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The Wonder Twins

Posted in Europe, NEWS, Spotlight with tags , , , on March 10, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

London’s youngest student to ever study in any British University, (at the age of 11) has twin siblings breaking her record.  Christiana, now 20, is the proud sister to twins Paula and Peter, affectionately known as the Wonder Twins.

Anne-Marie, another sister of the twins appeared with them and their father on London television to tell how they aced the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam. The parents of these young scholars immigrated to Britain from Nigeria over 30 years ago. All of the children in the family are high achievers. Their father says competition amongst the children heightens their accomplishments.

Paula confirmed her father’s observation,

“I am excited to pass, but I should have got higher than Peter.”

The children’s achievements:

  • Anne-Marie; now 20, at the age of 13 won a scholarship at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
  • Christiana; now 17, at the age of 11was the youngest student to ever study at a British University.
  • Samantha; now 12, at the age of 6 passed two high school level mathematics and statistics exams.

Watch a clip from the broadcast . . .

Rioters Kill 500 in Nigeria

Posted in Humanity, NEWS with tags , on March 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Today in Jos, Nigeria, dump trucks carried the bodies of more than 500 victims of rioter’s machetes to mass graves. Women, children, and babies were amongst those killed. The riot took place on Sunday. No official word has been given for the reason for the outbreak. Plateau State spokesman, Gregory Yenlong said,

“Soldiers are patrolling and everywhere remains calm . . . We are estimating 500 people killed, but I think it should be a little bit above that.”

The morgue filled with tangled bodies that had been scalped, raped, and severed of hands and feet. Several factions have accused each other of exaggerating or downplaying the death toll for political ends and fear of reprisals.

Jos continues to be under a dusk-till-dawn curfew since January when religious based violence broke out.  Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is beefing up border security to prevent weapons and more fighters from entering.