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Throwback: Remember Nigeria’s Nkemehule Karl Omebere-Iyari Who Got His PhD At Age 22?

In 2006, a young exceptional Nigerian identified as  Nkemehule Karl Omebere-Iyari made Nigerians proud  by earning his PhD at the age of 22, making  him the youngest  Nigerian to attain this feat. His story went viral then and he is still being referred to an epitome of outstanding academic success till date.

Omebere-Iyari, is the son of Mr. James Omebere Iyari, the former Central Bank’s Deputy Director, and Banking Operations who hails Delta state.

Though Nkemehule Karl Omebere-Iyari was born into an affluent family, he made the decision to graduate with outstanding academic results by stay focusing on his goals.

Having attempted the Cambridge GCE O’ level examination, at the age of 14, in June 1998 and scoring six credits, , Omebere-Iyari at the end of his Senior Secondary education at the King’s College, Lagos, while he was 16 had eight As, including five A1s but he never got his UME scores.

The results of the examination, which he wrote at a centre in Epe, Lagos were cancelled along with others in that centre. But since he did well in the Cambridge O’ and A’ levels, as well as the SAT and TOEFL, where he scored over 80 and 90 percent respectively, his family decided that he should go to the UK. At the age of 19 in 2003, he scored A in all three Graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering becoming the best graduating student in Chemical Engineering in the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Omebere-Iyari bagged a PhD in Chemical Engineering, a degree which he completed in a record time of 36 months, straight from his first degree with a EU Grant of 17, 000 per year for the three years.

Since graduation, Omebere-Iyari  has worked with many multinational corporations such as Shell, Halliburton, etc. He has also earned an MBA with distinction from INSEAD/Wharton, and is a member of many professional groups. He is a constant source of inspiration to lot of young people who aspire to be great in wherever they do.

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