Simone de Beauvoir once lamented the connection between being a woman and being a genius, saying, "One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation has up to the present rendered this becoming practically impossible." Well, 10-year old Esther Okede is here to kick a hole in de Beauvoir's theory. According to CNN, the young Brit from Walsall is currently one of the youngest students enrolled in Open University, a distance learning university that aims to "promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realize their ambitions and fulfill their potential."
Esther was apparently ready to go to college when she was 7, but her parents said "you're too young, calm down." Her mother started homeschooling her when she was three since you can't enroll students in school until they're five, and Esther did her first GCSE exam when she was six-years old. Genius also seems to run in the family; Esther's parents are starting a school in Nigeria, and her six-year old brother is going to take his first A-level, a standardized test usually reserved for teenagers, in June.
For all her attention to school, Esther plans on running a bank by the time she's 16, before she's even legally old enough to open her own account there. I'm so ready for this kid to take over the world.
Danielle Henderson is a lapsed academic, heavy metal karaoke machine, and culture editor at Fusion. She enjoys thinking about how race, gender, and sexuality shape our cultural narratives, but not in a boring way.