Nigerian Wonder-kid gets Scholarship Offers Worth more than 5 million dollars
Updated: May 16
Victory Yinka-Banjo has made waves for getting scholarship offers from some of the best universities across the US and Canada. She will be able to pick an undergraduate study program from options that are worth more than 5 million dollars combined.
American schools courting the young Nigerian include prestigious names like Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Virginia.
In Canada, she has had offers from the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia.
Victory, whose parents are a senior university lecturer and a procurement and supply chain executive, is excited by the offers, because, according to her, the schools only accept the best of the best.
Sterling academic record
Victory first got a taste of fame when she had all-As in her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). But less publicized was her recognition as ‘Top in the World’ in English as a second language by University of Cambridge IGCSE exam, in which she scored A* in all the subjects she sat for. She was a senior prefect in her high school.
Victory revealed the secret behind her remarkably consistent success and it is a combination of hard work, faith, parental guidance and discipline. "They [her achievements] have made me truly feel proud about the hard work I have put into several areas of my life over the years. I am slowly beginning to realize that I deserve them."
What is next for Victory?
While she is still basking in the joy of her enviable victories, Victory is carefully considering her future. She hopes to study Computational Biology. She is weighing the best fit for her among all her options. "I am still doing research on some schools that are at the top of my list, like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and just trying to compare and contrast all of them thoroughly," she told CNN.
However, Victory continues to be an inspiration to other young Nigerians. According to her mother, "It is noteworthy that she is not one of the Nigerian-Americans who often get into these schools because of their advantage of being born and bred in the US. She completed her secondary school here [in Nigeria]. It would be great if her story can be used to inspire the youths of our country."
Go on and shine, Victory. We here at Afreekha Report are proud of you and rooting for you.