13-Year-Old Nigerian Tech Genius Gains Admission To US Varsity

13-Year-Old Nigerian Tech Genius Gains Admission To US Varsity

Emmanuella Mayaki, a 13-year-old Nigerian, has become one of the youngest persons to be admitted into a university in the United States.

According to NAN, Mayaki was accepted into the Programme for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin University to study Computer Science in the spring.

“Dear Emmanuella, congratulations on your acceptance to the Programme for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin University! Welcome to the PEG class of 2026,” her admission letter reads.

Emmanuella scored a 91 percentile mark of 1,300 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

At the age of 11, she launched CodeKid, an ICT academy for girls in Abuja, Nigeria.

The academy was set up to train the girl-child on the basics of computer literacy from simple Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint functions to more complex skills like programming and coding.

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According to her, the decision to start up the academy was influenced by her experience with the United Kingdom after-school club experience, which she successfully duplicated in Nigeria.

Her focus is on the girl-child, who falls within the age range of 6 to 15, which includes a beginners’ class in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

She was also first offered a teaching appointment at the Southfields Primary School, Coventry, England when she was 11 years.

Mayaki was featured in CBBC’s My Life series for the International Women’s Day celebration in 2021.

That same year, she was nominated to be featured as a recipient in Microsoft’s Legacy Project Virtual Museum’s Women’s History Month Experience.

In May 2022, she was also nominated as a STEM icon by STEM Kids New York City (NYC).

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