Young, Black, and Gifted
(All Currently Living)
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- A 7 year old who speaks multiple languages and plays multiple musical instruments
- The youngest person to ever create a full-version mobile video game app
- A young triple major
- A chess prodigy who made history as being the youngest Black chess master
- A 22 year old Nigerian making history at Johns Hopkins University
The Under 10 Club
Mabou Loiseau (7) – A child prodigy who, speaks seven languages – English, French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian. She also plays six instruments – the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano. If that wasn’t enough, little Mabou ice skates, swims, tap dances and takes ballet. I don’t know how she does it, but she is doing it, and doing it well! Find out more about this lil’ prodigy on her website.
Zora Ball (7) – The youngest person to create a full-version mobile video game app. She developed the game using programming language Bootstrap, which is usually taught to students between the ages of 12 and 16, to help them learn concepts of algebra via video game development.
Thessalonika Arzu-Embry (14) – She was home-schooled until she was 8 years old. At 11, after receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma through her home schooling, she passed an entrance exam to attend College of Lake County and enrolled to study psychology. The impressive teen has received numerous awards and certificates, is a member of her school’s honor college, and served as a student senator. After completing classes at College of Lake County, she went on to attend Chicago State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree with a 3.9 GPA in 2013.
Joshua Colas (15) – He became the youngest black chess master in history on December 16, 2010, at just 12 years old. This trail-blazing teen has been racking up national championship awards since he took up the game at the tender age of 7. In his young chess career, Joshua has won six national championships and has been named to the All-American Scholastic Chess Team every year since 2009. Joshua Colas qualified to represent Team USA at the World Youth Chess Championships in Greece (2010), Brazil (2011), Slovenia (2012), and United Arab Emirates (2013).
Teens Who Made it to the World’s 50 Smartest Teens List
Kelvin Doe (17) – He is a self-taught, engineering genius from Sierra Leone. At the age of 10, he started scavenging for scrap electronics parts from dump sites after school which he then created batteries and generators using these materials. At the age of 13, he built his own radio station in Sierra Leone, where he plays music and broadcasts the news under the name, DJ Focus. Then at the age of 16, he became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT.
Saheela Ibraheem (16) – At just 15 years old, Saheela was accepted to Harvard University (the school she chose), making her one of the youngest people to attend the school. She was also accepted at 12 other colleges, including MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. She has a SAT score of 2,340 SAT (a perfect 800 on the math section, a 790 in writing and a 750 in reading). In addition to her academics, she plays softball, soccer, and the trombone; she also sings in the school choir and serves as president of the school’s investment club.
Stephen R. Stafford II (16) – He is currently a triple major at Morehouse College in pre-med, mathematics and computer science. He began his college career at just 11 years old, after his mother could no longer keep up with his learning potential while homeschooling him. Even at age 11 when Stafford started at Morehouse, he got the highest score in his pre-calculus class. “He breezes through whatever I throw at him. If it’s an hour lab, he can do it in 20 or 30 minutes,” said one of his Morehouse professors.
Mr. Just Made History
Every year, thousands of young Nigerians travel to the United States to study. While many do well, only a few graduate top of their university class. Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, 22, is one of those select few. However, his story doesn’t stop there. Not only did he graduate top of his class at Johns Hopkins University last year, he made history by becoming the first Black man to do so in the university’s history. Ohuabunwa who hails from Abia State, has been able to make the nation proud and with his efforts has won himself a scholarship to Yale University to get a degree in Medicine. (Atlanta Black Star)