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17-YEAR-OLD NIGERIAN GETS 19 SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS WORTH $5M IN US, CANADA

Victory Yinka-Banjo, a 17-year-old Nigerian Secondary School graduate, has been offered 19 fully-funded scholarships, worth more than $5 million for an undergraduate study program from universities across the United States and Canada following her academic strides.

Victory Yinka-Banjo

Born to Nigerian Parents, Victory has been given potential full scholarships from Ivy League schools such as Yale College, Princeton University, Brown University, and Harvard College. Other scholarships offered in the United States of America are in schools like Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, and the University of Virginia.

In Canada, her offers include the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (KMILOT) Scholarship from the University of British Columbia and the Lester B Pearson Scholarship from the University of Toronto.

According to her, “It still feels unbelievable. I applied to so many schools I didn’t even think any school would accept me”.

She went further to say : “Their admission processes are extremely selective. 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!”

While in Secondary School, Victory was a senior prefect. She became more popular in 2020, making national headlines as she scored straight A’s in her West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

The teenager said hardwork is the secret to her success. She also said the multiple scholarships have encouraged her and made her walk taller, while giving herself a well deserved pat on the back.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe

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