Olawunmi, Ifeoma and More: Nigerian Students Accepted into Ivy League Schools

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It is admission season again and Nigerian students abroad continue to make the country proud by getting accepted into Ivy League Schools.

Last year, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna got accepted to all the 8 Ivy League Schools she applied to, and now, in 2017, a record 3 Nigerian students are making raves after their letters arrived.

And so, from Augusta to Olawunmi, check out the list of Nigerians who continue to make the country proud abroad.

1. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna

In May 2016, Nigeria-born teenager, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, received acceptance letters from all the 8 Ivy League Schools out of all the 12 schools she applied to.

Augusta was initially unsure of which school she would go to. She visited the 12 schools and described the experience as ‘exciting and surreal’.

Finally, the young Nigerian chose to go to Harvard. During her speech at her school, Augusta said making that decision was difficult, but she did it with an ‘open mind’ and is happy that the school has strong Nigerian presence.

2. Ifeoma White-Thorpe

Ifeoma White-Thorpe

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Last week, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, a senior at New Jersey’s Morris Hills High School, received acceptance letters from all the 8 Ivy League Schools which she applied to as well as a letter from Stanford.

I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness!” said the excited student who is born to Nigerian parents.

Ifeoma initially wanted to go to Harvard, but like it was for Augusta, the numerous letter left her spoiled for choice. However, the young student says she would study biology when she eventually makes that choice. She intends to pursue a career in public health.

3. Jude Okonkwo

Yesterday, news surfaced that yet another Nigerian student, Jude Okonkwo, a Chaminade High School senior, has received acceptance letters into all the 8 Ivy League schools.

It’s a tremendous honor to gain acceptance to all eight Ivy League schools. It’s something I never could have imagined. Tragedies occur in everyday life, and I want to be someone who can help a person and their family heal in their times of need,” says the boy born to Nigerian parents.

Jude Okonkwo wishes to pursue a degree in medicine, a dream that started following his family’s experience during  Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans. Okonkwo was only 6 when this tragedy hit that southern region.

Hospitals were severely impacted by the storm while so many people needed so much help. It motivated me to serve as a summer lifeguard for the disabled after we moved to New York. My parents enrolled me in swimming lessons after seeing the powerful flood waters Katrina brought ashore, and I realized I could use swimming to help people. My Chaminade experience has offered me opportunities in leadership that were integral in preparation for college and the entry process. Most importantly, the Catholic formation I received here allowed me the chance to grow in to a complete man, and grow closer to God,” said the young student.

4. Olawunmi Akinlemibola

Olawunmi Akinlemibola, a senior at DuVal High School in Lanham, Maryland, joined the list of brilliant Nigerian students accepted to Ivy League Schools including Harvard and Princeton, out of the 14 colleges she got letters from.

The 18-year-old who got a 4.15 GPA lives with her father in the US, while her mother and two other sisters live in Nigeria.

Even though she’s not here physically, she takes care of me. Emotionally, she provides a lot of support,” said Olawunmi who wishes to study Biology. “They’ve just gone through so much, and it’s like, this is like the least I can do, is do well in school.”

We are so proud of them!

Ada Okoye

Mother. Writer. Lover. King.

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