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12-year-old Nigerian Genius Chika Ofili Honoured For Discovering New Mathematics Formula

A 12-year-old Nigerian boy Chika Ofili has proven his rare mathematics talent by discovering a new way to divide in mathematics and this earned him the TruLittle Hero award.

Chika’s mathematic’s teacher, Miss Mary Ellis who is also the head of the mathematics department at Westminster Under School said Chika discovered the new formula while solving a holiday assignment.

She revealed that she gave Chika a book called First Steps for Problem Solvers (published by the UKMT) to study during the holidays.

The book had several divisibility tests which are used to quickly work out whether a number is exactly divisible by either 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 before you start dividing, but had no easy or memorable test listed for checking divisibility by 7. 

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