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    Posted: May 22 2014 at 3:17am
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I actually met him 2 weeks ago when he visited my university! Such a sweet kid. My friends and I totally creeped up on him (we're graduate students) and told him that we were proud of his achievements. He seemed really gracious.

 I did ask if he was Nigerian and he said its a bit complicated. He is African American and I think his family maybe/thinks/knows that they are of Nigerian descent amongst other things. Nonetheless, he is bomb and I hope he chooses to come to my school Cool

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"By graduation day, June 11, he should have almost enough to pay for his first year of college."

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More awards, cash for Yale-bound Akintunde Ahmad

Chip Johnson
Published 5:23 pm, Monday, May 19, 2014
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The Oakland Raiders will fling open the doors to their Alameda headquarters gift shop Tuesday and give Oakland Technical High School senior Akintunde Ahmad the shopping spree of a lifetime.

"We want to load him up with Raider products so when he steps onto the Yale campus next fall, he can do it in Raider style," said Mike Taylor, a team spokesman.

What was once a family joke has become reality. Mubarak Ahmad, Akintunde's father, would say, "I want to grow up to be just like 'Tunde."

Now, a lot of people want to be like 'Tunde. Or connect with him. Or take a selfie with him. Anything.

Life has been a whirlwind since the story of the young man from East Oakland with the 5.0 grade-point average and a fistful of admission offers from Ivy League schools hit the Internet.

In the last month, Ahmad has been featured on everything from YouTube videos to national talk shows.

Since I wrote about the academic wunderkind in an April 4 column, he has trended like a member of the Kardashian clan, and has flown from one talk show interview to the next.

He appeared on most of the Bay Area's local news stations and did an interview on MSNBC along with his mother, Zarina, an elementary school principal at Oakland's Piedmont Avenue Elementary School.

By late April, when he appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", Ahmad was comfortable in front of the cameras. When he was introduced, he halted for a quick two-step move before sitting down.

He surprised everyone by announcing on "Ellen" that he would attend Yale University this fall. He then received a surprise of his own: a game-show-size check for $15,000 from Shutterfly, an online photo, card and album company in Redwood City.

The gift came as his parents were scrambling to find a way to come up with nearly $20,000 for the coming school year, their portion of the first-year tuition costs.

The check was the "biggest" cash award, but not the only honor Ahmad has received.

That all of this has happened a month before Ahmad even turned 18 years old has not swelled the young man's head, a characteristic his parents attribute to their son's "old soul." He's a young man with the wisdom of an old man. He took it all in stride.

"I'm kind of surprised by the amount of support (I've received) and how the story took off," Ahmad said in a phone interview on Friday. "I never expected it would be all of this, but I'm definitely embracing it, and I'm glad it happened because it's helped a lot."

Ahmad has also received a $1,500 scholarship from Bay Area restaurant chain Burma Superstar in partnership with the Golden State Warriors. On May 30, he is scheduled to toss out the first pitch at the A's game against the Los Angeles Angels. He has raised $2,500 on his own through a crowdfunding website, GoFundMe. By graduation day, June 11, he should have almost enough to pay for his first year of college.

His airfare and accommodations for his college visits back East to Columbia, Brown and Yale universities were paid for by a donor who has also pledged to help support Ahmad throughout his college career. And Taylor and the Raiders need not worry about Ahmad's clothing options. He may be one of Yale's most fashionable freshmen next year.

In addition to the Raiders, four clothing lines, Pink Dolphin, Creative Class, Benny Gold and Oakland's signature shop, Oaklandish, have given him shirts, hats and gear with an Oakland sign, symbol or name.

Even as his outstanding academic achievements are recognized, Ahmad continues to rack up the trophies.

Ahmad, the Oakland Tech Bulldogs starting center fielder for the last two years, was named Student Athlete of the Year in the Oakland region by the California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for high school sports. The honor included a $2,000 cash award. He is also a candidate for Student Athlete of the Year in the Oakland Athletic League.

He was recognized by the Oakland City Council, which passed a resolution to salute his achievements, and last week attended a mixer held by the Charles Houston Bar Association, an organization made up of African American lawyers, judges and law students from across Northern California.

"I met John Burris," Ahmad said.

I've met him too. He's a nice guy and a wildly successful Oakland defense attorney.

I gotta say: No offense, John, but I remain more impressed with 'Tunde.

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Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

He was on Ellen today and she/Shutterfly gave him a check for $15K.

 
OMG that's awesome! I need to find the link for his fundraiser. I wonder how much he got so far.
 
 
eta: found Ouch less than 2k http://www.gofundme.com/85lma0


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He was on Ellen today and she/Shutterfly gave him a check for $15K.

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Go ahead young brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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oh okay

it must be star against the board, huh?

*petty edit*


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