This young girl is as ordinary as other girls her age who spends her spare time playing Barbie dolls and making loom bands. but something spectacular about Esther Okade is that she has been admitted in to a UK University to study mathematics degree at age 10 despite not attending formal school.
The young Nigerian girl living with her parents in Walsall, west midlands in the UK, has been enrolled on an open university course after she passed her A-levels. “I want to study for a PhD before running my own bank’. Esther Okade said.
The girl, who gained a C grade in her maths GCSE at age six, has joined the course which started this month. Isaiah Okade her younger brother, is already studying for his A-levels – also aged six. The siblings are both home-schooled by their mother mrs Omonefe Okade, who has converted the living room of their semi-detached, three-bedroom house into a make shift classroom.
Mrs Okade, 37, Mathematician, said: ‘Esther is doing so well. She took a test recently and scored 100 per cent. Applying to the university was an interesting process because of her age. ‘We even had to talk to the vice-chancellor. After they interviewed her, they realised that this has been her idea from the beginning. From the age of seven Esther had always wanted to go to the university.
‘But I was afraid it was too soon. She would say, “Mum, when am I starting?”, and go on and on. Finally, after three years she told me, “Mum, I think it is about time I started university now”. Mrs Okade added that Esther – who will study for her degree at home – was ‘flying’ and ‘so happy’ when she was accepted by the university, and wants to be a millionaire.