Akin Akande, Abuja
Representatives from 20 African countries including Nigeria have gathered in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to compete in the 22nd Pan African Mathematics Olympiad.
According to the Director National Mathematical Centre, Professor Adewal Solarin, the competition, which aims among other things to encourage female students to study mathematics would see to the crowning of first African Mathematics Queen in both junior and senior categories.
He said girls that finished top ten in the last Cowbell Mathematics competition were specially invited to take part in the contest in order to encourage more female students participation in the mathematics olympiad.
Professor Solarin who said the Mathematics Queen would be crowned by the first lady Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan disclosed that the mathematics olympiad is a prelude to the Pan African Mathematics Congress (PACON) slated to kick off in Abuja on July 1.
The congress, which is said is being organised by the African Mathematics Union would attract mathematicians and relevant stakeholders from all over Africa as well as China and German.
He said Nigeria would at the Congress attempt to break two world mathematics record by assemblying the world largest mathematics class with over 3000 students in attendance.
The current holder of the record is India which assembled 2003 students in a mathematics class.
Professor Solarin also disclosed that Nigeria would also gather 1500 people at the congress to solve the brain tasking Ruby Cube in 30 seconds.
He explained that the olympiad would afford the Federal Government to spot gifted and talented students as well as identify innovations that can be invested on.
The Pan African Mathematics Congress holds every four year and brings mathematicians from all over Africa. together to discuss on way forward in. the field of Mathematics.
Nigeria first hosted it in 1986 and also in 2007.