Nigerian born remarkable teenager Ifeoma got accepted to all 8 Ivy League universities

Nigerian born remarkable teenager Ifeoma got accepted to all 8 Ivy League universities




A New Jersey teenager has to make a decision soon most high school seniors can only dream of — deciding on which Ivy League school to attend in the fall. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that she was accepted into all of them. All eight of them.
Ifeoma White-Thorpe said she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter.
“I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness!” White-Thorpe told WABC-TV.
White-Thorpe, a senior and student government president at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, has to choose between Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown.
She wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health. Since all of the Ivy League schools “have great research facilities,” she decided to apply to them all.
Students getting into all of the Ivies is a monumental feat, but it’s happened to a handful of teens over the past couple of years — Kwasi Enin in 2014, Harold Ekeh in 2015 and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna last year.
So where will she go?
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Her parents said the choice is totally up to her; White-Thorpe said she just doesn’t know yet.
She can add another elite school to the mix as well — she also got into Stanford.
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Ethiopian Film Director Creates ‘Tibeb Girls’ To Educate, Support Youth. Watch Video

Ethiopian Film Director Creates ‘Tibeb Girls’ To Educate, Support Youth. Watch Video




Renowned Ethiopian female film director Bruktawit Tigabu has produced a 2D animation series, entitled “Tibeb Girls,” to educate adolescent girls on the various body changes that happen at their age as well as how to live a healthful life.

The series is about three African adolescent super heroines trying to understand the changes happening to their bodies and the numerous struggles that girls of their age go through, including forced marriage.

The three girls, FIKIR, TIGIST, and FITEH, use their superpowers to deal with injustices and harmful practices toward girls in Africa.

On Facebook, Tigabu adds:

The Tibeb program will help provide a social behavioral change communication package & healthcare services for adolescents, helping them to learn about the changes that happen at their age and explore their world in a healthy way.

“Tibeb Girls” also features a cast of local women whose strong character and excellent performance set the right precedent for young African girls looking to venture in to the media industry.

Tigabu says the content of the program is based on research in to the numerous obstacles that African girls face when growing up and is often validated by local youth groups to ensure it fully addresses the concerns of its target audience.

In order to ensure the program reaches the widest array of audiences, especially those in remote and rural areas, Tigabu and her crew are pursuing ways to adapt the story to radio and comic books.

They also plan to form Tibeb school clubs and provide them with engaging and interactive guides that help young people understand the various reproductive health issues that adolescents face.

Tigabu’s team, Whiz Kids Workshop, hopes to bring a production of international quality to the African context and inspire African animation as well as the media market to grow.

Solving Deep-Rooted Problems

With the comic 2D TV series, Tigabu and her team hope to inform Ethiopians and the wider African society about the dangers of harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation and the forced marriages of young girls.

“We need an agent of change to create a cultural shift in the way Ethiopia – and Africa as a whole – views its girls,” Tigabu told Startup Compete in a recent interview.

Tigabu also challenges her fellow African film producers and broadcasters to create content that is culturally relevant and relatable to African society instead of waiting for Western creators to dictate what goes in to the market.

BY FREDRICK NGUGI
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Cameroonian Model Shuts Down Internet Troll Who Suggests She Lighten Skin.

Cameroonian Model Shuts Down Internet Troll Who Suggests She Lighten Skin.




Mimi Mbah, an aspiring Cameroonian model has become an Internet sensation for coming up with the perfect reply to an Internet troll who had an offensive opinion about her skin color.

Pictures of 19-year-old Mbah, an ebony model, were recently shared on Twitter account @AFRICANS, which is dedicated to celebrating the beauty and diversity of the African continent.
In Mbah’s photos, viewers can see her looking gorgeous while rocking an Afro and posing in various places, including the beach and on a balcony overlooking the sea, while on vacation in Cameroon.

As expected, the photos generated an array of responses and comments online, with many admiring her beauty and others being deliberately offensive.

One troll wrote,”If she was lighter, she’d be fire.”

Mbah, a law student at the Montgomery College Maryland in the United States promptly slammed the troll with the following response:

Mbah’s clever clap back quickly went viral and has been retweeted more than 50,000 times, with many Twitter users hailing her measured and intelligent response to what was clearly unrestrained and aggressive racism.
In an interview with Metro UK, Mbah said she chose to reply to the troll to show how much racism still exists, especially on the Internet,“When I first saw the tweet, I was disappointed. I have heard it before when I was younger, but I didn’t think people still think that way at this age.

“I’ve not always been confident with myself, but the older I grew, the more I learned to love myself and stand up for myself.

“I’m glad my tweet got the attention it did because now I have a lot of dark skin girls in my DMs and mentions telling me how much inspiration that comment was to them.

“It’s just nice to know that my confidence could help others. I want to tell all my dark skin women to stay positive and love themselves.

“Dark skin is not a crime and they are beautiful the way they are.”

by Mark Babatunde
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