The Queen Elizabeth II has honored Nigerian born Anne-Marie Imafidon with the prestigious Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
27-year-old Anne-Marie whose father is from Edo State in Nigeria was honored for her services to young women with specialty in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Part of her contributions include founding Stemettes, a social enterprise which inspires the next generation of women into pursuing careers in STEM in 2013.
Anne-Marie holds the record of being the youngest girl to ever pass two GCSE examinations for Mathematics and Information Technology and A-level computing at the age of 11 in Britain.
Due to her exceptional brilliance, she received a British Scholarship to study Mathematics at John Hopkins University at the age of 13 in 2003. At 15, in 2005, she started a degree program at the University of Oxford. And at 17, she started a master’s degree at Oxford University graduating at 19 in June 2010.
Imafidon who became the youngest ever graduate with a master’s degree speaks six languages and has worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers.
She is the older of the Imafidon children who have been dubbed ‘the smartest family in Britain’ as her younger siblings have equally broken records in Mathematics and sports.
Imafidon’s rather unique achievements at a young age have stood her out as a person to watch out for by the British press.
She was named on Evening Standard’s list of ’25 under 25s’ and a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’.
She was also the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013.
MBE is an award given by the Queen to an individual for outstanding service to the community or local hands on service.