Meet the 17 year-old Akintunde Ahmad, a student at Oakland Tech in Oakland, Calif., who achieved a 5.0 GPA and 2,100 on the SAT. He as been accepted to three Ivy League schools Yale, Brown, Columbia and other prestigious universities like Northwestern, University of Southern California, UCLA, Howard, Chapman, Cal Poly and Cal State East Bay, and has been waitlisted by University of California Berkeley and Georgetown. He describes himself as an ordinary street dude but it is evdent that Akintunde is extaordinary.
Surprisingly, people do not believe Akintunde’s excellent academic performance because of his street style dressing and dreadlocks. Therefore Akintunde has his grades on his phone
as a proof to those who doubt his academic talents because of his looks. He’ not only an expert in his studies, he also plays three instruments and is also an outstanding baseball player.
He is one out of six children in his family and has been exposed to shootings and the street life; Akintunde could have decided to thread the paths of the streets but decided to pursue his academics passionately. His older brother Azeem was sentenced to 41 months in prison in March 2013 after he was caught carrying guns in a federal sting operation in 2012. The star-student said two months before the sting operation he had declined an invitation from his brother to hang out at a friend’s house, because he had to complete and essay for school. Five people were later shot at the house including his brother who was shot twice.
“I could have easily been caught up in that life. You don’t have to be a bad person to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
Go Tunde, omo Naija… I can’t stop celebrating young people like Tunde, truly inspiring. African-Amerixans have been making us proud, just last week Kwesi Aana was celebrated for being accepted into 8 Ivy League universities and today it’s Akintunde Ahmad.