Nige­rian brothers top Year 9, 10

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Ev­ery 15-year-old stu­dent would prob­a­bly spend their spare time with friends or do things that a nor­mal high school teenager would do. But for a Year 10 stu­dent of Suva Gram­mar School, For­tune Ak­in­remi, he spends his spare time study­ing ro­bots and robotic sys­tems. The lad from Nige­rian yes­ter­day re­ceived the Year 10 prize for his class and the over­all Year 10 top award dur­ing the school’s 2016 an­nual awards in Suva. His younger brother, Blos­som Ak­in­remi, 14, was also awarded the Year 9 top stu­dent prize for his class. “To achieve your dream, you need to start with the small things, at this age I have al­ready set out what I want to be­come in the fu­ture, that is to be a ro­bot­ics en­gi­neer,” For­tune said. “I grew up in an en­vi­ron­ment where sci­ence is in­volved. My fa­ther is in­volved in the med­i­cal field and I have rel­a­tives who are in that field too, but I want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent like ro­bot­ics en­gi­neer­ing, some­thing out of the or­di­nary.” For­tune said sci­ence sub­jects were his favourite in school and he hopes to ex­cel in them while he works to­wards be­com­ing a ro­bot­ics en­gi­neer in the fu­ture. He said Fiji was no dif­fer­ent from Nige­ria as the weather and the peo­ple were quite sim­i­lar. Apart from his school work, For­tune said he would take time out re­search­ing and study­ing ro­bots. “I love ro­bots that is why I spend my spare time study­ing them and this is one way to keep me fo­cused,” he said. He hopes to de­sign ro­bots and robotic sys­tems that would one day sub­sti­tute hu­man labour, which would be­come handy in this mod­ern so­ci­ety.

His fa­ther is cur­rently an As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Medicine, Nurs­ing and Health Sci­ence. Pro­fes­sor Ay­o­dele Ak­in­remi said it was a proud day for their fam­ily to see their sons ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally in an en­vi­ron­ment they were to­tally new to. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Proud mother Abi­ola Ak­in­remi, For­tune and Blos­som Ak­in­remi and fa­ther Pro­fes­sor Ay­o­dele Ak­in­remi at the school’s prize­giv­ing yes­ter­day.

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