Maud Chifamba is 14 years old but she is already studying Accountancy at the University of Zimbabwe. This whiz-kid lost her father nine years ago and her mother passed away last year, leaving her and her two brothers to battle through life. Her brothers being farmers could not afford to send Maud to a formal school, so she had to home school herself and did quite a splendid job with that.
While in Primary school she impressed the teachers so much that they moved her up three classes and took her final primary school exams at the age of nine. She finished her Ordinary Level in two years even after skipping two forms and went on to earn 12 points at her A-Level exams. Speaking about how the death of her parents has affected her, Maud said, “It really motivated me to work harder because there was no one to take care of me except myself in the future”.
Her intelligence is phenomenal and so is her diligence. They have provided her with a four-year scholarship of nearly $10,000 after she excelled at last year’s Advanced Level exams. Maud speaks about life in the University and she says, “I’m really enjoying it. It’s better than what I expected. I’m just enjoying all the lectures.”
According to CNN, Munyaradzi Madambi, dean of students at the University of Zimbabwe, describes Maud as a “very warm and polite young woman,” whose intelligence and maturity shines through.
“(She is) confident, efficacious and unique in the sense that you don’t normally expect this position among kids from underprivileged backgrounds,” he says.
“We are making sure that she grows up to be a well-moulded, mature adult but of course without really suffocating her or putting her under any pressure,” he added.
Maud’s dream is to become an Accountant after graduation. With her determination and brains, the sky is the limit for this talented whizkid.