- Young Maud Chifamba became the youngest African to enter university at 14
- Maud overcame her poverty and difficult situation and empowered herself
- She graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with honours
Maud Chifamba is very inspirational young woman. She is the youngest university student in all of Africa. She was entered into the book of African Records for this accomplishment.
Maud entered into university at the age when other girls are starting still deciding if they want to be singers or actresses.
Maud didn't have a privileged or even comfortable life. She lost her parents at a very young age. Her step-brother took care of her, but he could not fill the void that they're parents left.
But Maud did not allow this to bring her down and she overcame her sorrow by studying extremely hard.
It really motivated me to work harder because there was no one to take care of me except myself in the future.
She took the teachers by surprise with her intelligence. During a grade 3 test she was mistakenly handed a grade 4 paper. Instead of failing miserably, Maud got full marks for the test.
Maud believed in herself and during the next term she asked for a grade 5 test. No one thought she was serious, but she was given the paper anyway.
She got the highest score on the test.
Maud's teachers were immensely impressed and she quickly advanced to grade 7 at the age of 10.
Maud's brothers were farmers and could not provide for her to go to school. So Maud taught herself.
Instead of giving up because life was treating her so harshly, Maud rose from the ashes like a glorious phoenix.
Maud's hard work and dedication got noticed by the Ministry of Education and she was awarded financial assistance to do her schooling.
It did not take long for her to be noticed internationally and thanks to that she also received a scholarship worth more than R127 000 from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.
Maud went on to study accounting at the University of Zimbabwe where she graduated with distinctions.
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This inspiring young lady was 5th on the Top 100 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa list by Forbes.
She was appointed as 2018 Ambassador for Deloitte Africa and shared the happy news on Facebook.
A video in honour of Maud has been created and shows just what this young girl achieved:
What an inspirational young lady with a strikingly bright future!
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