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Celebrating Our Own! Another Nigerian & a Somali get Accepted into All 8 Ivy League Universities



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Munira Khalif

Nigerians, and indeed Africans, abroad are really doing us proud. Recently, BellaNaija featured a story on Nigerian High School Senior, Harold Ekeh, who got admitted into all 8 Ivy League schools.

While we are still celebrating Ekeh’s feat, we are learning of another Nigerian wonder, Victor Agbafe, and Somali marvel, Munira Khalif,  who also got admitted into all eight Ivy League schools.

One thing we are sure of, is that these young achievers, have very serious decisions to make. In fact, they do not even know which of the schools they are going to pick yet!

Agbafe, a Nigerian High School Senior of Cape Fear Academy, North Carolina, got accepted into 14 schools in all – including all eight Ivies. The 17 year old aspires to become a neurosurgeon and is strongly considering Havard, Yale, and Stanford, Daily Mail reports.

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Victor Agbafe

Just before he played a game for his school’s basketball team, he learned that Harvard had made a decision about his application – but he waited until the game was over to find out what the decision was. “I owed it my teammates to be focused there…I didn’t want to get too low on myself if I didn’t get in. I also didn’t want to get too high if I was accepted,” he said.

Africans Accepted Ivy League - BellaNaija - April 2015002A report by Business Insider, states that Agbafe credits his achievements to having a strong support system in both his family and his community. “It wasn’t about that I did this, it was a positive thing for my family, my school, my community,” he said.

To fellow high school students who wish to achieve the same feat, he says: “Life is a roller coaster ride, and if you keep trudging forward and put forth your best effort, things are going to end up the way they should. Always stay positive, stay focused, stay humble, stay hungry — those are the keys to success.”

Victor has also been part of North Carolina’s Youth and Government program, where he was chosen as Speaker of the House.

He plans to make a final decision by May 1st – after visiting as many campuses as possible.

Munira Khalif, the daughter of  Somalian Immigrants, is an 18-year-old Senior from Mounds Park Academy, Minnesota.

Speaking on being admitted into all 8 Ivy League schools, she calls it “a humbling experience” – as she is still in a “state of disbelief.” She sees the opportunities she has received being an immigrant in the United States as an opportunity for her to give back.

Africans Accepted Ivy League - BellaNaija - April 2015004Clearly, she is already doing that. Besides getting top grades, Khalif has immersed herself in other extra-curricular activities, particularly those aimed at improving education across the world.

She was one of nine young people in the world to receive the UN Special Envoy for Global Education’s Youth Courage Award for her education activism, which she started when she was just 13.

She launched a non-profit group, Lighting the Way, to make education more accessible for East African youth, especially girls, through scholarships, libraries and improving sanitation issues. She was also appointed as A World at School Global Youth Ambassador to promote universal education.

Khalif, who plans to study political science at college, is yet to decide which one of the schools she would like to attend, as she still plans on visiting a few more campuses before she making her final decision.

She also received offers from Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Minnesota in addition to the Ivy League schools.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail/Twitter/Facebook/Mounds Park Academy.


BellaNaija wishes these young achievers the best in all their endeavours!


  1. Anon

    April 13, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Well done.

  2. lola

    April 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Wow!Am so happy for them.

  3. Wuuuu

    April 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    You people have started again o. Famzing success you didn’t invest in again. What mediocrity! This guy, like Ekeh is of Nigerian decent. That doesn’t make him a Nigerian. We are yet to have a society that encourages intellectual development, like the society of these geniuses. The educational sector has been neglected for so long.
    These guys are into research and expressing their passions, in the US. Can the Nigerian educational sector and society make such passions thrive?
    I am very happy for these guys, but Please and please, let’s stop taking glory for people our country doesn’t have an input in, in terms of the success story. I will be very glad when I see a Nigerian, born and bred, making such headlines. But till then, stop already!

    • TA

      April 13, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      @ Wuuu, just thought to let you know that Harold Ekeh was born and raised in Nigeria till he was 8 before his family moved to the US.

    • Seriously

      April 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      The point here is, he did his education including high school here in the U.S. Nigerian education system has failed. U. S gave him opportunity to have such achievement.

      Nigerians praise academic achievement which is good to acknowledge effort. However, it’s not used to advance others and the country. So many people walking around in Nigeria using their degrees to oppress yet the country is in a bad shape. Jonathan, has PhD , Ngozi Iweala Harvard graduate yet the country looks like it’s run by bunch of illiterates. And, illiterates might actually do better bcos clearly book brain doesn’t translate into common sense and succeeding as a people and nation.

    • gia

      April 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      TA,you don’t have to be einstein to understand that his success is MAINLY due to his studies in the us….

    • Babym

      April 13, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Abeg chill out jare, why shouldnt we famz and claim. If the headline was nigerian living in America for 20 years kills wife, shebi he would still be classed as a nigerian and ppl will be saying ‘oh these nigerians thats how they are’ nobody will remeber he is probably american o. Now that we are hearing good news about OUR own u r now saying we shld not take credit maka why now? My friend abeg vamoose!

    • olu

      April 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      They were born in Nigeria (by Nigerian parents) so they ARE Nigerians.
      Do you have a problem with it when the the west is quick to label some people Nigerians when a crime has been commited?
      Why you come dey vex now?

    • Sisi

      April 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      ….And what is your point exactly?

    • nnenne

      April 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Also America did discriminate against them because of their race. Eke got there at the age of Eight. They did not ask for his state of origin. He got the same education as the rest.

    • Ogo

      April 14, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Thank you so much! Show us a Nigerian who went to schoo in Nigeria and got into all these top schools and let us clap. When the young man was talking about his community, I doubt he had Nigeria in Mind.

  4. Tessa Doghor

    April 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    She knows the name of the game
    see the Chinese girl at her side, she must have taken the words out of her mouth
    wonderful performance
    I am proud of her.

  5. emmy

    April 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations, my children would be next in jesus name.

  6. chifire

    April 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Yes oh, my kids re next.

  7. EllesarisEllendil

    April 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Its not just to gain admission, its to finish well. Let’s start hearing “Nigerian finishes Number 1 at Harvard etc, invents a cure for cancer etc, wins the Nobel prize………………..not just admission”.

  8. jcsgrl

    April 13, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Chei all this small shildren with big brains dar is God o! jcsgrl see small pickin you fit born getting admission to eight (asato) universities and you are here staring like mumu at project wey dey in front of you. Issorait…
    Meanwhile, who is paying for dem big bucks tuition though? I hope they get some scholarships because student loans are overated. I will never advise anyone to get them for undergraduate study. Good luck to them and Congrats!

  9. ellia

    April 14, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I am disappointed in hearing all these negative effects about such bright students with potential. We Nigerians should be more supportive of one another. They may not have “been bred in Nigeria” or “won the Nobel Prize for curing cancer”, but that does not dilute their successes! These Ivy league schools are extremely competitive and difficult to enter, and these students have worked hard to be where they are. I wish them all the best of luck!

  10. Kevin Mosley

    April 14, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Victor was not born in Nigeria. He is all American.He was born here in the States. His parents are Nigerians. We are very happy and proud of the Nigerian lineage.

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