Britain's Brainiest Family is Black and Have 9-Year-Old High School-Bound Twins



Paula and Peter Imafidon



Paula and Peter Imafidon
are just like any other nine-year-olds. They love laughing, playing on the computer, fighting with each other. What sets these twins apart from their peers, though, is that they are, hands down, prodigies, who are about to enter high school and make British history as the youngest to do so.


The precocious London-based tykes, known as the "Wonder Twins," floored academicians a year ago, when they aced a difficult University of Cambridge's Advanced Mathematics exam with flying colors. They were the youngest students to have ever passed the test.

The future little scholars' father, Chris, and mother, Ann, immigrated to Britain from Nigeria more than 30 years ago and have actually been down this prodigy route before with their three older children, who are also overachievers.

The couple's oldest daughter, Anne-Marie, is now 20, but at age 13, she won a British government scholarship to take undergraduate courses at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Christiana, 17, their other daughter, is the youngest student ever to study at the undergraduate level in any British University at the age of 11. Youngest daughter, Samantha, now 12, passed two rigorous high school–level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of 6, and mentored the twins to pass their own math secondary school test when they were also 6.

Even with all of this, the proud Dad denies that there is any particular genius in his family. He does credit his children's success to the Excellence in Education program for disadvantaged inner city youth. "Every child is a genius," he said. "Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit. Look at Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters - they were nurtured. You can never rule anything out with them, the competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do."

The darling duo are competitive to say the least, and this is what fuels them to out-achieve each other. Paula said, "I am excited to pass, but I should have got higher than Peter."

As far as career paths Paula says she wants to be a math teacher, while Peter aspires to be Prime Minister one day.

All it takes is a dream....


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Before I read down to it, I said, let me guess, they are Nigerians.  Bravo!  I would like to read more about what the parents have done to encourage such dedication, and/or find out more about the "Excellence in Education program for disadvantaged inner city youth" he mentioned and compare it to what America school programs are or are not doing.


P.S.:  Very beautiful children.

I cringe every time people make statements that allude to a certain proclivity among a group of people. I think that it is simply mathematical probability that these black kids are Nigerians, when about 15% of the blacks on this planet are Nigerians, which is multiple times more than any other group. It becomes self fulfilling prophecies when groups get a reputation for certain things, whether it be good or bad, it becomes self reinforcing. I have friends who tell me the things that there tribe is not good at and what tribes are good at it and what there tribe is good at and what others are not. Hence, a person not in a particular tribe may not pursue excellence in a certain endeavor because they are not from the right tribe and it will be a waste of time. So they gravitate towards the things that their tribe is known to be good at.

 

 

 This is blatantly obvious in the USA as well. The black tribe in America is celebrated for its athletic and entertainment proclivities. Hence, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. How many white dads who have visions of their sons being in the NFL are grooming their kids to be running backs? Nope. They are conditioned to believe that blacks dominate that arena and that it is a waste of time. Focus on being the quarterback instead. On the other side, intellectual excellence is something that white folks are supposed to be good at, and the corollary being, naturally, that blacks are not good at it. Hence, black youth don’t gravitate towards excellence in education because they are consumed with a focus on sports and entertainment…..their natural proclivity.  

 

 

To me it’s no secret why these kids excel. If you look at nature and animals, their PLAY is directly linked to the skill sets they need for survival. That is natures way of promoting survival is by youth learning via play. Youth want to spend nearly all their time playing and having fun. When that play also teaches vital skill sets for survival, then it is as nature designed it to be. When you are at competitive play you become very innovative and creative. Now, most of African American youth, learning is a CHORE. It’s the antithesis of play. It’s something that parents MAKE their kids do. Hence, youth do the bare minimum just to be done with it so they can go PLAY and have fun, assuming their parents make them do their work at all.

 

 

If you want to know whether your kids will be a success or not, you have to look at their expressions when they are doing their school work. If your children make a screw face or get an attitude every time they have to do school work, then it’s not fun for them. Unless they are really gifted, these kids will struggle in school. If you kids smiles and beams while they are doing their work….you are going to have a high achiever. Its not rocket science. People will always do better when something is fun and they are interested in it than when its something that they really don’t want to be doing and are just going through the motions.  



PS....Ii am glad that these kids are not mixed. Far too often when we have excellence with mix kids, soiety rationalizes that it is the "other" genes responsible for it. There is no better role model for black folks that deep dark chocolate success and excellence.
I agree with everything you're saying, Noah, except for one thing.  I think Sunnubian figured they were Nigerian because they are high achievers from England.  The vast majority of blacks in the UK are either of Jamaican or Nigerian descent.  In my experience, unfortunately, the model you point out in your post -- where one group nurtures their kids toward certain skill sets -- plays out among blacks from the UK, in that British Nigerians are more likely to trend toward academic excellence.  It would have been nice if the kids had been Jamaican instead of Nigerian, because Jamaican-descended Brits need the role models more than the Nigerians do.
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Noah The African wrote:
What are you talking about?



Most black kids are not on any sports team at their school. Even less participate in band or talent shows. Since that is the case it is not correct to say they believe or are focusing on becoming an athlete or entertainer.



You need to stop repeating urban legends.
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Most black kids are not on any sports team at their school. Even less participate in band or talent shows. Since that is the case it is not correct to say they believe or are focusing on becoming an athlete or entertainer. You need to stop repeating urban legends.

One would have to believe that the universe of those who dream of playing sports or being an entertainer, is reflected in those who are on sports teams or an a band. I don’t know where you are from, but where I am from the parks were full of people who never played on the high school team. You have to have a high enough GPA for one thing. I would say that some of the best talent never made it out of the hood because of grades and the streets, but they still dreamed and spent hours on the court. Furthermore, there a large number of black youth who spend their time writing rhymes, thinking that they will be the next big rapper. I seen this and still see it, especially in the males.

 

Granted, I am not saying that all black youth do this by any means. What I am saying is that a greater percentage of black youth are dreaming and loving sports and entertainment more than they are ideal of being doctors and engineers. There is no comparison. I don' sports teams or an a band.  universe of those dream of playing sports or being an entertainer, is reflected in those who

Maynard:
Most black kids are not on any sports team at their school. Even less participate in band or talent shows. Since that is the case it is not correct to say they believe or are focusing on becoming an athlete or entertainer." . You need to stop repeating urban legends.

Whether black kids are dreaming of being professional athletes/entertainers  or just dreaming of being highly paid remains to be seen, but, your information regarding black children's participation in band and sports is less than factual.  


HBCU bands like FAMU's Marching 100, Southern University/Baton Rouge's Ocean of Soul, Jackson State University's Sonic Boom, Grambling's band, Hampton Band, Howard's Band, and Bethune Cookman are each year filled with hundreds and in the aggregate probably thousands of black students who were in high school and junior high marching band.  Some of these bands are nationally known.  FAMU band just participated in the Super Bowl.  Grambling Band was in a Coke Commercial in the 90's.  Some of these talented youngsters go on to become music producers like Dallas Austin, who was the originator of the movie "Drumline".


There are black twirlers, flag teams, dancers, cheerleaders, jazz bands, chorales, symphony members, gospel choirs and opera singers in addition to marching bands on college campuses. All of these BLACK students participated in extracurricular activities (like band) IN HIGH SCHOOL.


I wonder why you insist on speaking assertively about Black AMericans when it's rather obvious you know very little about AFrican AMericans?
From Noah's post:
If you want to know whether your kids will be a success or not, you have to look at their expressions when they are doing their school work. If your children make a screw face or get an attitude every time they have to do school work, then it’s not fun for them. Unless they are really gifted, these kids will struggle in school. If you kids smiles and beams while they are doing their work….you are going to have a high achiever. Its not rocket science. People will always do better when something is fun and they are interested in it than when its something that they really don’t want to be doing and are just going through the motions.
Noah, you make this sound very cut and dried.  Students who are struggling and thus have "the screw face" can be mentored and coached, or placed in the right context and become enthusiastic learners.  That article about the afrocentric charter school in detroit with students who are excelling should prove this.
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Noah, you make this sound very cut and dried. Students who are struggling and thus have "the screw face" can be mentored and coached, or placed in the right context and become enthusiastic learners. That article about the afrocentric charter school in detroit with students who are excelling should prove this.

Your point is well taken and acknowledged.  It would have been better if I had said “on the path to success” rather than saying “whether they will be a success”.

 

You are correct.

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