‘It is finished’ is back in NSMQ 2020 to finish what St. Peter’s started in 2019

Apparently, he is not finished. Well, he almost finished.

Michael Obeng was part of the St. Peter’s SHS team that tore opponents apart during the 2019 National Science and Maths Quiz.

And it usually began with him quoting a Bible verse.

He told Wesley Girls and the Tepa SHS teams ‘Fear not, stand firm… the Egyptians who you see today, you shall see them no more’, quoting Exodus 14:13.

On the right: Wesley Girls High School and Tepa SHS

The final score: St Peter’s – 48; Tepa – 28; Wesley Girls – 26.

The two teams were not seen again in the competition, dropping out at that crucial semi-final stage.

St. Peter’s who were the 2018 defending champions, had stopped Tepa SHS, the dark horses and called off the Wesley Girls’ SHS’ search for her first-ever NSMQ trophy. Wesley Girls’ status in the competition as “nearly women” remained intact.

Suddenly Michael’s Bible verses developed a certain ominous, portending force for defeat.

And so at the grand finale at the national theatre in Accra, it appeared that who the eventual winner will be hanged not on the quiz mistress’ declaration. It was Michael Obeng’s.

He stood there, squinting his eyes, chiselling his face, arranging his jawbones to ‘stand attention’,  he charged with the confidence of a World War soldier in the Battle of Stalingrad.

‘It is written in the book of John 19:30 and when Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said three words, it is finished’ he intoned with no muscle to smile.

It sent a chill through the auditorium, many of whom would know the power of words as a central theme in the Bible and how a Jewish teenager, David, used words before smothering a giant bully, Goliath.

Michael’s words fired up a St. Peter’s support base in the auditorium as they roared at what they felt was a divine endorsement of a victory-in-waiting.

The St.Peter’s boys danced in the auditorium, waving stuffy, worn-out school clothes, with a remorseless reputation of being anything but odourless.

The boys, like Goliath’s army, scoffed at everybody else in the auditorium.

It felt like it was finished, it looked like it was finished – but, no, it was not finished.

It was rather St. Augustine’s College who finished off St. Peter’s in a crushing victory over a powerful psychological attempt to sow seeds of defeat into the mind of their opponents who obviously felt God may be on the other side.

End of contest:
St. Augustine’s College: 39pts
Presec, Legon: 34pts
St. Peter’s SHS: 25pts

St. Augustine’s College pulled through to win a competition that had a powerful contender who appeared to believe his team had God’s exclusive support.

It is 2020 now. Apparently, Michael Obeng, the star of the St. Peter’s team, was in Form Two when he appeared in 2019.

It means, he has gotten another chance to represent his school at this year’s competition. It is a strategy that schools are beginning to adopt. Usually, schools field their final year students in the competition. It is a sort of do-or-die strategy.

But schools are beginning to learn that you can do it and not die so to speak.

That by fielding second-year students, you give them an experience which actually improves a school’s chance of a better shot at success in the following year.

The Kumasi Anglican Senior High School (KASS) has adopted this strategy too. They are fielding some of their 2019 contestants in the 2020 edition- and their team is dangerous.

And so, Michael Obeng is back. Apparently, it is not finished.

  1. Anonymous says

    Mannnn!!! Senior ,you can write!! I am really in love with your articles. You have to teach me oooo

  2. Kaakyire says

    You got me reading to the end. Great write up!!

  3. Anonymous says

    Usually I wouldn’t read such articles to the end but this one really did the trick.
    Watch out for surprises this year in the NSMQ

  4. Emmanuel says

    Wow! Great write up. I was very busy but you kept me reading to the end and still yearn for me. All eyes would be on him. May God shower him with success this time round.

  5. Anonymous says

    Edwin is an amazing writer, as always!

  6. Anonymous says

    Beautiful write up and i support Obeng

  7. Anonymous says

    As it is with Michael Obeng in NSMQ, you’re the John Grisham of our time. I didn’t intend to read the entire article but your style has glued me reading till end. 🙏

  8. Anonymous says

    Great piece!

  9. Anonymous says

    A true masterpiece by all standards!!!! I got goosebumps all over!!! GREAT WRITE-UP. You nailed it, great job. I bet you can tell how excited I am. I’m definitely reading it again.

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  11. Victoria Enyonam Adonu says

    I enjoyed reading this beautiful piece. Many thanks

  12. Anonymous says

    Very interesting and funny write up. I love reading through

  13. Anonymous says

    This article is amazing
    Great job done.

  14. Anonymous says

    Great piece

  15. Anonymous says

    Brilliantly written. Bravo

  16. Anonymous says

    Beautiful write up. Indeed, it is not finished!

  17. Anonymous says

    Loved, loved, loved it! I loved the piece!

  18. Anonymous says

    Nice write up.. Wishing him and his team mates all the best

  19. Ransford says

    The Micheal Obeng of writing. Congrats on a great write-up.

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