Esther Okade blazing the trail at 12, Buhari’s PA, despising the girl’s achievement (pics)

By Muyiwa Olayinka

Esther Okade

It was in 2015 that CNN ran a documentary on a 10 year old Nigerian British born young girl, Esther Okade is an undergraduate. This is a real feat and how did she achieved this?

I will reproduce part of the documentary here:

Esther, from Walsall, an industrial town in the Uk’s West Midlands region, is one of the country’s youngest college freshmen

“It’s so interesting. It has the type of maths I love. It’s real maths — theories, complex numbers, all that type of stuff,” she giggles. “It was super easy. My mum taught me in a nice way.”
She adds: “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.”
And in case people think her parents have pushed her into starting university early, Esther emphatically disagrees.
“I actually wanted to start when I was seven. But my mum was like, “you’re too young, calm down.” After three years of begging, mother Efe finally agreed to explore the idea
Esther and Proud Mum
A marvelous mathematical mind
Esther has always jumped ahead of her peers. She sat her first Math GSCE exam, a British high school qualification, at Ounsdale High School in Wolverhampton at just six, where she received a C-grade. A year later, she outdid herself and got the A-grade she wanted. Then last year she scored a B-grade when she sat the Math A-level exam.
Esther’s mother noticed her daughter’s flair for figures shortly after she began homeschooling her at the age of three. Initially, Esther’s parents had enrolled her in a private school but after a few short weeks, the pair began noticing changes in the usually-vibrant youngster.
Efe says: “One day we were coming back home and she burst out in tears and she said ‘I don’t ever want to go back to that school — they don’t even let me talk!’
“In the UK, you don’t have to start school until you are five. Education is not compulsory until that age so I thought OK, we’ll be doing little things at home until then. Maybe by the time she’s five she will change her mind.”
Efe started by teaching basic number skills but Esther was miles ahead. By four, her natural aptitude for maths had seen the eager student move on to algebra and quadratic equations.
And Esther isn’t the only maths prodigy in the family. Her younger brother Isaiah, 6, will soon be sitting his first A-level exam in June.
Esther is 12 years old and about to realise her dream of becoming a Phd holder at 13, she’s still topping her class.
She writes a maths workbook series for children. Esther explained the series to CNN:
“It starts at a begginer level- that’s volume one. But then there will be volume two, and volume three, and then the volume four. But I have only written the first one. As long as you can add ir substract, you will be able yo do it. I want to show other children they are special.
Esther also her dream. She said ” I want to finish the course in two years. Then I’m going to do my Phd in financial mathematics whem I’m 13. I want to have  my own bank by the time by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.”
Tolu Ogunlesi
However, President Buhari’s media aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, who is also Head of Digital Communication for the Nigerian President, has slammed @Blacktolive, a Twitter handle which celebrates anything concerning black excellence, for celebrating Esther Okade, a 13-year-old British-Nigerian who is set to earn her PhD by 2018.
Tolu Ogunlesi who took to Twitter to disclose how he feels about Esther Okade’s celebration on Black to Live, said he sees nothing worth celebrating there, and further asked what a 13 year old will be doing with a Phd
See his tweet
Some facts about Tolu Ogunlesi
Tolu Ogunlesi is a Nigerian journalist, poet, photographer, and fiction writer. Also a popular blogger, one of Nigeria’s most active Twitter users and renowned for his journalism, Ogunlesi was appointed to the role of Special Assistant on Digital/New Media by President Muhammadu  Buhari on 18 February 2016.
I wonder what made him to pass such comment. Is it out of being heard or out of jealousy?
This young girl ought to be celebrated and not to be castigated by a cerebral journalist. At times one is bemused about what goes through some people’s mind. An international news media ran a documentary on a black girl, a role model, living her dreams according to her set timelines. A political appointee of a rudderless and clueless goverment passing snide remarks about her achievements.
It bothers me if the allure of office intoxicates this Presidential’s aide. He should be more focussed in helping the government he’s serving to make life better for Nigerians. This government has made Nigerians worse than the way it met them.
Ride on Esther Okade, you are a pride to your generation, Nigeria and to the entire black world.

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