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Nigerian teenager bags $3.5m scholarships from Harvard, 13 other foreign universities



A 17-year-old Nigerian student, Oluwafemi Ositade, has secured full scholarships to multiple Ivy League universities in the United States, including Harvard, as well as other top notch universities in Canada and Qatar.

He is a member of the Class of 2023 of The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria, and the scholarships are worth over $3.5 million.

Ositade’s astounding success stems from his exceptional performance in the SAT where he achieved a perfect score in Maths (800/800) and a near-perfect score of 760 out of 800 in reading and writing and his CGPA of 4.04/4.0 from college.

Armed with these remarkable achievements and track record of excellence, Ositade received 14 scholarships from renowned institutions nine of which are full ride scholarships (covering tuition, accommodation, allowance and all other student’s expenses).

The universities that have extended scholarship offers to Ositade are Harvard University, Brown University, Duke University, University of Toronto Lester B Pearson Scholarship, Wesleyan University, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, University of Miami, Howard University, Stetson University, Fisk University, University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, University of Toronto St. George Campus, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus and Drexel University.

His academic prowess extends beyond standardised tests. In the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), with a score of 358, he ranked as the second best in Nigeria for the year 2023.

Additionally, in the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Ositade boasts of eight A’s and one B2.

It is also worthy of note that Ositade has represented his schools in lots of local and international competitions where he has also proven his academic prowess with many laurels won for himself and his school.

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With a strong passion for Quantum Computing and Mathematics, he intends to pursue a degree in Computational Physics, and he is poised to make significant strides in his chosen field.

Ositade remarked that these feats could not have been possible without his zeal and the preparatory efforts of his alma mater, The Ambassadors College, Ota (a Christian Co-Educational School). The school’s structured academic programme, blending British and

Nigerian curricula, equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel on both local and international platforms.

Offering classes and specialized courses such as SAT, IELTS, and A-levels, the school ensures that students like Ositade not only achieve stellar academic results but also position themselves for coveted scholarships in Ivy League universities.

Upon receiving the life-changing news of his acceptance to Harvard, Brown, Duke and other Prestigious universities, the 17-year-old expressed profound elation, citing that he owes his achievements to God Almighty who has been the bedrock of his success.

His achievements underscore the plethora of opportunities available for Nigerian youths to thrive on the global academic stage.

Ositade’s feat comes just after another Nigerian, Nduibusi Ekwekwe, was credited with  contributions to the upgrade of the renowned iPhone.

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