The 13-year-old Nigerian-born Emmanuella Mayaki has set a new record as one of the youngest persons to be accepted into a University in the U.S.
Mayaki was accepted into the Programme for Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin University, U.S. to study Computer Science in the spring.
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Her letter of admission read, “Dear Emmanuella, congratulations on your acceptance to the Programme for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin University! Welcome to the PEG class of 2026.”
She scored a 91 percentile mark of 1,300 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test.
One of Mayaki’s personal accomplishments at age 11, in the year 2020, was the opening of an Information Communications Technology Academy for girls in Abuja, Nigeria.
The academy was her mission to provide sustainable empowerment for the girl child to acquire digital skills and close the gap in digital literacy, and for training and equipping youngsters in digital technology.
Emmanuella Mayaki also said the academy had a vision of securing the future of the girl-child.
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In addition, Data Science Nigeria, invited young Mayaki as a guest speaker during their Interactive Workshop for kids and teens with the theme, “How to start a future in Data Science and AI”.
Besides, in May 2022, she was also nominated as a STEM icon by STEM Kids New York City. The organisation went on to name her as their inspiration after researching social justice issues around their target audience for their app.
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Mayaki was also first offered a teaching appointment in the UK while she was aged 11 at the Southfields Primary School in Coventry, England.