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From the Contestant’s Seat to the Quiz Qistress’ Seat: the Story of Dr. Anita Oppong-Quaicoe

Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe joined the pool of NSMQ moderators in 2020 and has so far moderated some contests at the Regional Qualifiers and the Preliminary Stage.

Somewhere in 2005 at the Assembly Hall of Achimota School in Accra, a young girl scurried up the stage to represent Ghana National College at the National Championship of the National Science & Maths Quiz (NSMQ).

This young girl is Dr. Anita Oppong-Quaicoe, who as a contestant, never envisaged that one day, she would sit on that stage again; this time, not as a contestant but as a quiz mistress.

Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe joined the pool of NSMQ moderators in 2020 and has so far moderated some contests at the Regional Qualifiers and the Preliminary Stage.

Dr. Anita Oppong-Quaicoe during one of the contests at the Preliminary Stage

On the road to being a scientist

In the Mentorship Session held on Wednesday, September 22, 2020, Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe, who was the guest, mentioned that growing up, she wanted to be a medical doctor, or a lawyer. She later opted to be a medical doctor because she thought it fascinating, and was also motivated to study science by watching NSMQ as a child.

Dr. Oppong Quaicoe (right), and the host, Ms. Amma Dugan (left) during the Mentorship Session

Bent on studying science, Dr. Oppong-Quiacoe rejected an offer to study business at Holy Child School. She, instead, went to Ghana National College to study science, where she was recruited into the NSMQ team in her second year.

“Being recruited to be part of the NSMQ team was one of my greatest days, because I never expected to be called to be part of the team,” Dr. Quaicoe said.

Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe, represented her school on the NSMQ stage in her final year at Ghana National College, unfortunately, they lost the contest by one point to Anglican SHS, Kumasi.

“We had met them in the previous week and beat them, so we thought it was going to be a walk in the park, but they came back with a revenge,” she reminisced.

From Ghana National College, Dr. Oppong-Quiacoe went to the University of Ghana, Legon, where she studied Chemistry. She wanted something that would challenge her, and found chemistry challenging enough, as well as fascinating. Hence, after her first degree, she decided to pursue the course further and did so at the master’s level at the University of Ghana, Legon and doctorate level at the University of Rhode Island, USA.

She is currently a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon. She is a Synthetic Organic Chemist, and her area of focus is synthesis of small molecules and development of methods and catalysts.

On being an NSMQ contestant and a moderator

In an extended interview with Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe, she mentioned that participating in the NSMQ as a contestant had a positive impact on her academic life.

“Participating in the quiz gave me an advantage over my colleagues who were not contestants, because we, the contestants, had access to materials that my other colleagues were not privy to,” Anita mentioned.

“It helped me develop self-studying skills, as well as determination, both of which have been helpful in all the steps of my education,” she added.

As a Quiz Mistress, Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe sees this platform as an opportunity to inspire the students, especially the girls, to aim beyond the sky and not see science as the perceived difficult subject, which is in line with her passion – to see more girls pursuing courses in the sciences, particularly chemistry.

Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe moderating one of the Preliminary Stage contests in the Bono-Ahafo Zone

Having tasted both sides of the coin – as a contestant and a quiz mistress – Dr. Oppong-Quaicoe, confessed that until she became a quiz mistress, she had no idea how much work went into the organisation of the Quiz, and now appreciates Primetime’s efforts better. She also acknowledges how hard the students work in preparation for their contests and is able to empathize with them when they get emotional over a loss.

Her advice to everyone, and to students especially, is to never be complacent.

“Complacency makes one become too comfortable. When you start getting good results, never relax or settle,” Dr. Oppong-Quiacoe advised.

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How To Surprise🎁 Your Girlfriend👩‍👧On Her Birthday🎂

In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:

Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
  • Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉

Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!

If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!

Take her on an unconventional date.

A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.

If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.

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You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).

Get her a thoughtful gift.

When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!

A few ideas:

  • Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
  • Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)

Spend more time with her than you usually do.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.

You could take her out for a fancy dinner or buy her a gift, but those are all things that have been done in the past by other people and they might not be as special to her as they once were. Instead, why not spend more time together?

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important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!

Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.

  • Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
  • Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
  • Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
  • Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
  • Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!

Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.

Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.

If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.

Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.

This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!

Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).

Give her a private dance party.

If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.

You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.

If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!

Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.

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For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.

Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.

To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.

Conclusion

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.

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