Sakaja's Sons Top International Math Contest

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with his two sons John and Tangai.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with his two sons John and Tangai.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja's two sons emerged as the top Kenyan students in an international Mathematics contest.

Taking to social media on Thursday, May 6, the legislator congratulated his sons, John Basil Sakaja and Tangai Sakaja who topped in their respective classes in the contest held by Mathletics World Maths Day (WMD)2021.

John Basil Sakaja who took part in the Year three contest was the first position in his school and the first in Kenya. He emerged 412 in the world. Tangai Sakaja, was second in Kenya in the Year two category.

"I am an extremely proud dad today. My sons have made me proud in the international world maths contest," he stated.

The results of Sakaja's sons
The results of Sakaja's sons in the World Maths Day 2021 contest.

The contest allows students across the globe to compete against each other in a worldwide celebration of mathematics.

The students earn one point for each correct answer that goes towards their WMD score.

After the results are announced, the top students from each year/grade receive World Maths Day trophies, while the top school for each year/ grade receives a $500 (Ksh 53,000) learning voucher.

Top students are later invited to the champions challenge for a chance to win more prizes.

In 2020, the Senator and his sons went viral when they released a video rapping a song on Coronavirus.

In the viral video, the family was seen creatively creating awareness about ways one could keep safe and avoid contracting the virus.

"Try and keep social distance, starts off the lyrics to the rap. Wash your hands with soap and water goes. Check your temperature if it getting hotter. Look at the time and get home by curfew hour," the trio rapped.

The public awareness campaign song focused on highlighting behaviour change among Kenyans. 

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