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6-year-old genius kid gains admission to Oxford university, becomes the youngest ever African admitted to UK university

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6-year-old Joshua Beckford of Nigerian origin has set a new record as the youngest person ever accepted into Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Joshua Beckford was accepted to study Philosophy and History in the institution.

Despite having Autism, Joshua Peckford is a genius and one of the most brilliant minds in the world. At 10 months old, his father, Knox Daniel discovered that Joshua is not a typical boy after observing that he had memorized and understood letters on a computer keyboard just by sitting with him.

By the time Joshua was two years old, he could read fluently using phonics and could speak Japanese. Joshua narrated that by the time he was four years old, he could play with his laptop and pull out body organs using a simulator.

Marvelled by his great intellectual capacity, his father knew he his son’s brain was too advanced for a standard curriculum. He, therefore, homeschooled him and later wrote to Oxford University to see if he could participate in a philosophy course for bright children between the age of eight and thirteen.

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At the time, Joshua was 6 years old but was accepted to study Philosophy and History at the prestigious University of Oxford in England. He became the youngest person admitted to the university and later graduated with distinctions in both courses.

“Since the age of four, I was on my dad’s laptop and it had a body simulator where I would pull out organs. I want to save the earth. I want to change the world and change people’s ideas to doing the right things about earth,” Joshua said.

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JAMB RELEASES DATES FOR 2024 UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said the registration for its 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, begins on January 15, 2024 and ends on February 16, 2024.

Similarly, the board, in a statement on Wednesday, said it fixed March 7, 2024 for its MOCK-UTME, while the main UTME will be held from April 19 to 29, 2024.

In the statement released by its spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, the board explained that the dates were fixed “based on the series of recommendations emanating from a two-day Information Technology (IT) and Management Retreat held between 26th and 28th, November 2023.”

According to JAMB, “Candidates are expected to print their examination slips from 10th April 2024.”

The statement read in full: “Based on the series of recommendations emanating from a two-day Information Technology (IT) and Management Retreat held between 26th and 28th, November 2023, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed 15th January to 26th February 2024, for the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, application document.

“Meanwhile, 7th March 2024, has been slated for the 2024 MOCK-UTME, while the main UTME will hold from 19th to 29th April 2024.

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“Candidates are expected to print their examination slips as from 10th April 2024.

Candidates are enjoined to take note of these dates and other advisories issued by the Board in relation to the administration of the examination.

“They are also to visit the Board’s website www.jamb gov.ng for any other information.”

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OSUN STATE UNIVERSITY ALERTS JOB SEEKERS ON FAKE JOB VACANCIES

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The Management of Osun State University has disowned a viral advertisement circulating on social media claiming to be vacancies for both academic and nonacademic staff vacancies in the University. 

A statement issued by the University’s Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji, stated that the University’s advertisements are not placed on social media but placed in the National dailies. The statement reads, “The attention of the Management of Osun State University has been drawn to the message circulating in various social media platforms that the University is embarking on massive job recruitment into the academic and nonacademic positions.

UNIOSUN alerts job seekers on fake job vacancies

“We hereby state categorically that the University is not currently recruiting and the general public should disregard and ignore the advertisement as it is likely to be an old advertisement. “The fraudulent advertisement is just another means to defraud the unsuspecting public. “Furthermore, it presupposes that whoever brings such old advertisement back to circulation has a motive of misleading and misinforming the public for his/her selfish interests.

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“To this end, the Management of Osun State University wishes to reiterate that there is currently no massive recruitment into the University. “The advertisement is Fake in its entirety and should be ignored by the general public,” Adesoji added.

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AFIT TO COMMENCE DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE

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It was cheery news for the Management of the Institute on the 27th of November, 2023 when the Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology, Air Vice Marshal Sani Labaran Rabe disclosed that the Air Force Institute of Technology will soon commence its degree Programme in Aircraft Maintenance.

AVM Rabe stated this during the collaborative visit of the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) to AFIT. CATIC, a Chinese state-owned defence company involved in aviation technology came to seek areas of collaboration with the Institute. According to AVM Rabe, AFIT had plans to provide infrastructure which would be fully equipped before the next academic session beginning in September, 2024.

AFIT to commence degree programmes in Aircraft Maintenance

He added that AFIT was highly suitable and capable of entering into a staff exchange programme for the benefit of both entities. He however remarked that it was imperative for AFIT staff to first assess the quality of aircraft and mechatronic equipment available in China to know if what was available fits into the needs of the Institute. Earlier, the leader of the Chinese delegation and Chief Representative of CATIC Nigeria, Mr Lioa Xun had stated that the visit was to assess the facilities in AFIT in order to establish a vocational technical centre where aircraft maintenance would be domesticated for the benefit of both countries.

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He added that among the members of the Chinese entourage were Professor Ma Chao and Professor Wang Cheng Hao from Chendu Aeronautic Polytechnic which was the best Polytechnic in China in the area of aircraft research. The visit afforded both parties the opportunity to assess the course curricula of each school with a view to finding areas of collaboration and possible signing of Memorandum of Understanding. It would be recalled that AFIT is the only accredited institution of higher learning in Nigeria that offers degrees under the National Universities Commission and diplomas under the National Board for Technical Education.

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Prominent among the Commandant’s team were the Deputy Commandant, AVM AO Shoghanmu; Provost, Professor Mahmoud Dauda; Registrar, Air Cdre MS Lawal; Dean, Centre for Technical and Vocational Training, Gp Capt OG Alabi; Liaison Officer, Gp Capt MH Akpan; and Director of Administration, Gp Capt JG Mudutgap. Others in CATIC team were Zhao Lue, Luo Xiao and Mr Wu Si.

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