Referring to himself as “an ordinary street dude,” Akintunde Ahmad is anything but. Called ‘Tunde by friends and family, the teen has a world of opportunities open to him after he graduates from Oakland Tech thanks to his incredible grades and stellar SAT score.
‘Tunde’s GPA is an amazing 5.0 and he scored a 2100 on his SATs. All of this is on top of playing three instruments and baseball.
In the interview with ABC 7 in Oakland, ‘Tunde’s college acceptances were too numerous to list but included Yale, Brown, Columbia, and UCLA. There has also been talk of baseball scholarships.
One of six children, ‘Tunde credits his parents for helping him stay on track:
[box type=”shadow”]“My whole life people have been telling me to stay on this path and everything will fall, the cards will fall like the way you want them to.”[/box]
‘Tunde is also proud of his educational background in Oakland public schools, although he says he’s faced some disbelief of achievements:
[box type=”shadow”]“People looking at me funny is so common that it doesn’t stick out for me anymore. It’s something I’ve gotten used to. . . . I’ll leave this school and there will be teachers who never knew I was one of the people on the honor roll.”[/box]
As reported by SFGATE, ‘Tunde has even had private-school students tell him that his success is due to easy classes and the low academic standards of public schools. Instead of defending his GPA, ‘Tunde shuts them up with his SAT and AP scores.
‘Tunde’s family follows the Rastafarian faith, which is the reason for his dreads. In fact, the teen has never had a haircut. His parents, Zarina (an elementary school principal) and Mubarak Ahmad (a mechanic for AC Transit), have tried to raise their children with good values and keep them out of trouble, while working hard to provide them with a better life.
Mubarek had some wise words for his sons:
[box type=”shadow”]”I’ve always told my boys that it’s very easy to get into trouble, but very hard to get out of it.”[/box]
While ‘Tunde has followed his dad’s advice, he’s also known several people who have been killed and even watched his brother sentenced to prison last year.
[box type=”shadow”]”I could have easily been caught up in that life. You don’t have to be a bad person to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” ‘Tunde said.[/box]
But ‘Tunde’s cards are definitely falling where he wants them to now. He’s still contemplating his decision, but is mostly considering Yale or Brown and intends to study pre-med or pre-law.
Watch ABC 7’s report below: