The brilliance of a 17-year old Nigerian girl named, Victory Yinka-Banjo, who graduated high school in Nigeria has earned her a record of 19 scholarships estimated to cost $5million from top schools in the United States and Canada.
The kid, born to Nigerian parents was offered scholarships from top Ivy League schools such Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College, and Brown University with other schools including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia among others.
Responding to this achievement, Victory told reporters that the numerous admissions and scholarships made her proud of her efforts in studying. “They have made me truly feel proud about the hard work I have put into several areas of my life over the years. I am slowly beginning to realize that I deserve them,” she said, adding that, “they have made me stand taller, smile wider, and pat myself on the back more often.”
Her mother, who is proud of her achievement stated that her show of brilliance and the end rewards could motivate other young Nigerian kids to follow suit. She considered and stressed on the fact that the young girl actually schooled in Nigeria as the main trigger for motivation.
“It is noteworthy that she is not one of the Nigerian-Americans who often get into these schools because of their advantage of being born and bred in the US. She completed her secondary school here [in Nigeria]. It would be great if her story can be used to inspire the youths of our country,” her mum said.
To many who know the young genius, her academic prowess is not news; Victory was once in the headlines after brilliantly scoring grade A in all six subjects during the Cambridge IGCSE exam. She was rated as the “Top in the World” in English by the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE).