Philip has also lived in many places as a child growing up. He has lived in Akure, Saple, Forcados, Burutu, Uromi, Agbor and Onitsha (all in Nigeria).
Philip is a Nigerian computer scientist at the University of Michigan.
Although Philip grew up as a poor Nigerian, in America he is spoken of
as "the Bill Gates in Africa" and his personal wealth has been estimated
in the millions.
When he was 10, growing up in western Nigeria, Emeagwali was drilled daily by his father to solve 100 math problems in one hour. There was no time to write solutions on a piece of paper -- he had 36 seconds per problem. So Emeagwali did them in his head. Emeagwali, whose IQ is too high to be measured on conventional tests, says "People later called me a mathematical genius, but you would be a genius, too, if you had to do 100 math problems in an hour," he said.
Philip now is extremely successful, he has a beautiful family and a wonderful job. Philip has also won some awards such as America's most influential prize for computing genius --- the Gordon Bell Prize --- for writing the formula that would enable a computer to make 3.1 billion calculations a second. The formula enabled the American oil industry to tap into huge reserves of underground oil, and contributed billions of dollars to the government's oil exploration programs.
Here are some links and sources of where I got my information from.
Philip's Web page
Scientists of the African Diaspora