- Jude Okonkwo, a 17-year-old Nigerian boy whose family emigrated from Nigeria has stunned the world
- The teenage boy dreams of becoming of a neurosurgeon
Following the news of Olawunmi Akinlemibola, an 18-year-old Nigerian girl who got admitted into fourteen Ivy league schools, Jude Okonkwo, another Nigerian teenager has broken the record.
The 17-year-old teenager who lives in Dix Hills wants to be a neurosurgeon. His family moved from Nigeria to New Orleans before settling down to LI.
Okonkwo, the Chaminade High School senior has been accepted to eight Ivy league schools making him one of the very few students who have achieved this feat.
The young man is now being saddled with the responsibility of making his choice from all the schools. He got admitted into the following schools:
1. Columbia University
2. Cornell University
3. Harvard University
4. Princeton University
5. Dartmouth College
6. Brown University
7. Yale University
8. University of Pennsylvania
“I’m so grateful that, after all of the work I’ve put in, I’m able to reap the benefits as well — and that all those who have helped and watched me see that hard work has truly paid off,”
The brilliant Nigerian teenager is on a mission to set a good example for his younger ones. His parents are physicians; the young man is looking for schools with strong science and medical programs. Okonwo’s grade point is 98.9.
The Nigerian teenager also got accepted into Howard University in Washington, D.C, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, University of Missouri, Washington University in St Louis among others.
NAIJ.com gathered that Okonkwo is leaning towards Harvard even though he received a full scholarship to Wayne State and generous financial aid packages from other schools. These would be considered in his final decision.
Daniel Petruccio, the assistance principal of guidance who has been working in the school since 1999, said it would be the first time a Chaminade student has swept the Ivy acceptances.
“It was more of an ‘Oh, shucks’ moment than a boastful moment when he got accepted. He’s a very unassuming person — you almost had to pry the fact that he got into all eight Ivies out of him,” Petruccio said.
Okonkwo has a life outside academics as he plays the piano and clarinet. He has been a member of the children’s choir at St Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Dix Hills for a decade. He also worked as a lifeguard at the Town of Huntington pool.
Petruccio said the young man’s ability to bond and interact with people in the community is a proof that he is ready to pursue health care.
Watch the NAIJ.com video below to see what this lady is up to in Abuja, she is a mechanic: