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Nigerian Teen Gets Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Ifeoma White-Thorpe joins an elite group of students who've been accepted into all eight Ivy League Institutions.

Today in Black excellence news:


New Jersey teen, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, is the latest star scholar to gain admission into all eight Ivy League institutions: Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Colombia, Brown, University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.

"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," said the teen upon receiving the news. "So many of them had great research facilities, so I figured, I might as well shoot my shot."

Well, it certainly paid off.

White-Thorpe, who is student body president at her high school, plans to study biology and purse a degree in global health, reports CNN.

She joins an elite group of first-generation African students who've accomplished this feat. Last year, New York teen Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna was also accepted eight out of eight, Harold Ekeh was in 2015, and Ghanaian-American teen Kwasi Enin the year before then.

Ifeoma spoke with ABC News yesterday about her momentous achievement, watch the clip below.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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