By Andrew Scot Bolsinger
The truly surprising thing, however, is that Wilfred is just 11 years old, according to published reports. Wilfred scored 162, placing him in the top 1 percent of all those scored in the U.K.
“I can’t begin to compare myself to these great men whose hard work clearly proves that they are true geniuses,” Wilfred said. “Who knows? Perhaps my ‘true genius’ moment will come when I grow up, but for now I am just proud of myself and happy that my mum and sister are proud of me too.”
Ramarni’s mother Anthea realized early on there was something special about her son.
“By the time he was three he could read and write and from 18 months we discussed the news and his favorite book was an encyclopedia,” his mother said.
Ramarni was part of the gifted and talented program, an academic plan to develop the abilities of more able pupils, as well as the Brilliant Club, a program for those aged 10-16 who come from less privileged backgrounds, held at St Anthony’s Primary School, in Upton Avenue, Forest Gate, the Rumford Record reported.
Wilfred was invited to a graduation ceremony at Oxford University after writing an essay then he was then invited to take an IQ test at Birbeck University.
“I was surprised and very happy when I read the results of my IQ test as I didn’t feel very confident after completing the test,” he said. “I was the youngest person there and some people looked in their 40s.”
Mensa’s chief executive, John Stevenage said he was pleased to welcome the child to the elite club.
“We hope he will enjoy being part of the society and interacting with fellow members,” Stevenage said.
As a member, Ramarni will now be invited to exclusive events and will be able to mix with people of his own age with the same interests as himself.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter