14-year-old Gombe-born Genius Started Winning Mathematical Awards at 9. Now She Has 14 Medals

A Gombe-based genius, Fatima Adamu Maikusa, was nine years old when she started winning medals in mathematics,  according to Mathematics Professionals, a Facebook page helping young researchers in pursuing their careers.

Now 14, Maikusa is said to have earned seven international medals in mathematics. Mathematics Professionals would go on to describe the little girl as: A ‘rising mathematical professional.

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WikkiTimes learnt Maikusa is a grade two student at Nigerian Tulip International College in Kano State.


Maikusa, according to the page, had won the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 08), the International Eduversal Mathematics competition, Jakarta Indonesia, International Math Challenge, Bangkok Thailand.

Others include: Kangourou Sans Frontieres (KSF) mathematics competitions, Future Intelligence Students Olympiad (FISO), Mathematics Without Borders, Bulgaria and Komodo math festival, Indonesia.

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Mathematics Professionals had been profiling young Nigerians doing well in their studies. This, WikkiTimes understands, helps the spotlights at times.

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In August, Saratu Garba, an 11-year-old out-of-school girl, was offered a scholarship by the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), a World Bank-supported project.

Saratu’s talent went viral on social media with her ability to quickly provide mathematical solutions.

According to Aliyu Yusuf, AGILE Project Communication Officer, the project’s National Office directed its Kano office to identify the girl and enroll her in school.

The young girl in an interview with a NAN correspondent at her hometown in Gwadahi village, Gaya, explained that she dropped out of school in primary four. Afterwards, she started hawking for a pittance.



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