Charles Mbena: Self-taught 6-year-old boy praised as mathematics genius

Charles Mbena: Self-taught 6-year-old boy praised as mathematics genius

- In a YouTube video, six-year-old Charles Mbena revealed that he has always been in love with numbers and no one taught him

- The last born in a family of four added that his elder siblings sometimes come to him for help with mathematics

- Asked what he would tell President John Magufuli if he met him one on one, he said he had nothing in mind

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Charles Mathias Mbena is a young mathematics genius who hails from one of the remotest parts of Morogororo, Tanzania.

6-year-old Tanzanian boy praised as a mathematics genius, says no-one taught him
The 6-year-old has been praised online as a mathematics genius. Photo: Ayo TV. Source: YouTube.
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Mbena came into the limelight when his teacher shared a video of him answering Mathematics questions with ease, even those that seemed too advanced for his age.

The last born in a family of four is a kindergarten pupil at Nyingwa Primary School, having only been in school for two months.

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He looks at becoming a teacher of mathematics in future because he can tell that, even at that tender age, numerical knowledge is his forte.

In a YouTube video, Mbena revealed that his numerical prowess is self-taught, that not even his teacher Sophia taught him.

"So, how did you know to count if no one taught you?" asked the YouTuber.
"I just count with the help of my fingers. I know that I have 10 fingers and 10 toes, which is the first figure of 20 around me," he said.

He went ahead to explain that despite being the youngest in the family, his elder siblings sometimes come to him for help with mathematics questions.

The light moment in the interview was when Mbena was asked what he would tell the president if he met him one on one.

"I would just greet him," he said.
"Apart from greetings, what else would you request of him?" prodded the interviewer.

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"I have no idea what else I would tell him," the young man maintained.
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