The students and two teachers going to the competition held between July 21 and 24 are being sponsored by Zenith Bank and Agusto Consulting Limited.
They emerged after returning top scores and the fastest times during the national Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship for Students (MOSWC) organised by ReadManna Empowerment Initiative, a non-governmental organisation that drives learning of current, practical and relevant digital literacy skills in schools and work environment.
The students are Hammad Omotosho of Aduvie International School, Abuja, who scored 1,000/1,000 in Excel 2019 in 10 minutes 11 seconds; Joshua Olunlade of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State (Word 2019 – 1,000/1,000 in 10mins 46Sec); and Gabari Rume Mamuromu of Faith Academy, Ota, Ogun State (Word 2016 1,000/1,000; 11mins 45Sec).
Others are, Adekoya Toluwani of Faith Academy (PowerPoint 2019, 1,000/1,000; 23min 18sec); Divine Ihonde of City of Knowledge Academy, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State (Excel 2016, 980/1,000; 28minutes 30seconds); and Aliyah Adunola, City of Knowledge Academy (PowerPoint 2016; 1,000/1,000; 29min 2Sec).
They will be accompanied by two ICT teachers; Mr. Olusola Ajayi of Aduvie International School, Abuja, whose student had the highest score in the 2022 MOS Nigeria Competition; and Mrs Victoria Adebayo of Faith Academy, Ota, the school with the largest number of certified students in the 2022 ReadManna Under 13 Computing Fundamentals National Competition (Ages 8 -13).
Noting the importance of Microsoft Office certifications, Chief Executive Officer of Readmanma Empowerment Initiative, Mrs. Edna Agusto, said proficiency in them gives students to leverage in the labour market.
She said: “These Microsoft Office Specialist programmes are the most commonly used productivity tools by businesses worldwide and the official MOS certification programme assesses and demonstrates proficiency in these programmes.
“Certified MOS users will become proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programmes, thereby, improving their chances of becoming gainfully employed in today’s digital world. It is globally recognised and gives certified users the opportunity to apply for jobs anywhere in the world.”
The MOSWC is keenly competed yearly by students in over 150 countries across the world. In the past 13 years, Nigeria has come second and third in the World Championship and had top 10 finishes nearly every year.
The national competition that produced the Nigerian contingent was held between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, with 385 participants taking the examination in Ilorin, Abuja and Lagos.
Olunlade is the second university student to win at the National Competition open to students between ages 13 and 22. Nineteen students scored 1,000/1,000 in various programmes.