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Sukran Sahin, Senior Reporter
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
A maths prodigy has become one of the youngest people to graduate from Oxford University with a combined masters degree.
Barking-born Anne Marie Imafidon received a Combined Masters Degree in Maths and Computer Science from one of the best universities in the country at the age of just 20.
She said: “I’m proud of myself. I’m glad that this has been the result of years of hard work.”
The winning formula for her success she puts down to three main factors.
She said: “It’s my motivation, I have a supportive family and I worked out what I’m good at.”
Anne Marie, who lives in the Docklands with her family, first noticed her love for numbers at the age of eight.
She said: “I had a maths teacher who was very encouraging. And it was quite obvious that I liked maths and maths liked me.”
Anne Marie is also a mentor for VLP Excellence in Education - a programme in Thames Road, Barking, that helps children from deprived areas in London with education and motivation.
In addition she gives free study guides to students via her family website www.imafidon.com.
She said: “I’m continuing to work with the Excellence in Education programme and I would like to still be doing my mentoring and motivate children from inner London and from similar backgrounds as mine. It’s very rewarding.”
The world may be her oyster now but Anne Marie has not made up her mind about the future. She works in the City of London but she is considering an academic career as well as deeper involvement in educational work with young people.
“Professionally, I want to be at the top of my game with whatever comes my way.”
Setting up an IT consultancy company is also on the cards.
Her father, Chris Imafidon said: “The family is very proud of her, but every child can achieve, if given the right tools, techniques and technology in an enabling environment.”
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