I admire mathematicians because they are very logical. In short, Mathematics – the beautiful science of numbers – brought calm to our young minds those days because it was the only subject you could challenge a teacher for 100% in an exam; others are subjective.
From Mr. Bukar (my JSS3 teacher, ABU Zaria Mech Engr) to Mr. Aham (SS1, UNN Mech Engr), from Mr. Onyezenwe (SS2, UNN Mech Engr) to Mr. Ukene (SS3, UNN Math), we had men who introduced us to the beautiful field. My village has a tradition of hiring external teachers for the village public schools, supplementing the ones sent by the government.
But I saw a video today that shook that mathematical aura: A professor of Mathematics at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Francis Osagiede, speaking on Nigeria Television Authority, on coronavirus spread, diminished mathematics. With an opportunity to educate his fellow citizens, he lost everyone! Of course, with ASUU on strike, he might be farming now.