20 April 2016
THE IMAFIDION FAMILY
This family from Edo is known as the smartest family in Britain, with all their 5 children each breaking national records in education. The oldest, Anne-Marie, speaks 6 languages and at 13 was the youngest person to pass the UK’s A-level computing exam. Peter and Paula (“the wonder twins”) were the youngest children to attend high school in Britain and also the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam. Christina was the youngest student in history to attend a British University. And Samantha was the youngest girl in the UK to attend secondary school, passing 2 high-school level mathematics exams at the age of 6.
ALOMA MARIAM MUKHTAR
Mukhtar has broken many records in her legal career. She is the first female lawyer from Northern Nigeria, first female judge of the High Court in Kano State judiciary, the first female justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, the first female justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
BOBAI EPHRAIM KATO
After failing UTME twice and getting rejected from both Ahmadu Bello University and Kaduna State University, this 24 year old built an Artificial Intelligent robot and developed an algorithm that enabled it to solve Rubik’s cube puzzle in minutes as a final year project.
CAPTAIN HADIZA LANTANA OBOH
She was the first and only female pilot of the defunct Nigeria Airways. Unfortunately, she died in a brutal murder by her house servants she’d feed and clothed.
DR. OLUROTIMI BADERO
He is known for the remarkable distinction of being the only combined cardiologist (heart) and nephrologist (kidney) in the world. In full, Dr. Badero is an interventional cardiologist, nephrologist and peripheral vascular specialist. These are all qualifications that are rarely achieved separately, talk less of in combination.
TASLIM OLAWALE ELIAS
He is another Nigerian in the legal world that has broken a lot of records and paved new paths in the country and internationally. In 1949, he became the first African to earn a Ph.D in Law from the University of London. He served as Nigeria’s first Attorney General and Minister for Justice as well as the first Dean of the then newly established Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos. He later became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1972. In 1975, he was elected by the United Nations to the International Court of Justice at The Hague and was elected President of the Court in 1982, becoming the first African jurist to do so.
Everybody knows the legacy of Wole Soyinka by now. Known for his characteristic horn-rimmed glasses and white afro & beard, Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet known for his political themes. In 1986, Soyinka became the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He was described as one “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence”.