PHOTOS: 27-year-old Nigerian, Anne-Marie Imafidon, receives an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II


Nigeria’s Anne-Marie Imafidon, 27, was decorated by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, with the prestigious honour of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) today, May 19.

Anne-Marie, whose father is from Edo State in Nigeria, was honoured for her services to young women with speciality in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

An MBE is an award given by the Queen to an individual for outstanding service to the community or local hands-on service.

Part of her contributions includes founding Stemettes, a social enterprise which inspires the next generation of women into pursuing careers in STEM.


The enterprise which has attracted over 7000 young women from across the UK, Ireland and Europe has the objective to break barriers among women who pursue a career in the field.





Photo credit: Samantha Imafidon (Twitter)

Stemettes, which also grants awards to young women, has programs, workshops and events designed to introduce young women to STEM careers, concepts, and role models.

Anne-Marie holds the record of being the youngest girl to ever pass two GCSE examinations for Mathematics and Information Technology and A-level computing at the age of 11 in Britain.

Due to her high exceptional brilliance, she received a British Scholarship to study Mathematics at John Hopkins University at the age of 13 in 2003.

At 15, in 2005, she started a degree program at the University of Oxford.

At 17, she started a master’s degree at Oxford University graduating at 19 in June 2010.

Imafidon who became the youngest ever graduate with a master’s degree speaks six languages and has worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers.

She is the older of the Imafidon children who have been dubbed ‘the smartest family in Britain’ as her younger siblings have equally broken records in Mathematics and sports.

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