How the quiz began

The idea for the production of a science and mathematics quiz programme was not mooted at a national science fair or conference.

It all began in early 1993, on the tennis court of the University of Ghana, Legon. Mr. Kwaku Mensa-Bonsu, then Managing Director of Primetime, was at the court to play tennis with his playmates, the late Professors Marian Ewurama Addy and Ebenezer Kweku Awotwe.

Mr. Mensa-Bonsu was curious as to why birds could stand on a live electric wire without getting electrocuted, but human beings could not do same. From Prof. Awotwe’s explanation, Mr. Mensa-Bonsu got the idea of putting together a quiz programme on Science and Maths.

It was sponsored by Unilever Ghana, makers of Brilliant Soap, it was then known as the Brilliant Science and Mathematics Quiz. Several second cycle institutions were invited to take part in the programme. The schools were divided into two groups based on their Geographical location. Schools in the Central Region, Greater Accra Region, Western Region, Volta region and Eastern Region were placed into the Southern Sector whereas those from the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions were placed in the northern sector. This was the format for the first 3 editions.

It involved 3 contestants from each school and 2 schools competing at a time. A total of 36 schools were invited to participate with 18 from each sector (maiden tournament featured 32 schools, 16 from each sector). It was hosted by Prof Marian Ewurama Addy until her death. It was broadcast on GTV every Saturday at 11am. The first three tournaments (1994, 1995, 1996) which utilized this format (Northern and Southern Sector) were won by Prempeh College (1994 and 1996) and