A genius is said to be somebody who exhibits an extraordinary intellectual ability to a certain stage associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge and Nigerian has been blessed with an armful of them. Nigeria sure got talent!
In 2015, the news broke out about a 10-year old math genius, Esther Okade, who is born of Nigerian parents in international media.
According to reports, Esther who lives in Walsall, an industrial town in the UK, did not attend a formal school as she was homeschooled by her mother; Omonefe Okade simply called Efe, who happened to be a teacher and a mathematician.
Esther was said to have grown up like every other girl-child of her age as she loves playing with Barbie dolls and dressing up as Elsa from Frozen but aside that she is above her age mate and peers academically. She started school like her age mates but the once vibrant girl changed drastically and luckily her parents noticed the change and decided to teach her from home.
At six, Esther took maths GCSE, a task generally was undertaken by 14 -16-year-old in the UK and passed. The genius loves math so much that she wrote a book series titled Yummy Yummy Algebra.
She started her university course on an excellent note as one of the youngest undergraduate students and was already top of her class, getting a perfect score in her first exam.
Talking about her university course of study, financial math, Esther said she wants to finish the whole course in two years and wants to own a bank by the time she is 15 because of her love for numbers. She claimed she likes people and banking is a way to help them.
“I want to (finish the course) in two years. I want to have a bank by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.”
Having perfect scores in her courses, she is to obtain her PhD before she turned 14.
Esther’s academic excellence has been profiled by various international news media. GistCorner.com celebrates Esther Okade and Nigeria.
Esther’s story was first broken by CNN in 2015.
CNN celebrates British-Nigerian genius Esther Okade.