Twins Secure Oxford And Cambridge University Places With Top Grades
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Twin brothers from London have earned places at Oxford and Cambridge universities after achieving top A-level grades.
18-year old brothers Emmanuel and Ebenezer Boakye got a combined total of six A*s and one A in their A-levels after studying at the Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, east London.
As a result, Emmanuel has been accepted to study English literature at Oxford University, while Ebenezer has gained a place at Cambridge to study Spanish and Russian languages.
Speaking to the BBC, Emmanuel said he was ‘not really processing’ the results yet, but thanked everyone who has supported him and his brother throughout their education.
The brothers said that growing up in a single-parent household in Hackney had made them determined to make something of their lives and ‘make their mum proud’.
Emmanuel said: "It's not really sunk in yet. We've always had people in our corner, our mum and the school, supporting and pushing us to do it."
Emmanuel said he had also been planning on going to study at Cambridge with his brother, until he attended an event by the Oxford University African Caribbean Society, that made him change his mind.
However, despite now going to different universities the pair say there won’t be any sibling rivalry and that they’ll continue to support each other at their different universities.
When asked how they were going to celebrate their achievements, Ebenezer replied that they would probably be keeping it low key and ‘going to Nando's or something’.
The twins’ mum, 58-year-old Victoria Genfi, said: "I can't put into words how proud I am or how wonderful they are.” Having raised the boys and their older sister alone, Ms Genfi said their childhood had been difficult at times but that the family has come a long way.
"I believe that no matter what background you come from, if you push your children and support them through everything, they can achieve anything,” she said.
Ms Genfi, who works at JD Wetherspoon, said she was planning to deliver home-cooked meals to her sons once a month, alternating between the universities.
This year has seen record-breaking results for A-level students, with 44.8% gaining A* or A grades across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This shows a significant improvement on 2020's results which saw 36.5% of students achieving top grades.
Congratulations to Emmanuel and Ebenezer, and the best of luck to them in their university lives!
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