• Esther is a British Nigerian that crossed several milestones at a very young age
  • She has written and is still writing maths books for young kids.
  • She dreams of opening a bank.



Every regular six-year-old will prefer to play in the dirt, play with toys or watch cartoon shows but that was not the case for Esther Okade who at six years was already taking her maths GCSE.



Esther is a British Nigerian who lives in Walsall, in the West Midlands with her family. She wrote her first Math GSCE at six and received a C-grade. A year later, she outdid herself and got the A-grade she wanted. In 2014, she wrote the Math A-level exam and got a B grade.



In 2015, at the age of 10, she enrolled at Open University for a maths course and began getting straight A’s as one of the youngest undergraduate students in the country. Three weeks after enrolment, she was already top of the class, receiving a perfect score on her first test, which she said was “easy.” At the time of enrolment, Esther said, “I want to (finish the course) in two years. I actually wanted to start when I was seven. But my mum was like, “you’re too young, calm down.” So I’m going to do my Ph.D. in financial maths when I’m 13. I want to have my own bank by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.”



Esther’s mother, Efe Okade, who is also a mathematician noticed Esther’s flair for figures shortly after she began homeschooling her at the age of three. She has a passion for maths which made her want to go to the university at a young age. She told CNN, The course is so interesting. It has the type of maths I love. It’s real maths — theories, complex numbers, all that type of stuff. It was super easy. My mum taught me in a nice way.”



Esther is already writing a book for young kids called Yummy Yummy Algebra. She said to CNN “It starts at a beginner level — that’s volume one. But then there will be volume two, volume three, and then volume four. But I’ve only written the first one. As long as you can add or subtract, you’ll be able to do it. I want to show other children they are special.” She also talked about her dreams of opening a bank.



At 17, she is bagging a Ph.D. in Financial Mathematics.


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