19 year old Nigerian Harvard student Saheela Ibraheem has been recognized collectively of the World’s fifty smartest teenagers in 2015. Saheela, a brain doctor undergrad in Harvard was invited to the White house where she met with the Obamas who celebrated her great exploit last Th Feb. 26th. She was one of those celebrated by the United States government to mark ‘The Black History Month”
Saheela got admitted into the Ivy League
school at the age of 15 and at the time of her admission was also
offered a letter of acceptance
by 13 other top colleges in the United States, including six Ivy League
institutions. She however chose Harvard, making her one of the youngest
students to ever attend the university. Saheela will be graduating in
May this year.
President Obama while celebrating her described her as a wonderful lady.
“There are a lot of teenagers in the world. Saheela is like
one of the 50 smartest ones. That’s pretty smart. And she’s a wonderful
young lady. She’s like the State Department and the National Institute
of Health all rolled into one. And we are so proud of your
accomplishments and all that lies ahead of you. And you reflect our
history. Young people like you inspire our future.” he said
According to Saheela, passion is what’s made her attain such academic feat.
“If you are passionate about what you
do, and I am passionate about most of these things, especially with math
and science, it will work out well,” she said
According to her
mother, Saheela had always been independent as a child and had never
wanted anyone to help her with her homework
“She’s like always independent. I never get to help with her
homework because she’d say ‘it’s my work mommy, not yours.’ she said