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This 12-Year-Old Boy Has Been Admitted to the University of Ghana

Viemens Bamfo is the child genius who says he wants to become Ghana's president when he turns 40.

While many 12-year-olds are navigating their sixth grade of school (or one or two grades ahead if they're really smart), others are already setting their sights on university. This is the case with child genius Viemens Bamfo, the 12-year-old boy who has gained admission into the University of Ghana. Of the 2900 freshmen who will be starting university, he is (unsurprisingly) the youngest of the cohort, according to Nigeria's Pulse.


Bamfo, along with his older brother who recently graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, was home-schooled by his father Robert Bamfo, due to financial constraints. The father says that he never anticipated that his efforts would yield such unprecedented results. Describing his teaching method, he said:

"We used the Cambridge syllabus and the WASSCE syllabus so I understood some basic things about [them]...What I teach first is dictionary skills so that the child is able to pronounce every word correctly. We do the phonetic skills and once that is done I teach Latin…for the sciences I do not give notes."

The father prepared Bamfo to take the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private students—an exam his son passed effortlessly.

Bamfo will reportedly be studying Public Administration and hopes to become the president of Ghana when he's older. Asked why, the young boy says that, "I want to become the President of Ghana, I want to lift high the flag of Ghana and make Ghana a truly independent country like China, the US, Britain and other countries."

Here are a few varied reactions about the news of the child genius on social media:





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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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