Esther Okade, a 13-year-old Nigerian-British math genius, received a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Mathematics from the UK Open University for her remarkable work.
Esther Okade, a math genius since childhood, is rumored to have begun tackling difficult problems, such as quadratic equations, at the age of three.
Esther had intended to enroll in college since she was seven years old, according to her mother Omonefe Okade.
Esther received a C in math at the GCSE level when she was six years old, which allowed her to take the A-Level math exams.
At the time, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom invited her to study Mathematics at the institution.
However, Esther’s parents had her homeschooled and in 2015, when Esther is 10 years old, she got enrolled at Open University (a UK-based distance learning college) for a university maths course, making her the youngest undergraduate student in the UK.
A few weeks after the young Esther got enrolled at university, she got straight A’s and ultimately became the best student in her class. She described her first test as “easy” after scoring a perfect 100% grade.
“It’s 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 told CNN.
“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,” she added.
At the age of 13, Esther received a Bachelor’s degree in financial mathematics, and three years later, she received a PhD in the same field from the same university.
The 16-year-old mathematics prodigy is well on her way to realizing all of her goals at such a young age after excelling in the classroom.
She has written several math textbooks for kids, including Yummy Yummy Algebra, and she and her mother Omonefe, a mathematician.