Academically Gifted Teen from Zimbabwe and Morehouse Senior, Prince Abudu, Selected as 2016 International Rhodes Scholar

Morehouse College Senior Selected to 2016 International Rhodes Scholar Class
Morehouse College Senior Selected to 2016 International Rhodes Scholar Class

We’re approaching graduation season and one local college student has come a very long way. 

Prince Abudu is a Morehouse senior from Zimbabwe.

And while he didn’t start with much, his hard work and determination has now drawn international recognition.

“I didn’t know I would be here. I couldn’t even imagine it. It’s just been phenomenal.”

Growing up on a small farm in Chegutu, Zimbabwe in southern Africa, little Prince Abudu’s primary focus was on survival.

His single mother made just $40 dollars every two weeks.

“She would go to the market in the morning and get a lot of citrus fruits that she would sell for a profit of 40 or 50 dollars. Bearing in mind that my fees are over 600 dollars, she had to do this several times.”

Still, she insisted that her academically gifted son attend boarding school. It was his best shot at success.

“I couldn’t be irresponsible. I didn’t have that choice. It was built into my character because I wanted to change the situation for my family.”

His youthful determination, disciplined work ethic and flawless academic records didn’t go unnoticed.

A foundation called “Higher Life” offered to sponsor his college studies and supplied airfare to a faraway place called “Atlanta.”

“I had never left the continent or been on a plane before so everything was a new experience for me.”

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Source: Fox 5 Atlanta