These are the people your Nigerian parents used to compare you to in class, the ones that had two heads:

Remember the Ades and Nkechis in your class that always came 1st while you came 21st?  Here are 10 of them.

1. Samuel Achilefu

While some of you were fighting on Twitter, he invented infrared goggles which enable surgeons to see cancer cells.

2. Joan Obasi

And while Nigerian men and women were arguing over pounded yam, she  became the youngest female pilot in Nigeria.

3. Laolu Senbanjo

During your amebo moment, Laolu created body paint for Beyonce and her dancers in her Lemonade album.

4. Abdul-Azeez Adeniji

While you were pressing your phone, this SS3 boy started his ICAN exams and graduated with a 1st class degree at 20.

5. Zuriel Oduwole

And while you were clapping back up and down,  she was interviewing Heads of State and was the first 10-year-old to feature in Forbes Magazine.

6. Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie

While some of you were bashing feminists, she did a verse on Mummy Beyonce’s song, Flawless, and slayed the whole world when she bagged an honorary degree from John Hopkins University.

7. Mayowa Nicholas

While you were chooking your mouth in another person’s business, Mayowa Nicholas killed the runway and was the first Nigerian to ever feature in a D&G campaign.

8. Ifesinachi Nelson Ezeh

When Nigerians were fighting over who belongs in the kitchen, Kelechi worked his ass off during his M.Sc in Agronomy and became the first African to graduate with a 5.0 GPA in Russia.

9. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna

While people were hating on private universities, Augusta came top of her class and got admitted into 8 Ivy League universities in America.

10. Ola Orekunrin

While some people were insulting people’s parents over Island VS Mainland, Ola made the Forbes List after becoming UK’s youngest doctor in 2007 and creating West Africa’s first air ambulance.


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