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Be Inspired! 17-Year Old Ghanaian-American accepted into 8 Ivy League Universities



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Go Africa! BN is so excited to share this news.

Kwasi Enin, a 17-year old Ghanaian-American has been accepted into not 2, not 4, but 8 ivy league colleges and universities in America. They include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth and Columbia.

Kwasi is a senior at William Floyd High School, and is son of immigrant nurses from Ghana. “By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one”, he said to NY Daily News

He plans to join his parents who are in the medical field. “I’m thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist. A doctor is a community leader, a protector, someone who people turn to…when they need help” he concluded.

It will interest you to know that the acceptance rate for upcoming freshmen into these schools ranges from 5.9% (Harvard) to 14% (Cornell).

Kwasi has a few months to decide which of the 8 schools he will chose to enroll in.

It is truly an inspiring story. Congratulations Kwasi
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Kwasi with his Parents & Sister – Ebenezer, Doreen & Adwoa

Photo Credit: New York Daily News


  1. Cocobutter

    April 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Wow I love stories like this…. Congratulations Kwasi, well done :-). BN can we have more stories like this.

  2. Yours Truly

    April 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I’m inspired!!!!!

  3. ammagh

    April 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Wow great news.May God guide u in choosing da best one for u. Be blessed in ur endeavors.

  4. bammyD

    April 1, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Harvard! Rule them all. Go for Harvard.

    • Warri Babe

      April 2, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Harvard for UG? hmmn not really;Columbia or Yale would be okay..if years from now he’s interested in Graduate studies, then Harvard. Harvard’s teaching methodologies will make the school pass through him more than the other way round and might end up having a void in his ‘social life’. #experience #my opinion

  5. sedt

    April 2, 2014 at 12:02 am

    lmao bella naija oo columbia not columbus


    April 2, 2014 at 12:02 am

    really inspiring…

  7. sedt

    April 2, 2014 at 12:03 am

    WELL DONE KWASI!!!! Make your parents proud! May God bless you

  8. TA

    April 2, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Nice! I hope he will choose Princeton. Nice community, no I didn’t go to school there but a friend did. And I loved visiting…:-)

  9. mujer

    April 2, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Great news. But quite a few African kids are in this boat. My friend’s daughter had the same outcome two years ago. It is not novelty but is indeed quite a feat nonetheless.

    • Emirates

      April 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Jealousy. Just appreciate haba. He’s the only person to receive 8 acceptances at a go

    • Emirates

      April 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      In fact there are only 8 Ivy League Schools and he got accepted in ALL!!! Now equal that

  10. Alexander Mccathy

    April 2, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Inspiring ,wow,would definitely be proud of him !!!!!

  11. Alexander Mccathy

    April 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

    wow,would definitely be proud of him !!!!!

  12. Mississipi

    April 2, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Best Story BN has carried since 2014

  13. Superfly

    April 2, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Just saw the stories in abc news too.congratulations to him.BN this is good i hope this encourage other africans too.

  14. The almost Dr.

    April 2, 2014 at 1:20 am

    BN..its Columbia not Columbus…

  15. girly

    April 2, 2014 at 1:35 am

    how does one make a choice from all these options? I won’t be able to sleep if it was me.

  16. Honey

    April 2, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Thanks Bella,I was just about emailing this story to u. The inspiration and motivation our youth needs today

  17. meme

    April 2, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Have to show my 16yr old brother this.. beauty and brains!

  18. doll

    April 2, 2014 at 2:15 am


  19. Wale

    April 2, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I saw this on Cbsnews this evening. Way to go Kwesi! Well spoken dude too.

  20. Lara

    April 2, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Errr….it’s Columbia not Columbus.

  21. missNk

    April 2, 2014 at 3:11 am

    wow!! Congratulations Kwasi. Soo inspiring, may God continue to be with you

  22. JT

    April 2, 2014 at 3:11 am

    You go Boy!!!!

  23. Oyinlola

    April 2, 2014 at 3:29 am


  24. MLB

    April 2, 2014 at 7:05 am


  25. bimbo

    April 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I am really inspired!

  26. NYK

    April 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

    We also need to learn what he did or what his parents did
    Please share

  27. NYK

    April 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

    We also need to learn what he did or what his parents did
    Please share

  28. Alero Mii

    April 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Congrats Kwesi

  29. Stephanie

    April 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

    WOW!!! Must be extremely smart! Congrats to him!!

  30. Babyoku

    April 2, 2014 at 10:03 am


  31. chizzy

    April 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Congrats Kwesi,well done

  32. Kiki

    April 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Very inspiring

  33. me

    April 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Congratulations Kwasi, you are an inspiration to your generation.

  34. wendy

    April 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm


  35. FunnyChick

    April 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    He said he wants to be close to home, so that was part of his decision making among other things, New Haven to Long Island is not that far, at least every other weekend he can go home to go eat mommy’s jollof.

    Eating well helps withyour studies you know.

    having that Ghanaian mom, i bet you she herself will cook every weekend and put it in basket to go give him (thats how Ghanaian moms are)., all his aristrocratic oyinbo room mates will be enjoying jollof rice.

    I would have prefrered Havard for him too but i think for Neurosurgery Yale is good. Boston is too far sha.

    I am so proud of him, i wanna hug him.

    Lord abeg me too when i have a son someday, May he be this smart and intelligent to get into all 8.

  36. Chi

    April 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Congrats young man! You are a true inspiration to youngsters like you. I have to show this to my teenagers who are starting WAEC this week. Way to go!

  37. Uche

    April 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Congrats! there IS good news out there 🙂

  38. WhatIsYourOwn

    April 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Abeg, if dis one no inspire our youths, biko, make you tell me which one go inspire them…Me sef get inspired jare….Good Boy..ezigbo nwata. na-eme ka ndi Afrika mpako

  39. Ayo

    April 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Wow congrasts, am so happy and proud!!!

  40. Fumz

    April 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Columbia! I attended CU.. For grad school though… It’s too amazing! He should the one that gives him the most money because school will cost him nothing less than almost Seventy thousand dollars a year thats $70,000. He better sit down with his parents, weigh his options and weigh who his giving him the most money….. sheeeh.. Nonetheless Congrats and welcome to the Ivy life!

  41. Nonye Ezerounye

    April 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    No , not columbia, this seems like a well sheltered long island surburbia raised young man, I dont think he is read for the hussle and buzz of the big city like Columbia. I think the Yale he is leaning to is fine and from the video interview i watched of him, I think he (and his parents) has already visited all 8 schools in the past year as he was preparing. I think all parents should do that if they can.

    For my MBA I applied to 10 grads schools got into to 7, out of the 7, 5 gave me full scholarships, the remaining 2 were Ivy Leagues and did not give me a penny (except waive my application fee) but told me 80k loans are available.

    It was a hard decision to pass on an ivy league, but i did and went with the ones giving me money, graduated with zero debt and same starting 6 figure pay as my ivy league counterparts althought it took me 4 months longer to land that job cos the ONLY difference with ivy leagues is they have a stronger alumni (dont let anyone tell you they are any smarter than other top 10 or top 20 b schools – We all do the same case studies.

    One of the things that helped my decision making was actually visiting all schools and sitting in a class – it was all expensive – but i did it over course of 2 yrs and it was worth it. The eagerness to visit the schools meet the professors coupled with essays and GMAT i must say prompted with each school decision to give me money. I was highly enthusiastic every where i visited and networked a lot.


    • Omolola

      April 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Dear Nonye, I am interested in schools that give full or partial scholarships for MBA. I am planning for my MBA and I must say, the school fees is just a concern to me right now. Pls list some of these schools, thanks

    • Fumz

      April 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      My message is the same as yours.. I’m just excited to be an alumni of CU.

    • Willow

      May 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      I support him too.
      This kid’s really smart.

  42. Life goes on

    April 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    me too nonye I need that info ASAP

  43. Bella

    April 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Now this great news BN. lovely and warming to my heart, this is what we should be celebrating and aspiring to as young people. Thank you and congratulations boy! you done Africa proud!

  44. Bella

    April 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Now this great news BN. lovely and warming to my heart, this is what we should be celebrating and aspiring to as young people. Thank you and congratulations boy! you done Africa proud!

  45. That's Mine Kids Labels

    April 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations Kwasi! It’s great to see the young ones excel.

  46. Moi.

    April 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Talking about rich parents who lays good foundation for their wards.
    Now,you cant compare him to I who went to the public secondary school in my little town(delta state).

  47. Summer

    April 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    @ Moi, I agree you cannot compare …. but you cannot just say it was just because his parents are rich.
    1. The boy is obviously smart.
    2. I know kids from poor homes that tried very hard to get very good grades so that they can attend Ivy league schools on scholarships.

    So it all depends on your ability to motivate yourself because there are so many kids out there that their ‘rich’ parents laid good foundations for them and they still ended up fooling around.

    The main gist is ” make up your mind of where you want to be, work hard towards it and fight against the odds “

  48. Willow

    May 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Congrats Enin
    Way to go, Great colleges choices there
    Yale is a great choice!

  49. Willow

    May 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Hope you do well.
    Yale is a great school.

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