The Pathetic Story Of A Young First-Class Mathematician Languishing On a Farmland In Ebonyi State (Photo)


By Thandiubani

A genius mathematician who graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka with firstclass is currently languishing at a farm in Ebonyi. 

A 27-year-old Nigerian genius who graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka with a firstclass in Mathematics and now wasting away cultivating cassava at a farm in Ebonyi state has left many people speechless.

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Read the full story as shared by TheCable:

In some countries, Emmanuel Nworie, a first-class mathematics graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, would have used his knowledge to advance the prospects of his country, either in an academic environment or information technology sector. But the genius is wasting away on a farmland in Ebonyi state.

Had it been mechanised farming, Nworie would have, no doubt, made use of his skill effectively. But in a modern age, the scholar relies on hoe and cutlass for subsistence farming. The life journey of Nworie, who graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.92/5.00, is chronicled in an article shared by Michael Taiwo, a US-based Nigerian and sponsor of MT Scholarships.

Nworie had applied for the second edition of the scholarship which provides support for payment of graduate school application fees and TOEFL, GRE/GMAT — examinations required by candidates seeking admissions abroad.


The 27-year-old lost his father to diabetes and hypertension when he was in secondary school, and since his father’s demise in 2005, life has been challenging, making it difficult for him to proceed with his education.

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According to the report, he took a job teaching mathematics “to grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 at the secondary school he finished from where he had the honor of being awarded the Best Mathematics Olympiad teacher in the State. His salary was $33.33 per month.


“Emmanuel lives with his mom and seven siblings in a house that is not hooked to the electric grid, doesn’t have indoor plumbing, has no address, and you need to walk a mile from it to get cellular coverage. Widowed, his mom took to cultivating cassava on the land their dad left behind. She also farms other people’s lands for a return of some of the harvest. It’s the type of arrangement only people without options take.”

Taiwo narrated how Nworie saved some part of his $400 (N185,000) per year teaching job to obtain education in a polytechnic where he studied statistics.

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During his one-year internship after his polytechnic studies, he took other teaching jobs and saved more money till he was able to fund his university education.

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