NSMQ’s Prof. Elsie Kaufmann reveals how she was nearly killed because of the show


Prof. Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann, the longest-serving host of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), nearly died as a result of her passion for the competition that showcases students’ brilliance in math and science.

The Biomedical Scientist was on the verge of passing away after moderating 76 NSMQ contests all by herself. She did this while ill, and it nearly cost her life.

On Thursday, she revealed this during an interview with Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Starr FM.

“I considered it because my responsibilities have increased recently.” I’m now a Dean, which is fortunate given that I only compete in thirteen contests per year. The most contests I’ve done in a year is 76; the thing nearly killed me. It nearly killed me because I became ill in the middle of the show, and it wasn’t until the following year that other quiz show hosts joined.”

Prof. Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann began moderating the NSMQ competition in 2006 and continues to do so today. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the NSMQ. This means she has been moderating the competition for the past 17 years.

Presbyterian Boys Senior High School recently defeated Achimota School and Opoku Ware School to win its eighth trophy.


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