Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has shown that Nigerians will continue to excel at home or even abroad. She was accepted into all 8 Ivy League universities in America.
The 17 year old senior of Elmont High School, Long Island, New York will have taken 13 advanced courses when she graduates.
The Ivy League schools include: Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.
She was also offered admission by 4 other universities: John Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
She credits her accomplishments to her supportive parents who made sure she appreciated the importance of education and the dedicated teachers of Elmont High School.
She believes her resilience and hard-work also helped her achieve some of her goals. Although she wasn’t born in Nigeria, her visits to the country have inspired her to be of positive impact to Nigeria.
Although she hasn’t decided on a school, Augusta wants to study a science related course and is very interested in research.
The 17 year old upon discovering her school lacked the hi-tech equipment required for her research, went on to apply for an internship in Columbia University so she could continue.
However, she isn’t the first African to achieve this feat.