Nigerian high school graduates in the States continue to make us proud as they break records, not just in sports or interests, but also in academia. Step forward Elmont Memorial High School valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has until May 1st to decide if she’ll attend an Ivy League school or head to another school.
“It’s very surreal,” said Augusta, 17. “It was my dream to get into one of the schools. To get into all eight of them is crazy.”
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants hit the Ivy jackpot, accepted to Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.
She was also accepted to Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University.
Augusta said she has already seen some of the schools in person and hopes to visit more soon.
“I want to see all of them this month,” Augusta said. “Then I can make my decision.”
Another Nigerian Ivy League Success – Harold Ekeh
This is the second straight an Elmont senior was accepted to all eight Ivies, with Elmont grad Harold Ekeh, who graduated in 2015 ultimately selecting Yale.
Born in Nigeria, Harold and his parents moved to the US when he was eight.
He is now a straight A student, with an SAT score of 2270, at Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, New York, where he has served as editor-in-chief of his student newspaper and chief executive of the Model United Nations.
His success, he explains, is down to the submission essay, in which he described his family’s struggle to fit in after emigrating to America.
It was the resilience of his parents, former Target clerks Paul and Roseline Ekeh, that gave him the drive to achieve the best.
Yet Another Nigerian Ivy League Success – Victor Agbafe
And in 2015, Ekeh was not the only student who did Nigerians proud. Victor Agbafe, yet another African who was admitted to all 14 colleges he applied to this year — including all eight Ivy League universities. He is now a Harvard undergraduate and continues to soar.
We are excellent; a breed apart; a joy and a praise. Viva Naija!
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