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9-Year-Old Nigerian Girl Passed GCE Exam; Anjolaoluwa Mautin Botoku Makes History

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January 13, 2014 – 9-Year-Old Nigerian Girl Passed GCE Examination; Anjolaoluwa Mautin Botoku Makes History

As at today, January 13th, 2014, nine-year-old Anjolaoluwa Mautin Botoku cannot lay substantial claim to widespread fame. She has however served notice that her name is one that the world should watch out for in the future. At her very tender age, she has written a dreaded examination and did creditably.

The examination is the General Certificate of Education (GCE), the private equivalent of the Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) that people wishing to gain admission into the university must pass in order to be admitted.

GCE and SSCE are however dreaded because many people are only able to pass them after years of trying. So when little Anjola perused some of the GCE past question papers that one of her brothers was studying and declared that she could take the GCE exam, her brothers Jide and Olujuyin were both amused and incensed at her ‘impudence’ to the extent of deciding that they would register her for the exam so that she could walk her talk.

Knowing that GCE is not a piece of cake, the brothers probably knew that the only way their ‘brash,’ and therefore ‘annoying,’ little sister would eat the humble pie was if she wrote the exam and did not do well in it.

So when they were registering her for it and they encountered the problem of her being ineligible for it as she was younger than the minimum age set for the exams, still wanting her to eat the humble pie made them do what they shouldn’t really have done: they increased her age by five years so that the online registration process would register her.

And they succeeded. She got registered for last year’s GCE and was listed to write it at Victoria Island Secondary School, Lagos. If her brothers wanted to eat the humble pie, they succeeded somewhat when little Anjola arrived at her exam centre.

Being a little girl indeed, in both age and stature, she stood out among her fellow candidates who attacked her immediately, saying, “Little girl, what are you doing here? Are you sure you are here to write the exam?” The above are even nice comments. There were some really rude ones.

“Overambitious girl, you are not supposed to be here. Why don’t you wait for your time? You are very greedy,” and on and on like that. Even the examiners didn’t want to allow her into the hall but only did so because the biometric test they did proved that she was indeed the registered candidate. Mrs Abosede Botoku, her mother, says she expected that her fellow candidates would harass her. “I expected that she would be harassed so I wasn’t surprised by it,” she told Saturday Mirror.

And so Anjola wrote the GCE, but she didn’t answer all the papers, she did just two, French and English. “I wrote just French and English because I had teachers who tutored me in them. My father is a former French teacher and my mother has a degree in English so they both taught me those two subjects.” When the results were released, she made C5 in French and C6 in English.

“I expected to make B2 or B3 in English and I’m disappointed I did not.” Saturday Mirror therefore asked her why she didn’t make the grade she expected in English, if maybe the exam was very difficult for her. “The exam was very easy,” she retorted. “It wasn’t something that could be failed.”

Hazarding a guess as to why she didn’t do as well as she expected in English, her mother said, “I believe two things worked against her. The first is overconfidence. I feel she was overconfident and it affected her. In my own days too, I was very overconfident when I wanted to write English and I got a lower grade than I expected.

“Another thing that I believe affected her is the harassment she encountered from her fellow candidates. I’m sure it affected her psychologically. The harassment was just so harsh. People would walk up to her and say she should prove that she really wrote the exam.”

So why did little Anjola feel that she could write an exam far advanced for her age and more suitable to her fourteenyear- old brother, Olujuyin? “It’s the way our parents brought us up,” she responded. “My mother is a magistrate and my father a lawyer.

They insist that we must read, and when they bring newspapers home, it’s always a struggle between me and my brothers over who would read them first.” Technology is another factor that also helped greatly in enhancing her intellect. She has ample access to the internet and she had got to read about the feats of many young people in other parts of the world and she felt she could be like them.

Such young people include the youngest professor ever, Alia Sabur, who became a professor at 18 years, an undergraduate at 10, and got her first degree at 14 from New York State University.

Reacting to how he feels about her remarkable feat, her father, Olufemi Botoku, said, “It all began like a joke between her and her brothers, but it has proven how intelligent and hardworking she is, so I’m happy for her.”

[Source: National Mirror]



  1. Tide martins

    January 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    How possible naijaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa chei! laughter wan kill me 4 hia o

  2. Ikegod

    January 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Dat inteligency i gues bcs she is stil yong nd knw nt gud or bad, if she can grow witout proud or distration or spirit of otutorism or imanwaokesm hahahahaha, (only a wis igbo peson wil undastnd wat i min) den she wil go high i bliv, God help u girl.

  3. A big nwa aka phyno

    January 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Let d family register her for dis year waec let d girl write chemistry, physics, further maths, mathematics, nd account den I will bliv if nt I refuse to bliv dis crap

  4. red

    January 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    When spending money to provide for such person you have got to be smiling,it will never be a waste of time and hope,love your confidence girl and kudos to the wonderful parents.don’t let your baby girl visit naijagist for any thing(sorry naijagist) hope to hear more wonderful news about you.

  5. Metu Nyetu

    January 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    How about of me that passing final year exam when I four years? Nobody talking about of it. Am I not know book more?

  6. rude boy

    January 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Didn’t u jst read abt d youngest prof? Hw,s dat possible? Anytin is possible mr man. For d fact dat u wrote ur own GCE more dan 5 times @ d age of 28 doesn’t make dis impossible.

  7. angela

    January 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I like dat, its a challange to other children. I hav just told my 9 yrs old son to read d story this morning, wat she did will encourage other children to sit up academically. Go girl, God is wit u.

  8. parrot

    January 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    oh na only 2 papers she write self, she didn’t pass any Gce exam she just wrote two papers, she 4 go write maths,biology or chemistry bt anyways she is a bright lad dat will smash her waec if she kp on wat she’s doing

  9. augustus

    January 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    i like her courage keep it up girl

  10. Svelte

    January 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Anywa sha it could be posible

  11. dave

    January 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Good, job well done little angel. Keep it up and don’t get discouraged or distracted by side talks. Focus more, you’ll achieve your goals sooner than as expected. The Lord will see you through IJN amen.

  12. Greg

    January 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Fools following fools. How can a 9 year old pass GCE exam? Only in Nigeria! Very soon, a 10 year old girl will give back to a baby.

    No Nursery and Primary School – 5-6yrs
    No Secondary School – 6yrs with their JSS1 (3yrs) & SSS3 (3yrs)] – 6yrs

    Abba! Take am easy o…

    • Banky

      January 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Greg; Are you aware 18 year old girl has phd degree? A u aware a 10 year old Nigerian boy recently passed Microsoft Professional Exam? Do u know the youngest Grandma in guinness book of records is 17 years and she is a Nigerian? Do u know the youngest medical doctor in UK is a Nigerian who qualified at age 21? With the advent of internet many things hitherto impossible can be achieved. In next 10 years, we shall be witnessing more “magic”. Greg, “Who are the Fools following fools?”

  13. adeola

    January 14, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Increasing a child name fraudulently to write the exam is cheating and unethical. This is some of the vices that should not be encourage as a child grow up
    Even if she is good as claimed, why not wait till when she would meet the registration requirement, rather cheat on her age
    That`s the problem with Nigeria parent,some even hired people to write exam for their wards

  14. seyo

    January 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    @Metu Nyetu you passed your final year exam at age four and you are commenting with poor grammar , just take a look at what you typed …. I believe you …. I am sure if I should find out facts from your school , am sure you bought that certificate ….

  15. mimi

    January 15, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    seriously everyone? she sat for the exam and got a C. u are so close mined and rustic. have u not heard of geniuses in a particular field of study getting A levels at 10yeras and phd’s at 16. It happens in advance counties. why can’t it happen in 9ja. Are we not brilliant? can we not have geniuses? if u limit yourself, leave the other person who wants to encourage her child to reach her potential jare.

  16. Nwanyi

    January 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Is it real? if its real I wish her all d best.

  17. Consort

    January 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Dnt know if its a true story or nt. Buh if it actually is, i’m damned pruud to call dat gurl a naija-arian. Up u, kidd… Nd keep developin dat brain of urzz

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