Ms Nkemdilim Obi emerges Maltina Teacher of the year

The quest for the best teacher in public secondary schools in Nigeria came to a glorious end at a grand ceremony in Lagos with 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, Onitsha.

The year 2000 graduate of Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka, Anambra State beat nine other finalists to the coveted prize.

The 10 finalists, who slugged it out at the final lap, were the winners from Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Imo, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States.

The first runner-up was Binta Mohammed Lawan of Federal Government College, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Lawan’s counterpart from Akwa Ibom State, Daniel Sunday Udiong, emerged as the second runner-up.

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.

For their effort, the national winner got N1 million, which 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 College Onitsha, Obi’s school, has also become an instant beneficiary of a block of six classrooms.

The first runner-up got N1 million plus another N500,000 finalists’ prize money, while the second runner-up took N750,000 and another N500,000 for getting to the finals.

Speaking after her declaration as winner, Obi, who spoke ex-tempore for more than 10 minutes, 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.

She said: “Teaching is a noble profession.


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