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Reading: Ruth Gyan: The Brilliant Girl who Bagged Degree In Mathematics at age 17
Reading: Ruth Gyan: The Brilliant Girl who Bagged Degree In Mathematics at age 17

Ruth Gyan: The Brilliant Girl who Bagged Degree In Mathematics at age 17

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Ruth Gyan: The Brilliant Girl who Bagged Degree In Mathematics at age 17
Ruth Gyan: The Brilliant Girl who Bagged Degree In Mathematics at age 17

Ruth Gyan, a young brilliant Ghanian teen has scripted a record that seems to stay unbroken for a very long time as she bagged her degree in Mathematics at the age of 17.

Despite her extraordinary feat, she is extremely in dire need of a miracle to pursue her master’s degree in the US.

The Ghanaian girl who still holds the record of being the youngest ever student admitted into a tertiary institution is on the verge of losing her admission to pursue a master’s degree programme. According to who spoke with Ruth’s father, he said his daughter has been successfully enrolled in at the New Mexico University in Albuquerque, USA to study a master’s programme in Computer and Optical (Fibre Optics) Engineering.

However, the young lady who is now 18 years and is the only teenager the American university has ever admitted in its history for a master’s degree, is currently unable to undertake the programme due to a lack of funds.

Her father, Kwadwo Gyan-Darkwa, a tutor at a senior high school in Kumasi, reveals that the Minister of Education who earlier promised to help Ruth explained that the scholarship programmes available do not cover schools in the United States.

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However, the information has come at a time when the admission has already been procured, leaving Ruth with no option but to hope for external assistance to foot the $46,000 required to start her programme.

For now, she has begun her course online, but the 18-year-old could have the admission revoked if she is unable to raise her fees by the end of the first semester.

“The admission has already been offered and it is late to decline and go look for another admission elsewhere. We cannot disappoint her. If we even get half the support, it will help her as the university has also promised to help her access some scholarship to support her studies,” Ruth’s father says.

Though the young girl does not deserve this her story is one that is inspirational and has so far broken all boundaries to set the bars high. Salone Messenger only wishes her all the best in her educational journey.


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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.