#BlackBrilliance Meet Nigeria’s Whizz-kid Chika Ofili: He unearthed a significant Mathematical formula to help make learning easier

One thing you can’t take away from Nigerians – brilliance! All over the world her citizens are soaring high and impacting various fields and we couldn’t be any more proud.

In 2019 at age 12 Chika Ofili, a Nigerian based in the UK graced massive headlines across the globe, writing his name in the world’s history books as a genius all thanks to his amazing discovery which will help make learning maths much more easier.

It all started following a holiday assignment given to Chike by his teacher Mary Ellis, Head of mathematics at Westminster Under School in London. Ms. Ellis had given him a book – “First Step for Problem Solvers.” The book contained several division problems. While on it, he discovered the book didn’t contain a memorable test for dividing by 7, and came up a formula for Divisibility in mathematics called Chika Test, backed with algebraic proof. Chile achieved his formula by taking the last digit of any whole number, multiplying it by 5, and before adding it to the remaining part of the number to generate a whole new number.

Chika Test helps easily identify numbers that can be divided by 7. In recognition of his effort for coming up with a new mathematical formula he was awarded the 2019 prestigious TruLittle Hero Award in the leadership category. The TrueLittle Hero award honours genius under the age of 17 in the UK. His profile on trulittlehero.com reads that “… he discovered a formula for Divisibility in mathematics called Chika Test which classify [him] as a Child Genius.”

Chika Ofili was born to Nigerian parents, – Ogochukwu Ofili (father) and Nma Ofili (mother).

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