Nigeria’s Dr Anne-Marie Osawemwemze Imafidon will on Friday be decorated by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, with the prestigious honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her achievement in Science, technology and education. The Imafidon family has been invited by the Queen of England to her London residence, Buckingham palace in central London, where Dr Imafidon will be the youngest scientist ever to get this award, as most young people get the Queen's honour for sports.
The eldest daughter of world renowned Professor Chris and Ann Imafidon whose family has been dubbed the Brainiest Family in Europe, Anne-Marie holds the record of being one of the youngest managers of Fortune 100 top companies and later became an assistant Vice President with German's top bank, Deutsche bank. In school, due to participation in the www.ExcellenceinEducation.org.uk programme, she set a new record to become the youngest girl to ever pass two High school (GCSE) examinations — for Mathematics and Information Technology and A-level computing at the age of 11 in Britain.
Due to her high exceptional brilliance, she received a British Scholarship to study Mathematics at the John Hopkins University at the age of 13 in 2003. Two years later, she commenced a degree at Oxford University after which she enrolled for her Masters degree setting another record of the youngest Masters degree holder from the Ivy league university.
Dr Imafidon, who is a multi-linguist, speaks six languages and has worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers. In 2013, she founded Stemettes, a social enterprise which inspires the next generation of women into pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an objective to break barriers women who pursue a career in the field face.
Stemettes, which grants awards to young women, have programs workshops and events designed to introduce young women to STEM careers, concepts, and role models, have attracted over 7000 young women from across the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Dr Imafidon’s rather unique achievements at a young age has stood her out as a person to watch out for by the British press; she was named on Evening Standard’s recent list of ’25 under 25s’ and a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ as well as being the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013.
Her father, an eminent adviser to European, and American governments, presidents and monarchs, Professor Chris Imafidon, known as the patriarch of Britain's brainiest family, said he received the news of this honour with shock, and that the celebrations for this award will last a year and ripple over a lifetime.
“Like every parent would feel, we are still in shock. This is simply God-orchestrated. I, personally never believed that her young career would accelerate to this historic height. This is beyond belief,” he said in a chat.
The Imafidon family definitely have the achievers blood running in their DNA as not only Anne-Marie dominates their achievements wall of fame. All five children have set new records in scholarships, sports and music. For example, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon's sister, Christiana, 24, is the youngest student to ever study at an undergraduate institution at any British university at 11; another sister, Samantha, 17, having passed two rigorous high school-level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of six, while the twins, Peter and Paul, made British history as the youngest students to ever enter high school when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam, setting world records by passing the A/AS-level math papers. However, the head of the family, world renowned professor Chris Imafidon argues that every child is a genius if provided with the appropriate tools, technology, techniques and methodology.
With the Imafidon family has been setting across the world, he advised parents to change their methods of education in an obvious changing world in order to explore every child’s gifts and talents. Every parent should embrace the re-engineered ExcellenceinEducation.org.uk approach.
“The same God has given every child gifts and talents. We parents must join the ExcellenceinEducation.org.uk in developing such massive potential. As stated in my forthcoming book entitled “The Genius in You”, we can't use the old methodology of learning. Schools and society must wake to the re-engineered system of education that understands that there is a genius in every child and greatness in every adult. This genius is irrespective of ethnicity, gender, nationality, postcode, class or creed. So every family can equal or exceed our achievements.”
Prof. Imafidon revealed that Anne-Marie will be visiting Nigeria very soon to also offer Nigeria young minds interested in pursuing a career in STEM an opportunity to realize their dreams.
“Our grandparents taught us that charity begins at home. We are very enthusiastic about Africa and must contribute our quota to the training and education of young minds. We want to launch a bigger program in Africa, particularly Nigeria and work with the corporate community, industry leaders so that we can deploy the re-engineered learning methodology of www.ExcellenceinEducation.org.uk program. We know that with these programs young Nigerians can equal or exceed our record-breaking achievement. The next generation of Africans have no choice but excel because there is a genius in everyone.”
Others Nigerians who will also be honoured this year include Prof. Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, a Professor of Nursing, who gets an OBE for her services to nursing and the Mary Seacole statue appeal, Chris Ofili, an artist who gets a CBE for his services to arts and Jeremiah Oluwatosin Ayotunde, a Cadet Colour Sergeant who gets an OBE for his services to young people and the community of London. Former Singer, Victoria Beckham gets an OBE award, and popular tennis star, Andy Murray is among the hundreds of achievers to be honoured. – By Ahaoma Kanu – Hope For Nigeria.