NSMQ 2020 Grand-Finale: A Journey from Somewhere

The journey of the 2020 edition of the National Science & Maths Quiz started with over 400 schools competing at the regional level, out of which 108 qualified to the Preliminary Stage of the National Championship. From this number, 54 of them progressed to the One-eighth Stage to compete with the 27 seeded schools. One contest after another, some schools exited the competition, while others trod on. And slowly, but surely, we have come to the end of NSMQ 2020.

Eighteen years of a trophy drought, Opoku Ware School did not despair. They started their NSMQ 2020 journey from the One-eighth Stage, where they met Agogo State College and Zabzugu SHS. Even though they faced a little opposition from the Agogo State College team, it was clear from the onset that the lads from Opoku Ware were indeed hungry for a win. Opoku Ware School went on to win the Airteltigo Highest Scorer Award at the One-eighth Stage of the competition.

After winning their first contest, Opoku Ware School faced stiffer competition at the Quarterfinal Stage, where they competed with two of the best all-female Senior High Schools in Ghana – Holy Child School and Wesley Girls’ High School. Composed, and with a unique game plan, the boys sailed through the contest successfully.

Winning the semifinal contest wasn’t much of a struggle for Opoku Ware School, as their contenders – Accra Academy and Boa Amponsem SHS – could not match up to their performance. Even though Accra Academy came off as the best among the three in the first round, Opoku Ware School raced with lightning speed in the second round, to be in the lead by eight points at the end of the Speed Race. They further widened the gap by answering all their True/False statements correctly, and eventually won the contest with 55 points.

For the past five years, Adisadel College has been a familiar face at the Grand Finale of the NSMQ. They won their first trophy in 2016, and have since been trying to win their second championship title. Adisadel College started their 2020 journey from the One-eighth Stage, where they met Bishop Herman College and Tarkwa SHS. Neither of their contenders posed any challenge, and Adisadel College sailed through the contest without much hassle.

In their Quarterfinal contest against St. Peter’s SHS and OLA SHS, Ho, many tipped St. Peter’s SHS to win the contest, however, Adisadel College carried the day. At the end of the first round of the contest, St. Peter’s SHS was in the lead with 27 points, with Adisadel College following with 19 points. In the second round, however, things went south for St. Peter’s SHS. Adisadel College caught up with them in the third round, and overtook them in the fourth round by answering all their true/false statements correctly. The decider of the contest was the final round, where St. Peter’s SHS nearly picked all the riddles correctly to win the contest, but OLA SHS, Ho answered two of the riddles correctly to Adisadel College’s victory. At the Quarterfinal Stage, Adisadel College also won the AirtelTigo Highest Scorer Award.

Even though Adisadel College won their semifinal contest with a low score, the contest was one of the keenest of the 2020 edition of the NSMQ. Adisadel College and their contenders, Achimota School and Keta SHTS, went neck-and-neck till the very last riddle, where Adisadel College who were behind Achimota School by two points, answered the last riddle correctly to win the contest.

Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, five-time champions of the NSMQ, 2019 finalist, and the 2020 Greater Accra Regional Champions, started the agenda to win their sixth trophy from the One-eighth Stage, in a contest with Aggrey Memorial and Sunyani SHS. A majority of NSMQ fans tipped Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School to win this contest, and they did so effortlessly.

Unlike the One-eighth Stage, where Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School won the contest quite smoothly, their Quarterfinal contest was keenly contested. Their contenders – Ghana National College and Koforidua Secondary Technical School – put up a good fight which nearly sent the blue magicians home. However, the resilient Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School won the contest with 51 points, while their contenders followed with 42 points each.

Kumasi Academy had been a force to reckon with since they joined the race at the One-eighth Stage, sending Mfantsipim School, two-time champions of the NSMQ – home. Hence, many predicted Kumasi Academy to win their semifinal contest against Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, however, this contest was easy peasy for the Presbyterian Boys.

By way of prizes, Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School won the AirtelTigo Highest Scorer Award at the One-eighth Stage, Quarter-final Stage, as well as the Semifinal Stage. They also won the Prudential Life NSMQ Star prize at the semifinal Stage, as well as the GOIL Riddle Bonanza prize at the One-eighth Stage.

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Today, Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, Adisadel College and Opoku Ware School who have all been spectacular in their various contests will clash at the Grand Finale. Our three finalists last met at the semifinal stage in 2019, where the Blue magicians carried the day.

There is a lot at stake in this contest; this will be Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School’s nineth final appearance, the fifth appearance in six years for Adisadel College and the eighth for Opoku Ware School. Are we going to talk about six this year, is the 18-year drought going to end this year, or number two will be the mantra at the end of the day!

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

If you want to make your girlfriend feel special on her birthday, there are a lot of things that you can do. You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to make her feel loved and appreciated.

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.

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?

Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!

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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.


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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