*British-Nigerian Discovers New Maths Formula, Becomes a Scholar
*Another Grabs Admission into 15 Universities *Including Harvard, Yale and Stanford
Twelve year-old British-Nigerian young star, Chika Ofili has emerged as one of the world’s youngest Mathematics scholars. This is coming after discovering a new mathematical formula.
Born in London, the United Kingdom to a Nigerian parent, Chika, who attends Westminster Under School in London, made the discovery that swiftly solves several division problems while completing a homework assignment given to him by his teacher, Mary Ellis. She gave him a book called “First Steps for Problem Solvers” while on break.
“The book contained several division problems that required him to determine if various numbers are divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 before completing the full problem. But his math book didn’t contain a memorable test for dividing by 7.
In his desire to solve the division challenges, Chika created a new method that takes the last digit of any whole number, multiply it by 5, then add this to the remaining part of the number to get a new number. He discovered that divided by 7, the new number is divisible by 7, then the original number is also divisible by 7.
The method was backed with algebraic proof, and it has successfully changed the way math is understood all around the world.
For the groundbreaking discovery in mathematics brought him global recognition including United Kingdom’s TruLittle Hero Awards as a scholar.
In another development, a Nigerian American student, Rotimi Kukoyi, has been accepted into top universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and John Hopkins, following a sterling performance that also earned him a $2m scholarship offer.
Kukoyi, who was a high school freshman at the time, 2018, was one of the gifted students selected to appear on the “Jeopardy” Teen Tournament. Thus overwhelmed with admission offers, he was left with having to choose from the lot but ended up opting for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to pursue a career in public health where he was got school’s prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the oldest merit scholarship program in the US.
While at it, the young lad became an outstanding academic, the first Black National Merit Scholar at his high school in Hoover, Alabama whose inspiration came from his appearance on the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament back in 2018 when he was a freshman.
“It was (a) really fun experience but also put me in contact with some pretty cool students from across the country,” Kukoyi said on “Good Morning America.” “A lot of them are older and they’re like seniors or juniors that applied to many prestigious schools (and) a lot of them are attending prestigious universities now. So that was kind of my original inspiration to apply to those universities.” he told ABC News.
Kukoyi explains that he was inspired to study public health by COVID-19 adding that he wants to evoke changes on both small-scale and large-scale levels.
“COVID really sparked (my interest in public health) because that was the first time that I really saw how clear the health inequities were,” Kukoyi told ABC news. “African Americans had a much higher chance of dying from COVID than white Americans … it was almost like two separate pandemics were impacting our nation, and we saw (some people) marginalized and impacted way more.
“I want my legacy to be one that’s focused on impacting other people. I suppose a lot of people in the pursuit of their own goals can kind of forget what it’s all about.”