By Olivia B. Waxman
March 11, 2015

Esther Okade is only 10 years old, but she’s already the top freshman in her college class, CNN reports.

The British-Nigerian math prodigy is enrolled at Open University, a distance learning college and hails from the industrial town Walsall in England’s Midlands. She told CNN, “I actually wanted to start when I was seven. But my mum was like, “you’re too young, calm down.”

Okade told the Birmingham Mail that she hopes to get a PhD and run her own business someday:

When she isn’t studying for exams, CNN reports that she writes math workbooks for children called “Yummy Yummy Algebra,” while her family works to open “Shakespeare Academy,” a nursery school and primary school in Nigeria’s Delta region.

 

Write to Olivia B. Waxman at olivia.waxman@time.com.

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