Nigerian Genius You Must Know

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Phillip Emeagwali

Born in Onitsha, Nigeria and a roommate to Chike Obi, the  first Nigerian to receive a Phd in Mathematics. When he was 17, Emeagwali scored in the 99 percentile on the American SAT exam. This won him a scholarship to Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, where he majored in math. Today, much of the academic and computer world is amazed by some of the discoveries of this young “Nigerian genius.” In February of 1989, he the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for programming supercomputers to work faster than ever before and for helping to solve one of the nation’s toughest oil recovery problems.

Ufot Ekong

Ufot Ekong is the Nigerian student who solved a thirty year old equation and graduated with the best grades in a Japanese University in 50 years. Mr Ekong also speaks English, French, Japanese and Yoruba and won a Japanese language award for foreigners. He is currently working for Nissan and already has two patents for electronic car design to his name.

Peter and Paula Imafidon

Twins from Edo Nigeria, who live in London. They astounded veteran experts of academia when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam. That’s on top of the fact they have set world records when they passed the A/AS-level math papers. They have consistently passed the A/AS-level mathematics more than any other person.

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Victor Olalusi

Dr Victor Olalusi graduated from a Russian University with a CGPA of 5.0, the best in the entire Russian Federation. A citation on Olalusi also said he was the best graduating student at Aquinas College, Akure, Ondo State where he obtained distinctions in all the subjects he offered in the 2004 West African School Certificate Examination. He enrolled in a pre-degree programme of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State later in 2004 where he also came out as the best pre-degree student with a score of 80 per cent. The citation said further that in June 2006, he took the Universities Matriculation Examination (UME) to study Medicine and Surgery, scoring 321 points out of 400 points to emerge the best Science student in Nigeria. In his post UME examination, he scored 326 points out of 400 points, the highest in the Department of Medicine of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in 2006.


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