- Esther Okade, a 13-year-old British-Nigerian girl would be getting her PhD soon
- The news of her getting a degree at such a young age made Tolu Ogunlesi react
Esther Okade, a 13-year-old British-Nigerian girl, who has been identified as a genius is set to get her PhD. The news of her getting a PhD at that young age bemused Tolu Ogunlesi, the special assistant to President Buhari on digital and new media.
NAIJ.com gathered that Okade’s academic growth has always been an interesting one as she got enrolled into Open University, a UK-based learning college when she was just ten.
The smart kid who strikes everyone as a normal kid loves dressing like Elsa in ‘Frozen’ yet; she does an amazing job when it comes to numbers.
When the teenager enrolled into the university, she emerged top of her class. The concept of working with numbers has always been interesting to the youngster who embraced the mathematical world with courage.
The young girl said then that she was going to finish the course in two years and earn a PhD in financial mathematics at the age of 13. She also dreams of owning her own bank at the age of 15 because she likes numbers and wants to help people at the same time.
Contrary to the thought that her parents pushed her so hard to start university early, Okade begged her mum to start when she was 7 according to the interview CNN had on her when she was just ten. Efe, her mum, declined and only allowed her to do so when she was ten.
In line with Okade’s calculation of the time she would be done with her program at the university in order for her to earn a PhD, everything is falling into place.
The idea of her getting such a degree at a tender age struck Tolu Ogunlesi as a strange one as he tweeted and asked what a 13-year-old would be doing with such a degree at that age. See Tolu Ogunlesi's tweet below:
Okada indeed had an early start with her mum who was home schooling her. The mother explained that in the UK, school is not a must for a child until the age of 5. The brilliant girl had been enrolled in a private school which she disliked because she was not allowed to talk.
As a matter of fact, this exceptional performance runs in the family as the bright girl’s younger brother has also shown signs of being a genius. He wrote an A level exam when he was just 6.
On this note, do you agree with Tolu Ogunlesi on the issue of a 13-year-old getting a PhD? Share your thoughts with NAIJ.com in the comment section.
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