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USA: Beautiful Black Girl Awarded 19 Scholarships Worth Over $5M

  • Yinka-Banjo completed her secondary school in Nigeria

A Nigerian student, Victory Yinka-Banjo, has received a mouth-watering 19 full-ride scholarship offers to the value of more than $5 million for undergraduate study programmes across the United States and Canada.

Victory Yinka-Banjo, 17, hails from Lagos, and is one of the brightest young intellectual assets of Nigeria.

“It still feels pretty unbelievable. I applied to so many schools because I didn’t even think any school would accept me,” Victory told CNN, super excited at her achievement.

Before her groundbreaking achievement overseas, Victory had bagged an impressive 9 A1’s in her secondary West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams. She also had A stars in all her Cambridge results.

She was declared the World Best Candidate in English as a Second Language (Speaking Component) by the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE).

Victory Yinka Banjo Gets 9 A's WAEC, A Stars In Cambridge | FabWoman

Victory was born to Nigerian parents, Chika Yinka-Banjo, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos, and Adeyinka Banjo, a private sector procurement and supply chain executive.

She was given potential full scholarships from the Ivy League schools, Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College, and Brown University.

Other US scholarship offers included those from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia.

In Canada, Victory was offered the Lester B. Pearson scholarship from the University of Toronto and the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (KMILOT) scholarship from the University of British Columbia.

“Their admissions processes are extremely selective,” Victory added. “They only accept the best of the best. So, you can imagine how, on a daily basis, I have to remind myself that I actually got into these schools. It is surreal!”

Victory said the scholarships have made her feel fulfilled for the hard work she has put in studying over the years.

“They have made me truly feel proud about the hard work I have put into several areas of my life over the years. I am slowly beginning to realize that I deserve them,” she said.

The teenager remarked that her multiple scholarship offers “have made me stand taller, smile wider, and pat myself on the back more often.”

Victory plans to study Computational Biology but she has yet to choose which school she is going to attend. She narrowed down her choices to Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and is doing some research to compare them.

Meanwhile, Victory’s mother, Chika, hopes her daughter’s story could inspire other young Nigerians.

She said:  “It is noteworthy that she is not one of the Nigerian-Americans who often get into these schools because of their advantage of being born and bred in the US. She completed her secondary school here [in Nigeria]. It would be great if her story can be used to inspire the youths of our country.”


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