Just last week, we heard of Saheela Ibrahim, an American girl born to Nigerian parents who became one of Harvard’s youngest students at 18. Now, CNN reports that a 10-year-old British Nigerian girl Esther Okade has become one of the UK’s youngest undergraduates after enrolling at the Open University.
Esther’s academic credentials will shame you, particularly if you sucked at maths at school. While home schooling the then 3-year-old Esther, her mother Efe noticed her daughter had a talented gift for numbers. By age 4, she was already doing algebra and quadratic equations.
By age 6, Esther had her Maths GSCE in the bag with a C, but that wasn’t good enough. The following year, she took the exams again and this time, she got the A she’d wanted initially and then went on to her A levels, which she also aced.
The genius youngster has now become a bona fide student of the Open University and it doesn’t even seem to be that much of a big deal to her. In fact, had she got her way a few years ago, Esther may have gotten into University at age 7, were it not for mum Efe who felt she was still too young.
Efe is already top of her class at Uni having scored a 100% in her last exam. “It’s so interesting,” says Esther.
“It has the type of maths I love. It’s real maths — theories, complex numbers, all that type of stuff.”
“It was super easy. My mum taught me in a nice way, she said before adding, “I want to (finish the course) in two years. Then I’m going to do my PhD in financial maths when I’m 13. I want to have my own bank by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.”
What a genius.