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Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Boyoorisha: 10:55pm On Jan 24, 2013
[Shafay Thobani, 8, youngest IT prodigy]




KARACHI: Shafay Thobani, an eight-year-old child has won the honour of being the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Geo News reported.

Born on March 13, 2004, Shafay grew interested in computers ever since he was a baby.

On April 9, 2012, Shafay appeared in the Prometric test and secured 91 per cent marks, thus making him the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Training Specialist (MCTS) at the age of eight years and 24 days.

The young man is certified professional in Microsoft Windows 7 Configuration and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. Before appearing in the exam, he remained under training of Microsoft certified trainers for 13 months.

His trainer Faisal Durrani said it was a challenge for him to teach complicated concepts such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Internet Protocol (IP) address to a child as young as Shafay. “So we split the 40-hour course designed for grown-up IT specialists into 13 months for the child. We taught him by giving him easy examples in order to grasp the concepts. Teaching him for three to four hours everyday, we would also allow him breaks to let him be the normal kid that he is, swimming, playing football or rollerblading,” said Mr Durrani.

Speaking of the boy’s main areas of interest, Shafay’s father Dr. Shah Thobani said he liked network and communication programming. “He has already completed 65 per cent of Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization, too,” he added.

“Shafay was born in 2004, the same year Arfa was declared the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine. Arfa was an inspiration for us and I hope that Shafay, too, would be a role model for more children to show their tremendous achievements,” Dr Thobani said.

Shafay said, “I am proud of myself and I will work for Pakistan in any

In 2008, a 9-year-old girl from India achieved certification and reports surfaced that she was the youngest. Another girl who was from Pakistan -- and sadly passed away in January at the age of 16 -- had been certified in 2005 when she was 9 years old.

New record or not, Shafay notes on his website that his life dreams include helping the poor people of his country, and meeting Bill Gates. He is also open to being hired as a consultant.

Shafay said, “I am proud of myself and I will work for Pakistan in any way possible.”

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-58305-Shafay-Thobani-IT-prodigy

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Nobody: 7:59am On Jan 25, 2013
Nice cool
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Nobody: 8:00am On Jan 25, 2013
Nigerian own na
- young girl speaks in tongues and preaches

Other countries dey arrange their future well.. Our govt still dey hustle to fix power..

E go beta, congrats to the young fella..

EDIT: his claim to being the youngest might be bogus..

Shafay Thobani, an
eight-year-old Pakistani, claimed to
be the world’s youngest Microsoft
Certified Technology Specialist
(MCTS) during a press conference
on Tuesday. However, ProPakistani
reported on Wednesday that the
title is nothing but a self-
proclamation.

During the press conference at the
Marriot Hotel, Shafay, wearing a two-
piece suit was flanked by his family
members and a trainer, and was
seated at the centre of the stage with
his feet dangling from his chair.

But when ProPakistani contacted
Microsoft regarding the claim, it was
confirmed that Shafay’s certification
is legitimate, but surprisingly the
claim of being the world’s youngest
MCTS could not be verified as
Microsoft does not count the age of its
professionals.

On the one hand, ProPakistani
claimed that Shafay’s guardians went
a “step ahead” to hire a PR agency to
organise the press conference to
“push their son to the media” rather
than pulling the media, while on the
other hand, Shafay’s father said that
the family was hiding this from the
media that Shafay is attempting to
become the world’s youngest MCTS.
“But now when he has finally got
through the certification successfully,
this is worth celebrating,” said Dr
Shah Thobani. “Today I stand here
not as a father, but as a proud
Pakistani.”

According to ProPakistani, Microsoft
is worried about these self-
proclaimed child prodigies, who have
been surfacing very often now –
some of them even being fake.

When contacted by ProPakistani, a
Microsoft official said that the
company has already ‘disowned’
Shafay for his claim of being the
“world’s youngest MCTS” and also
announced that Microsoft does not
keep track of ages of its certified
professionals.

Link: tribune.com.pk/story/406713/shafay-thobani-worlds-youngest-mcts-or-self-proclaimed-child-prodigy/

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Goldenheart(m): 8:03am On Jan 25, 2013
nice to meet you... kid











btw...............32C. (3rd to comment)
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by DJDOLA(m): 8:04am On Jan 25, 2013
Mtchhewwww...make una come nigeria come see as talent dey waste..a 5 years old nigeria boy can repair radio and tv...without learning it oooo

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by CollinsRoy: 8:05am On Jan 25, 2013
Congrats Kid, let's hope Bill doesn't use u 4 sumtin else
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by IleIfe2(m): 8:07am On Jan 25, 2013
Collins Roy: Congrats Kid, let's hope Bill doesn't use u 4 sumtin else
cheesy cheesy

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Nobody: 8:07am On Jan 25, 2013
Indians/Pakistani's are really going hard at ICT. We Nigerians have a very long way to go.
Internet accessibility and penetration is still poor. Computer literacy rate is still very low.
We are generally backward. Not even enough power supply to power computers and other tech gadgets.
***sighs***

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Nobody: 8:09am On Jan 25, 2013
woooooooooww!!...congrats to the young lad.


It aint easy.i wish this could be the kinda of news that will be trending on NL's front page rather than evils perpertuated by boko haram, murders and all other societal ills that has eaten deep into the fabrics of our society

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by eherbal(m): 8:10am On Jan 25, 2013
Impressed,but under the same healthy circumstance,the Nigerian kid would've done better.grin

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by VellyG(m): 8:14am On Jan 25, 2013
To pass MCTS at this age shows he's really a guru
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by OmolodMilkman93(m): 8:15am On Jan 25, 2013
I was a child prodigy in my sec skul days too, until uniport pharmacy killed me,

he is cute BTW,
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by DJDOLA(m): 8:16am On Jan 25, 2013
Brand_new: Indians/Pakistani's are really going hard at ICT. We Nigerians have a very long way to go.
Internet accessibility and penetration is still poor. Computer literacy rate is still very low.
We are generally backward. Not even enough power supply to power computers and other tech machines.
***sighs***


but I thout they said one nigeria guy is among people dat creat computerm.niger got talent ooo
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Nobody: 8:17am On Jan 25, 2013
e-herbal:
Impressed,but under the same healthy circumstance,the Nigerian kid would've done better.grin

So true. Give us stable power supply and technology infrastructures, and you'll be amazed of kids ability in IT....
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Nobody: 8:21am On Jan 25, 2013
Imagine.... The article even called him a "young man".

Very impressive.
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by DonTim1: 8:23am On Jan 25, 2013
dont underestimate d power of dumps too. those concept win7 n ws08r2 are not for 8yrars old, even peeps with years of experience still dont grasp it all. congrats to d kid though
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by neksummi(m): 8:23am On Jan 25, 2013
That's great!
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Nobody: 8:25am On Jan 25, 2013
What was i doing at 8?...*muses*ermm...i was 'chasing' my neighbour's daughter then

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Symphony007: 8:26am On Jan 25, 2013
Meanwhile in nigeria most teens want to be musicians...an educational career is taking a back seat to ghastly music!! We really need to address this perception "some" teens are learning and are actually seeing of "some" artiste droping out from school to do music and make money. It makes "some" teens ask themeselves why they have to go to school..i'm not saying this is rampant but it's there and creeping futher.

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by chidexy(m): 8:28am On Jan 25, 2013
Brand_new: Indians/Pakistani's are really going hard at ICT. We Nigerians have a very long way to go.
Internet accessibility and penetration is still poor. Computer literacy rate is still very low.
We are generally backward. Not even enough power supply to power computers and other tech machines.
***sighs***

You blame the parents. An average Nigerian parent would probably prefer to buy one or more cars before (if at all they do consider it) thinking of owning a computer. And when they do purchase one, the kids are forbidden to use it. In most of these countries, parents buy their kids computers at a very young age and they grow up exploring its functionalities.

How many Nigerian Students (at all levels) own their own computer? But most would likely have phones that cost as much as a scaled down computer
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by wellmax(m): 8:36am On Jan 25, 2013
An eight year old just made records in Nigeria too.....







She is pregnant.
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Onlinebiz2012: 8:41am On Jan 25, 2013
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by KINGwax(m): 8:47am On Jan 25, 2013
Jes help them bring down america's defence network in 2minutes. U shld be groomed for a purpose.
Congrats though
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Bolt2011(m): 8:48am On Jan 25, 2013
Work for Pakistan, hmmm? I hope it won't be in the area of terrorism grin

Anyway congrats Shafay; a challenge to Africa
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by alaladakosta(f): 9:03am On Jan 25, 2013
at that age i play suwe non stop till nigth before settling down to watch willi willi don die.nice one though.happy for him.
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by DWJOBScom(m): 9:03am On Jan 25, 2013
Trust me naija IT gurus exist!!! They are silently working on something big and will soon pop up. Most of them are tugged in somewhere slaving and working for one firm or the other to survive but slowly doing their thing.....patiently wait for and believe in Nigeria
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by Bolt2011(m): 9:05am On Jan 25, 2013
e-herbal:
Impressed,but under the same healthy circumstance,the Nigerian kid would've done better.grin

I disagree with you on this, the priviledged Nigerian 8 year olds are busy With 2go, facebook and playing games on their mobile phones. Some ignorant parents even buy blackberry phones for their kids.
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by horlatunde(m): 9:14am On Jan 25, 2013
VellyG: To pass MCTS at this age shows he's really a guru
Every body can learn in his area of interest only if d teachers are Good in making academics Easy. Nigeria teachers are Dull.

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Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by gene1(m): 9:15am On Jan 25, 2013
nice one

Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by nuorlah: 9:18am On Jan 25, 2013
These are what the ministry gor youths and sports should look into abi.

Give enabling environments for Nigerian minds to grow

God help us
Re: Eight-year-old Shafay Is The Youngest Microsoft Tech Certified Specialist by tellwisdom: 9:35am On Jan 25, 2013
Nice one sharafa sad

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