Esther Okade: a British-Nigerian little girl with an awesome brain!

Back in 2015, the world first learnt about Esther Okade through a CNN post:

CNN)At first glance Esther Okade seems like a normal 10-year-old. She loves dressing up as Elsa from “Frozen,” playing with Barbie dolls and going to the park or shopping.

But what makes the British-Nigerian youngster stand out is the fact that she’s also a university undergraduate.

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

The talented 10-year-old enrolled at the Open University, a UK-based distance learning college, in January and is already top of the class, having recently scored 100% in a recent exam.

“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.

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.



Now, the little girl with a very awesome brain, is set to receive her doctorate.

Watch her in a short mailonline interview that dazzles:




MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018. 5:49 P.M. [GMT]

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4 Comments on “Esther Okade: a British-Nigerian little girl with an awesome brain!”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    Great news! Thank God she is in a place where talent is nurtured.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fola,

      Oh, how correct you are! Imagine the talented young kids that have gone undiscovered, undeveloped and lost to Nigeria and the world. Meanwhile, the countey’s rulers are in a “game of thrones”, pardon the borrow: the political struggle is about who becomes president, governors and central “lawmakers”, the three most “lucrative” areas with the most to gain. Universities, colleges and other educational institutions are in shambles for lack of well-trained teachers, lack of books and equipment and worse, lack of salaries to teachers.

      Who will save the country!

      My regards,

      Liked by 1 person


  2. emotan77 Says:


    Dear Sister,

    Thanks for for sharing this encouraging item! I say encouraging because it takes a lot of guts to stand up and face our sad fate, not to mention come up with an answer–even if a timid one. This is a step in the right direction. The journey of a 1000 years begins with a step, the Chinese adage says.

    Personally, I hope that we eventually separate ourselves from the mess called Nigeria. Oju àfọ́ọ̀fọ́tán, ìjà ni ndá sí ‘lẹ̀; pátápátá là nfọ́ ‘jú, kùnà kuna là ndẹ́tẹ̀! My heart goes out to the Igbo. They got it right then, and I hope they’re not too beaten down to rise again.

    I also hope that we do not make the mistake of basing our hope on the failed colonial socio-political and economic systems. We have too much of our own to keep borrowing/stealing others raggedy, filthy garbs.




    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Remi,

      Ó ma ṣe gan! A most apt Yoruba saying that tells us all: why the fear, or whatever it is that may be holding us back from making a choice that is so apparent!

      Loads of thanks, as always.



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