Outstanding Performance in Mathematics – Peter and Paula Imafidon
Twins, Peter and Paula now twelve years were born to Dr. Christopher and Ann Imafidon, native of Edo State, Nigeria, in Waltham Forest, East London. They attend a State School in Waltham Forest and receive extra lessons at the Excellence in Education School. They are part of the highest-achieving clan in the history of Great Britain’s education and they are often described as Britain’s Smartest Family.
Fondly called “Wonder Twins” by the press, Peter and Paula broke records when they sat for and passed the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Maths at the age of six in August 2006. At the age of seven they made history when they sat and passed the Advanced/Advanced Subsidiary level (A/AS Level) Mathematics paper, despite being in primary school and having had just three years of formal educatoin, thus putting them 11 years ahead of the usual curriculum as they emerged the youngest candidate ever to write Advanced Level Mathematics Examination in Britain.
In 2009, Peter and Paula sat for the University of Cambridge’s Advanced Mathematics Examination, once more making history by becoming the youngest the students ever to pass this rigorous examination and enter secondary school in the UK at only nine years old.
The multi-talented Imafidons are also sports enthusiasts and have excelled in sporting activities. Some of their achievements include success in 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay and victory in International Boat Race in January 2009. The twins both had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch along with the likes of English soccer star Fabrice Muamba when it passed through their home town of Waltham Forest.
Peter and Paula are like every normal kid their age. They love laughing, playing on the computer and fighting with each other but what sets them apart from their peers, though, is that they are prodigies who are about three to four years higher than their peers in school. They help, support and encourage each other and the competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do.
Peter has ambition to one day become a Prime Minister while his sister wants to be a Maths teacher.
Ladies and gentlemen, we celebrate these worthy Nigerians pride of our nation, worthy role models to their peers and a great example of diligence, dedication and hard work. Peter and Paula Imafidon!