Monday, 14 November 2016

Sheer Genius! Kids From Grey Primary School & DF Malhherbe High School Make It Through Nickelodeon's Genius Quiz Challenge Show, Eastern Cape's Finalists Announced

Eastern Cape’s smartest kids went head-to-head in the regional heats of Nickelodeon’s Genius brought to you by ABSA.  After a gruelling two days of maths quizzes, science experiments and problem-solving tasks, teams from Grey High School and DF Malherbe in Port Elizabeth made it through to the next leg of the TV quiz show.  

Heading onto the next phase of Nickelodeon’s Genius are Ethan John, James Smith, Christian Davidson from Grey Primary School and Brad Spies, Gareth Pienaar and Daniella Recchia from DF Malherbe High School. Each team has won a R50,000 ABSA MegaU bank account as well as a donation from Cambridge Publishing of R10,000 worth of books for their schools.

The two qualifying teams from EC will next appear in the Nickelodeon Genius TV game show, where they will square up against teams from all over South Africa.

A total of 36 kids aged 11-16 from schools throughout the region gathered at the Nelson Mandela Science Centre in Uitenhage (27-28 October) to take part in the Genius workshop and quiz knockout, designed to test their maths and science know-how to the limit as part of the joint initiative between Nickelodeon and ABSA.

“All the kids in EC showed resilience and spirit. The competition was very tight but our two finalists really knew their stuff, and 100% deserved to get through. Although only two teams could be selected, every child who took part should be extremely proud of themselves.  We are super-stoked for the winning teams and cannot wait to see them take part in the finals,” said Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director, Nickelodeon, Africa,”

Nickelodeon’s Genius is powered by ABSA MegaU, and supported by the  Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).  The winners will receive an amazing prize: a ZAR 100,000 ABSA MegaU account for each member of the winning team and an unforgettable visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA - where the winners will eat lunch with an astronaut – and a trip to Universal Studios. The winning schools will receive books and educational material worth R30 000, courtesy of Cambridge Publishing.

Initial highlights of Nickelodeon’s Genius regional heats and workshops will air on NickToons (DStv channel 308) from December 2016, and the game show will air from March 2017.
For more information on the GENIUS quiz show, please log on to, like Nickelodeon on Facebook or follow Nickelodeon on Twitter @NickAfrica using the hashtag #NickGenius.

About Nickelodeon’s Genius
Nickelodeon’s Genius is a fun science and maths quiz from kids and family experts Nickelodeon designed to engage school age kids in Maths and Science. The first season of Nickelodeon’s Genius took place in 2013 and was won by Rameez Chicktay (13), Amin Banderker (13) and Kayur Ranchod (13) from The Grove Primary School in Grove Park, Western Cape.

Terms & Conditions
Nickelodeon’s Genius is open to South African kids aged 11-16 (Grades 6-10). To sign up for the competition go to For full terms and conditions please go to

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