga Adeyinka who handled the programme, Daniel Sunday Udiong from Akwa Ibom was announced as the second runner-up. Then the real moment. Two women; one from Borno, the other from Anambra.

Finally, the quest for the best teacher in public secondary schools in Nigeria came to a glorious end when a 37 year-old teacher from Anambra State, Rose Nkemdilim Obi emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year.

Obi, who is equally a daughter of a teacher, teaches Mathematics and Chemistry at the Federal Government Girls College, (FGGC) Onitsha. The year 2000 graduate of Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Anambra State beat nine other finalists to the coveted prize.

The first runner-up was Binta Mohammed Lawan of Federal Government College Maiduguri, Borno State, in the war ravaged North East.

The award instituted by Maltina, the non-alcoholic malt brand from the stable of Nigerian Breweries Plc, is courtesy of Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. It is aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession.

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L-R: Daniel Sunday Udiong, 2nd runner-up, Maltina Teacher of the Year; Rose Nkemdilim, winner, Maltina Teacher of the Year; and 1st runner-up, Maltina Teacher of the Year, Binta Mohammed Lawan

For their effort, the national winner got one million naira and another five hundred thousand naira for being among the ten finalists. Aside this, another one million naira will be paid into her account annually for five years. Obi will also be sent abroad for professional training on the bill of Nigerian Breweries/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, just as the Federal Government Girls College Onitsha, Obi’s school, has also become an instant beneficiary of a block of six classrooms.

The first runner-up got one million naira plus another five hundred thousand naira finalists’ prize money, while the second runner-up took seven hundred and fifty naira and another five hundred thousand naira for getting to the finals.

Speaking after her declaration as winner, Obi dedicated her victory to God and her fellow teachers. She also thanked Nigerian Breweries, for the great honour and motivation done to teachers and the teaching profession. “Teaching is a noble profession, it is a calling and it is a commitment to building the nation. I thank God today for my life, and I thank Nigerian Breweries for restoring the dignity and pride of teachers“, she said.

In his welcome remark, the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Nicolaas Vervelde explained that the company operates with a philosophy of “winning with Nigeria” and has championed causes that add value to the society since its inception in 1946. “In 1994, we raised the profile of our support of the education sector when we established the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund to enable us to contribute to the development of the sector. Everywhere in the world, teachers play a vital role in sustainable national development by training, coaching and modelling which is critical to determining the quality of education“, he said.

He noted that everywhere in the world, teachers play a vital role in sustainable national development by training, coaching and modeling which is critical to determining the quality of education. “However, everyone acknowledges that these teachers seldom get the recognition they deserve. It was to address this missing link that we launched the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative in May“, he submitted.

He added that the valid entries received were subjected to an intensive selection and judging process by an independent, external panel of judges to ensure transparency, credibility and objectivity.

The Panel of Judges which comprised eminent Nigerian academics and professionals, was chaired by Prof. Pat Utomi, Founder/CEO, Centre for Values in Leadership. Others included: Mopelola O. Omoegun, Professor of Education, University of Lagos; Prof. Thomas I. Ofuya, Vice Chancellor, Wellspring University and Member, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities; as well as Olusegun Adeniyi, Chairman, Editorial Board, ThisDay Newspapers. Other members are: Dr. Abdulrahman Binta Fatima, National President, All-Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools; and Prof. Tijjani Abubakar, Dean, Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University.

The race for Maltina Teacher-of-The-Year started on Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 generated unprecedented interest from teachers across the country. The initiative with prizes worth over N50 million annually, is to reward commitment and diligence to duty by exceptional teachers across the country.

Kufre Ekanem, Nigerian Breweries Corporate Affairs Adviser explained that that through this initiative, the company can inspire this nation to accord our teachers their deserved credit and bring back respect to the teaching profession in Nigeria.

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11 Comments

  1. Awwww

    October 25, 2015 at 10:51 am

    This is definitely Anambra day – Proud Anambra lady 🙂
    and it is indeed a great initiative by Maltina, remembering those who society hardly remembers, the ones who groom the doctors, and the engineers, and the lawyers, and the IT gurus. I am happy for all the winners, and especially for the 37 year old lady with the grand prize, i am happy that fortune smiled on her and she is being rewarded for her hard work. This is an encouragement to everyone to give their ALL to whatever they do, you never know from where good will come, and even if it doesn’t, you have the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you could – that alone brings PEACE.

  2. xplorenollywood.com

    October 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

    God bless teachers!!! Nice initiative Martina, our teachers need more for the amount of work they put in to develop future leaders, I do pray they keep it up. Isn’t it amazing that the top 3 awards are from federal government colleagues? There’s hope for these schools!!!

  3. jwezee

    October 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Nice..highly commendable

  4. nnenne

    October 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Am not a teacher but very much in support of anything that uplifts teachers.
    Maltina just got a loyal customer.

    Nurses/ midwives next.

  5. Blossombeautyfinesse

    October 25, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I’m proud of you,My beautiful Mathematics teacher..God bless you real good.FGGC,My Alma mater.

  6. JUSTADA

    October 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    OMG.So happy for her. Our Maths baby is going places.she was the youngest math teacher in FGGC Onitsha and was well liked. She deserves this and more.

  7. newbie

    October 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    This is the best thing I’ve read today! Amazing. Educating our young ones and getting it right is so important it can never be overemphasised. It’s only right that the people responsible for molding those young minds into tomorrow’s ‘Who is Who’ are recognised. Kudos to Maltina.

  8. clara

    October 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I will never forget her flogging, she flogs according to how u fail

  9. no heart to hate

    October 26, 2015 at 10:36 am

    This is really Commendable to maltina and to all the Participants. God Bless you all

  10. Chi

    October 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I am extremely pleased about this initiative of Maltina. Other corporate bodies should follow suit and reward teachers more. They put in so much and deserve a lot more recognition and rewards than they are currently getting. Kudos to Maltina for being a trail blazer!

  11. Amaa

    October 27, 2015 at 3:45 am

    If it is to sponsor dying programs like kids say the darnedest things that add no value to the tsociety monies will be spent. Bravo maltina make this an annual thing and let the public schools be the main focus . No offense to the private schools but that is where the majority of of the population is . Plus they are paid the lowest salaries sometimes owed for months and they do their work diligently

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