GB About: Rachel Riley Publish: 12/21/2021 Edit: 12/21/2021 Author: Gardener
Countdown viewers have defended the quiz show's first black host after she was targeted by racist trolls on social media who claimed Channel 4 picked her for her skin color rather than her references. Anne-Marie Imafidon, 31, who was born in London to Nigerian parents, is temporarily replacing Rachel Riley on Channel 4's Countdown while the TV host is on maternity leave because of the birth of her second child. Elected most influential woman in IT in the UK in 2020, mathematician Anne-Marie made history as the youngest graduate of a Masters degree from Oxford at age 19 and graduated from high school as a computer scientist at just 11. She speaks six languages and worked for banks like Goldman Sachs before founding Stemettes to help women pursue careers in the STEM field. Despite her performances, viewers had to defend her from racists who claimed she was given a part in the countdown to tick "boxes". Kanal 4 announced on Twitter that Anne-Marie will join Countdown on Monday December 13th. They shared a snap of Anne-Marie on the set of the show, writing, “TODAYS EPISODE… The amazing @aimafidon will be joining our countdown family for 60 episodes - stopping necklaces and some good old-fashioned arithmetic. Monday, December 13, 2021 - Channel 4 - 2:10 p.m. GMT. ' The post garnered over 300 likes while a number of separate threads surfaced where people debated the choice of who to host the channel. Among the backlash, one person wrote, "Something tells me that there are politically progressive motives behind the replacement of Rachel Riley." Another said, "That poor woman must be terrible to know that you didn't get the job because of your intelligence alone, but that the main reason was your skin color." Led the commentators, Dawn Butler MP, who defended Anne-Marie by listing her formidable qualifications, saying, “Before assuming anything negative based on someone's skin color, do your research. 2 A-Levels at 11, with 20 Masters degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford. It's incredible, incredible women like Dr. See Anne-Marie Imafidon on a major TV channel. "There is so much racist crying that Dr. Imafidon is on the countdown and it would be stupid enough even if she wasn't a real genius," said a third. Another added, “If you've attended a government school, you have to be incredibly talented (like Anne-Marie Imafidon) or incredibly lucky to make it in public life. Anne-Marie was born in Barking, London, and is the eldest daughter of Professor Chris Imafidon, an ophthalmologist who emigrated from Nigeria and was responsible for promoting his daughter's lost talent. All five of his children have broken age records for educational qualifications, passed GCSEs by the age of six, and studied at universities such as Oxford and Harvard. Anne-Marie, 31, graduated from high school at the age of 11; Christiana, 28, passed GCSE math when she was nine; Samantha, 24, passed GCSEs in math and statistics at age six; while twins Paula and Peter, 21 years old, passed GCSE math at the age of six and high school graduation at the age of seven. During her time at St Savior Church Church of England Primary School, which is now an Academy for Converters, Anne-Marie achieved two A-Levels: math and computer science. She was the youngest girl to ever pass the computer science exam. In 2003, at the age of 13, she received a scholarship to study mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. Two years later she was admitted to a course by the University of Oxford. At the age of 17 she began a master's degree in mathematics and computer science, which she completed before she was 20. She is the youngest graduate of a Masters degree. In addition to her exceptional mathematical talent, Anne-Marie has learned languages and speaks six fluently. Professor Imafidon promoted sibling rivalry, awarded medals when his children were successful, and helped them learn computer games. After graduating from Oxford, Anne-Marie wrote an enviable résumé including positions at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank. Nine years ago she founded Stemettes, an award-winning social initiative dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of young women in the STEM fields.
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