Ten-Year-Old Math Genius Pursuing College Degree

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Photo Credit: morguefile.com

Esther Okade is making history in the UK, according to thegrio.com.

Just 10 years old, Esther is the country’s youngest college freshman, intent on pursuing a math degree. She is attending Open University, and is already showcasing top scores on her exams.

“It’s so interesting. It has the type of maths I love. It’s real maths — theories, complex numbers, all that type of stuff,” Esther said of the distance-learning program she’s enrolled in. “It was super easy. My mum taught me in a nice way.”

She said that she’s been itching to enroll in college since she was even younger–7 years old! Her mother, Efe Okade, wasn’t in as much of a hurry.

“I actually wanted to start when I was seven. But my mum was like, ‘you’re too young, calm down,’” Esther said.

Efe began homeschooling her daughter after she returned from her private school one day in tears.

“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 explained.

Esther has some big plans for her teen years.

“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 said.

Genius clearly runs in the family. Esther’s 6-year-old brother, Isaiah, will be taking his first A-level exam over the summer.

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