Emmanuella Mayaki, a 13-year-old computing prodigy from Nigeria, has broken a record by becoming one of the youngest students ever admitted to a US university.
Emmanuella, who is of Nigerian descent and was born in the United Kingdom, was accepted into Mary Baldwin University’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), one of the best institutions in the United States. Emmanuella will study Computer Science, a program she has always fascinated about.
“Dear Emmanuella, congratulations on your admittance to the Programme for the Exceptionally Gifted(PEG) at Mary Baldwin University! “, says the letter of admission the school sent her. the PEG class of 2026, welcome.
Emmanuella first showed an interest in computers at the age of 7, when she began studying the fundamentals of desktop publishing programs like Microsoft Words, Excel, PowerPoint, and Corel Draw.
The teenage IT prodigy had always been a person who shared knowledge. Before turning eleven, she had already begun instructing her friends in computer basics. Her first teaching position was originally provided by the Southfields Primary School in Coventry, England where she teaches ICT skills.
She was proposed to be a part of the Women’s History Month Experience in Microsoft’s Legacy Project Virtual Museum in 2021. She was recognized as one of the UK’s most significant and ground-breaking female change-makers in that same year. All of this occurred in the year 2021, and as if that weren’t enough, Emmanuella was highlighted for International Women’s Day in CBBC’s My Life series.
Data Science Nigeria made the decision to invite the young computer prodigy as a speaker for their interactive workshop for children and teenagers in Nigeria after reading the amazing tale of Emmanuella. She was selected as a STEM icon in May 2022 by STEM Kids New York City in the United States of America.