Former NSMQ mavericks Mbebo, Nathaniel, Selassie and Nii Amu head to top world universities

The National Science and Math Quiz (NSMQ) has gradually evolved into a National pastime where much of the country is thrown into a boisterous frenzy with current high school students engaged in healthy rivalry and the older generations doused in nostalgia of their high school days.

It is an all-round exciting time in Ghana and we do well to remember the exceptionally brilliant students from different schools from all over the country.

Some of these students have their names preceding them and are tagged ‘the must watch’ students and still some are the unexpected geniuses who show up as magical saviors for their schools answering questions with the speed of lightning and the accuracy of aeronautics.

Remember Mbebo? The Santaclausian Magician who hopped onto the quiz stage at the last minute and pushed Adisadel to a glorious second place at the 2020 final contest closing the wide gap and impressing the entire country with his sharp wit and academic prowess?

Mbebo is currently preparing for the next stage of his academic career, having performed with distinction in the WASSCE and scoring in the top 1% of all SAT test-takers in the world.

His remarkable efforts have been awarded with an admission to study at New York University Abu Dhabi with a full scholarship. He plans to study Computer Science and Computer Engineering with the sole aim of helping bridge the opportunity gap in technology in Ghana and Africa.

With a world class education, Mbebo is looking to help build Africa’s first Tech hub, modelled after Silicon Valley, the United States’ Center for Innovative Technology Companies.

“The obvious lack of tech hubs on the continent is deeply discouraging for technological innovation”, Mbebo explains.

“With the absence of a community of highly motivated ‘techies’ committed to innovating for practical solutions, the growing number of tech enthusiasts in Ghana and Africa are bound to give up on their journey because they do not have a community rich with support, resources, and financial backing.”

Mbebo is working hard and has already begun collaborating with a few of his friends to bring Africa’s first tech hub, “The Gold Valley” into existence.

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