From Left to Right: Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education and representative of Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi; Chairman, Panel of Judges, Maltina Teacher of the Year, Professor Pat Utomi; Delta State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Chinedu Ebie; 2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year, Mr. Felix Ariguzo; Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Johan Doyer; Member of Panel of Judges, Maltina Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Eugenia Abu and Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem at the grand finale of the 2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year in Lagos on Thursday


Mr. Felix Udochukwu Ariguzo, a teacher with Mastercare International
School, Asaba, Delta State, has emerged the Maltina Teacher of the Year for
2017 in the highpoint of the competition’s grand finale held in Lagos on

For the feat, Ariguzo was rewarded with N1 million in addition to N500,000
he received as Delta State champion. He will also receive N1 million every
year for five years, a training programme abroad and a block of six
classrooms built at his school.

Ariguzo, a Biology and Chemistry teacher, revealed that he draws
inspiration for teaching from his love for service and knowledge building.
He thanked Nigerian Breweries for the gesture and enjoined other corporate
organisations to follow the worthy example. Today, I am very happy and
proud that Nigerian Breweries has shown that teachers’ rewards are both in
heaven and on earth,” he said.

The 38 year old son of a teacher maintained that teaching is not about
earning a living, but giving life a meaning and that a strong passion and
emotional stability are vital in the teaching profession.

On the night, Mrs. Chika Ume-Ezeoke, a Biology teacher with Our Lady of
Apostle, Yaba, Lagos State, emerged the first runner-up, while Mr. Samuel
Emochuaogu an English teacher with Winners International Academy,
Agudama-Epie, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State clinched the second runner-up position.

Each of the 27 State Champions received Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,
000) while the1st and 2nd runners-up got an additional One Million Naira
(N1, 000, 000) and Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N750, 000)

While welcoming guests at the event, the Managing Director, Nigerian
Breweries Plc., Mr. Johan Doyer 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 naira.

The fund, according to him, has impacted over 25,000 students across the
country, built 31 classroom blocks and 30 libraries equipped with furniture
and books in both primary and secondary schools across various communities.

He added that in 2015, the company’s intervention in education was expanded
to include teachers when the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative was
launched. The initiative he said, was hinged on the realization that
teachers hardly get the recognition they deserve in spite of the pivotal
role they play in determining the quality of education and the future of
our country.

“Today’s grand finale gives us an opportunity to share happiness with our
teachers and I hope that this initiative reminds everyone to support and
encourage our teachers always,” Doyer said.

He equally thanked the stakeholders in the education sector for their
support especially the Federal Ministry of Education, the ministries of
education in all the states across the country, the Nigerian Union of
Teachers, the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools
(ANCOPSS), the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, amongst several

In her remarks, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Oluranti
Adebule, who was represented by Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, a Permanent Secretary
in the Ministry of Education, described teachers as the most critical asset
of the nation and thanked Nigerian Breweries for the initiative she
described as a big boost to teachers and the teaching profession.

The Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative has so far, produced 69 State
Champions and three overall winners. In 2015, Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi from
the Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha,Anambra State emerged as the
Maltina Teacher of the Year at the maiden edition while Mr. Imoh Enoh
Essien, a teacher at the Special Education Center for Exceptional Children,
Uyo, Akwa Ibom State won in 2016.