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17-Year Old Nigerian accepted into 19 of the World’s Top Universities ????



17-year old Oludamilola Oluwadara Adekeye got accepted into 19 top universities, including Yale, Stanford, Columbia and the London School of Economics, CNN reports.

The Brighton College student says she has been accepted by 19 out of the 20 colleges that she applied to.

Talking to CNN, she says her passions include music and she is still a bit undecided about what she’ll study in university.

Watch below.


  1. omomo

    April 6, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    well done ……we are constantly raising the bar ….up naija

    • Author Unknown

      April 7, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Well done, yes, but WE raising the bar? What WE? Nigerians? I’m not sure why many Nigerians see individual Nigerian accomplishments abroad as a Nigerian achievement. We will raise the bar when Nigerians in Nigeria start to do big things that contribute to Nigeria itself, and I’m not talking about getting into top schools and graduating first class.

    • omomo

      April 7, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      @author unknown next time post your i too sabi on under a separate comment okay??? wharaheck?? ….Ndi “i am woke” people ..face your front..Nigerian kids i(ncluding my niece) who just got into an ivy league school have been known to really excel even when coming from a disadvantaged education system like my niece from Ibadan…so please they are raising the bar police if you don’t like it

    • Author Unknown

      April 7, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Hate to break it to you Omomo, but it appears that the intelligence gene missed you and went to your niece. Let the police know that I trespassed on property you do not own.

  2. N58

    April 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Im happy for her but is it just me or are all these stories of students applying to more than 10 universities becoming ridiculous? Are they doing it to make the news?

    • N58

      April 6, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      Because they will only attend one university at the end of the day

    • Seriously

      April 7, 2018 at 12:35 am

      I know. But at least they are making news with something productive not how to feature on 16 and pregnant.
      Congrats to this young lady.

    • FlawPunisher

      April 7, 2018 at 1:14 am

      Mr. man or woman, why don’t you try applying to just one of the 20 Ivy League colleges she applied to. I doubt your application will make it past the first round. I know for a fact that many of these top colleges receive in excess of 30,000 applications yearly. Just one person got accepted to a whopping 19 of 20 IVY League colleges, and all you can ask is why she applied to so many. Well, I’ll answer for her – BECAUSE SHE CAN! can you? You’re clearly living a very sad life. Be gone!

    • BBB

      April 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Look at it this way, Its like applying for a job, you don’t just apply to one company because that is where you really would like to work.

      You apply to various companies that offer similar role to that you want. If you get interviewed and get an offer for all of them (which is very rare), then you weigh their offers against what you want to achieve.

      Same goes for applying for a degree or an MBA or a post graduate program. You apply to various schools that fit what you want and make a choice if you get accepted to all.

      I hope this helps

    • Aare farmland

      April 7, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      It is not a bad question? The smart response could be scholarships. They may want to try various schools to see which one will give them full ride and additional benefits if they know how to negotiate. But it is just the beginning, If she knows what she wants to do in college, she may negotiate further, email some professors for unpaid research work and such. A friend of mine who is doing well in the social justice department was very brilliant, really better than the college. though she will not say she got full scholarship. she came in right to the senior housing community as a freshman, most likely picked the type of room mates she wants.

      The other side is that they are still young and may not known what they want or the type of professors they want or the type of demographics they want in a school. If you know the type of professors or demographics and confident of your potential. I think 7 schools is ok.

  3. Ope

    April 6, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    It’s not to make news. Most high schools recommend applying to multiple programs in order that you can compare the offers in terms of scholarships(book and board) and also to use it as a leverage for other schools.

    Applying to many schools is also advantageous in case you get into only one. Example is someone I know who applied to 11 Med schools and got accepted into only one!

  4. Letty

    April 7, 2018 at 1:58 am

    This is my wheelhouse..Nigerian children displaying immense intellect. Sweetheart should have applied to 50 schools and proudly displayed all her acceptance letters on CNN..for the world to see…we need news like this from immigrants here in America where the climate and Caucasians are being hostile to people of color because of the racist in chief in the whitehouse..Not dropping it like it’s hot like most ignorant teens here in America…I am ecstatic I feel like a ptoud mom..

    • Seriously

      April 8, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Unfortunately, whites are aware of the academic excellence but the application of it is where the problem lies. Nigerians are some of the highly driven group of people, but look at the problematic country.
      The respect will come when Africans, Nigerians can prove not only to have As and be ivy league graduates but govern themeelves properly, have a functional system and show they are using the same brain to lead a successful nation. Africans don’t need to travel to their countries to get decent education and healthcare.

  5. Weezy

    April 7, 2018 at 10:06 am

    @N58, its not just you. Starting to think they do it on purpose to break a record. It makes no sense whatsoever to apply to 20 schools. The media should just start ignoring these stories.

  6. chaimo

    April 7, 2018 at 10:56 am

    i am yet to see anyone write that she is not a nigerian

    • Ade

      April 7, 2018 at 11:29 am

      She doesnt sound like nigerian to me. Of nigerian origin, Yes.

    • Jeffrey gress

      April 7, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Brighton school is a private college prep high school in England at $30k per year.If you can afford that school, don’t you think that graduates should be able to get into any university in the world? And then add to that her cultural background as Nigerian which makes her extremely rare in terms of diversity

  7. Ade

    April 7, 2018 at 11:27 am

    If she is indecisive on what to study yet then what did she put on the application forms. Am i missing some key points?
    My nephew just finished aeronautic eng only to say he wants to move into finance. My advice girl is you take a gap year before obtaining a degree your aint sure about.

  8. FlawPunisher

    April 7, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Some thoughts are best kept to self. So, she decided to apply to 20 top colleges. Why not? What if she decided to apply to just one, and got turned down? Remember, she got admitted to 19 of 20. If you knew how competitive it is to get into any one of these colleges, you’d rather focus on the fact that she got admitted to a whopping 19! Besides, multiple applications is the American college way. If you don’t know, google it.

    • Ccc

      April 7, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      @flawpunisher A simple question can be answered without begin insultive. You are obviously the one living a sad life. Look at the way other people responded to N58’s question and look at your own response. Can you see the difference? Look at the way you’re just babbling all over the place like someone who doesnt have sense.
      Here is a suggestion for you, stop displaying your foolishness, go and google Ivy league and understand that all the schools she applied to are not ivy league

  9. RatherRidiculous

    April 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I agree with others who have expressed that applying to 20 schools is far too many. I mean, come on… it’s a bit ridiculous. I remember I was told (many many years ago) to three types of schools, namely: (a) ‘good matches’; (b) those that would be considered a ‘reach’; and (c) safety schools. It’s hard to imagine such a list exceeding 10, bearing in mind that prospective undergrads probably know their top picks before applying. If they don’t, they should. This can be achieved by investing more time in the sifting out process and less time on applying to dozens of schools.. It demonstrates a lack of focus. I personally would not recommend my children do so, unless of course, they are trying to make the news…. *ahem

  10. nnenne

    April 8, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Congratulations, gurl!
    You sure did it!

  11. Sarah

    April 8, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Congrats to Dami and Family!

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