The quest for the best teacher in secondary schools in Nigeria in 2018 came to a glorious end last Thursday, when Olasunkanmi Samuel Opeifa, a teacher from Government Day Secondary School, Karu, Abuja emerged as the 2018 Maltina Teacher of the Year.
The journey was not smooth for Opeifa as he had to battle other teachers from across the country to clinch the coveted prize.
However, for the feat, he was rewarded with N1 million in addition to the N500,000 he received as state champion from Abuja. He will also get N1 million every year for the next five years and a block of six classrooms built at his school.
On the same night, Olalekan Adeeko, a Computer studies teacher from Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, Ogun State emerged the first runner-up, while Samuel Temitope Popoola, a Physics teacher with Deeper Life High School, Akure, Ondo State clinched the second runner-up position.
Apart from the N500,000 reward as State Champion, the first and second runners-up got an additional N1 million and N750,000 respectively.
Speaking during the award ceremony, Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Jordi Borrut Bel, explained that in line with its philosophy of ‘Winning with Nigeria’, the company resolved in 1994, to play a more active role in the development of education in Nigeria when it established the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund with a commencement capital of N100 million.
Borrut Bel maintained that over the years, the Education Trust Fund has impacted over 25,000 students with over 400 classrooms, 30 libraries and laboratories built in over 40 communities across Nigeria.