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10-year-old maths whizz enrols at university

ADDING UP SUCCESS: Esther Okade

A 10-YEAR-OLD maths whizz who passed her A-level last year has now been accepted on to a university course.

Speaking exclusively to The Voice last year, two proud parents shared their joy when their daughter, Esther Okade, from Walsall, West Midlands, passed the exam with an incredible B grade.

Little did they know that their ambitious daughter was far from finished.

While others her age are preparing for their final year in primary school, Esther will be undertaking a degree in maths after recently being accepted on to an Open University course.

“From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university," her mother Omonefe Okade explained. “I was afraid it was too soon. She would say, 'Mum, when am I starting?', and go on and on and on. Finally, after three years she told me, 'Mum, I think it is about time I started university now'."

Mrs Okade added that Esther - who will study for her degree at home - was "so happy" when she was accepted by the university, and is already making plans to become a millionaire.

The proud parent, who home schools her daughter, added: "For now we want her to enjoy her childhood as well as her maths. By the time she was four I had taught her the alphabet, her numbers, and how to add, subtract, multiply and division.”

As a daughter of an engineer and a commercial finance director father, Paul Okade, it could be said that the 10-year-old star child’s affinity for numbers is etched in her DNA.

Mrs Okade, a maths coach, recalled how after watching the heartwarming film Akeelah and the Bee, her ambitious daughter – who has been home schooled since the age of three – became committed to developing her math abilities.

Mr Okade added: "I cannot tell you how happy and proud I am as a father.

"The desire of every parent is to see their children exceed them and take the family name to greater heights and my children have done just that."

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