LITTLE GENIUS
YOU South Africa|27 January 2022
British tot Isaiah Gyamfi is stunning the world with his incredible aptitude for numbers and languages
LESEGO MKHIZE

MOST of his friends find it a challenge to count to 10 and are more in­terested in chewing their books than actu­ ally reading them – and that’s why British tot Isaiah Gyamfiis so extraordinary.

At age two he can read, write, and even solve maths problems that might have adults reaching for their calculators.

He can speak English, French, Italian, and Spanish as well as Twi and Yoruba – two indigenous African languages – and is now also teaching himself Japa­nese. It took him only 24 hours to learn how to count to 40 in the language sim­ ply by watching a YouTube video.

There’s no doubt the little boy is talented. Isaiah, whose parents are originally from Ghana and Jamaica but are now based in London, discovered the numeracy video while watching educational clips on his mother’s phone.

“He listened to it once and was fixated,” his mom, Jazelle (30), recalls. “He asked to watch it again, then before I knew it he would recite the numbers back to back.”

From the tender age of five months the little brainbox was already astounding his mom with his hunger for knowledge.

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