by: Aishat Alpha
-Esther Okade: British-Nigerian Maths Genius Who Enroled in College At 10
YBTC News-Children are said to be special, but our personality of the week is extraordinary. She is a young, promising and bright young British-Nigerian, Esther Okade.
Esther took her maths GCSE at the age of six and got a C. A year later, she rewrote and got an A and in 2015 got a B at the A-level math. She gained admission to study maths at the United Kingdom’s Open University at the age of 10.
Just three weeks after enrollment Esther was top of her class after receiving a perfect score on her first test. She was one of the youngest undergraduate students and was exceptional brilliant.
Esther confesses, “I want to (finish the course) in two years. I actually wanted to start when I was seven. But my mum was like, ‘you’re too young, calm down.’ So 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.”
Esther is passionate to study math, instead of forced. This flair was detected by her mother who is also a mathematician that started homeschooling her at the age of three.
Esther tells CNN: “The course is so interesting. 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 is also writing a series of math workbooks for kids, “Yummy Yummy Algebra”. She explained to CNN: “It starts at a beginner level – that’s volume one. But then there will be volume two, and volume three, and then volume four. But I’ve only written the first one. As long as you can add or subtract, you’ll be able to do it. I want to show other children they are special.”