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27 year old Nigerian lady to receive national honour from Queen Elizabeth II Friday

By Ahaoma Oji Kanu

Nigeria’s Miss Anne-Marie Osawemwemze Imafidon will on Friday be decorated by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, with the prestigious honour of Member of the Most Excellent British Empire (MBE) for her services to young women with specialty in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The eldest daughter of Prof. Chris and Ann Imafidon from Edo State whose family has been dubbed the Brainiest Family in Europe, Anne-Marie holds the record of being the youngest girl to ever pass two GCSE examinations — for Mathematics and Information Technology and A-level computing at the age of 11 in Britain.

An MBE is an award given by the Queen to an individual for outstanding service to the community or local hands on service. Due to her high exceptional brilliance, she received a British Scholarship to study Mathematics at the John Hopkins University at the age of 13 in 2003. Two years later, she commenced a degree at Oxford University after which she enrolled for her Masters degree setting another record of the youngest Masters degree holder from the Ivy league university.

Imafidon, who is a multi-linguist, speak six languages and has worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers. In 2013, she founded Stemettes, a social enterprise which inspires the next generation of women into pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an objective to break barriers women who pursue a career in the field face.

Stemettes, which grants awards to young women, have programs workshops and events designed to introduce young women to STEM careers, concepts, and role models, have attracted over 7000 young women from across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Imafidon’s rather unique achievements at a young age has stood her out as a person to watch out for by the British press; she was named on Evening Standard’s recent list of ’25 under 25s’ and a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ as well as being the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013.

Her father, Professor Chris Imafidon, known as the patriarch of Britain's brainiest family, said he received the news last year of her inclusion in the 2017 honours list with shock. “Like every parent would feel, we are still in shock. This is simply God-orchestrated. I, personally never believed that her young career would accelerate to this historic height. This is beyond belief,” he said in a chat. The Imafidon family definitely have the achievers blood running in their DNA as not only Anne-Marie dominates their achievements wall of fame.

Her sister, Christina, 24, is the youngest student to ever get accepted and study at an undergraduate institution at any British university at 11; another sister, Samantha, 17, having passed two rigorous high school-level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of six, while the twins, Peter and Paul, made British history as the youngest students to ever enter high school when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam, setting world records by passing the A/AS-level math papers.

With the Imafidon family has been setting across the world, he advised parents to change their methods of education in an obvious changing world in order to explore every child’s gifts and talents. “The same God has given every child gifts and talents. We parents must join the ExcellenceinEducatio­ n.org.uk in developing such massive potential. As stated in my forthcoming book entitled "The Genius in You", we can't use the old methodology of learning. Schools and society must wake to the re-engineered system of education that understands that there is a genius in every child and greatness in every adult. This genius is irrespective of ethnicity, gender, nationality, postcode, class or creed. So every family can equal or exceed our achievements.”

Prof Chris Imafidon who invented this accelerated academic and career development path, has tested it on people of diverse race and it produced the same or improved result and achievement as attain by his children.

He stated that some of this exceptional educative methods are including in his book, "The Genuis in you." He revealed that he will be visiting Nigeria very soon to launch the learning methodology to enable Nigerian parents learning of their winning ways while Anne-Marie will be expand Stemettes to also offer Nigeria young girls interested in pursuing a career in STEM an opportunity to realize their dreams while he “Our grandparents taught us that charity begins at home. We are very enthusiastic about Africa and must contribute our quota to the training and education of young minds. We want to launch a bigger program in Africa, particularly Nigeria and work with the corporate community, industry leaders so that we can deploy the re-engineered learning methodology of www.ExcellenceinEduc­ ation.org.uk program. We know that with these programs young Nigerians can equal or exceed our record-breaking achievement. The next generation of Africans have no choice but excel because there is a genius in everyone.”

Others Nigerians who will also be honoured this year include Prof. Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, a Professor of Nursing, who gets an OBE for her services to nursing and the Mary Seacole statue appeal, Chris Ofili, an artist who gets a CBE for his services to arts and Jeremiah Oluwatosin Ayotunde, a Cadet Colour Sergeant who gets an OBE for his services to young people and the community of London. Top ranking tennis star, Andy Murray, is among the hundreds of achievers to be honoured.


Daniel Ogunbote | 5/18/2017 11:21:00 AM
This is awesome. It represents who we are as Nigerians. I will comment by putting forward two of my poetry entries in the anthology "Green-Poetry, Thoughts, Sayings, to and for a great Nigeria, published in Lagos, 2014. 1. WHERE LIES THE GREATNESS OF NIGERIA? The greatness of Nigeria lies not in the size of the country Nor in the strength of its population Nor in the abundance of available natural resources Nor in the favourable weather condition There is no excuse for failure Even where there seems to be little or no encouragement The creativity of Nigerians becomes exceptional The quest for the top continues Hardship and sufferings of Nigerians bring out their greatness Rejection and failures fire up in us the quest for excellence, respect and success In the greatness of the citizenry lies the greatness of Nigeria Noble individuals are getting ‘there’ To the pinnacle Not always on the slippery ladder of politics But by paying the price and doing right Impacting positively on others And breaking the class walls There lies the greatness of the most populous black nation in the world The greatness of our nation lies in the tenacious, optimistic, hardworking, citizens of NIGERIA 2. I BELIEVE The potentials inherent in every Nigerian youth make me believe The perseverance demonstrated by the populace makes me believe The possibility mentality lived by majority of Nigerians inspires me to believe The passion exhibited by the people of Nigeria sustains my believe Why should I believe? What do I believe in? Who should I believe? How do I convey that I believe? I believe because I believe; I believe because it’s who we are to believe I believe because there is hope I believe in the future of Nigeria I believe in the amazing talents and brightest brains born into our nation I believe in every true and thorough Dedicated and diligent, accountable and accomplished Nigerian I adhere to the law, perform my civic responsibilities Demonstrate true patriotism, serve the fatherland What else would I have done? If not but believe and hope for a great nation! I believe in the greatness of Nigeria. #Congratulations to the Imafidon...God bless Nigeria
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Balogun Ilori | 6/3/2017 3:41:00 PM
It is amazing
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