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Black History in the Making: Mobou Loiseau

mabouMobou Loiseau might be just ten years old, but even persons four times her age would be amazed at her accomplishments.

The young New York native speaks, reads and writes fluently in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Japanese, and she has even mastered sign language.

Loiseau doesn’t just excel at languages, though; she is a musical genius as well, playing the piano, violin, guitar, harp, clarinet, conga, drums and the flute.

Wanting to ensure that their daughter continues to excel academically, her parents spend $1,500 a week on tutors and lessons, and she spends much of her week studying or practicing on her musical instruments.

Loiseau’s mother, Esther Loiseau, stated, “My husband spoke Haitian Creole fluently so he only spoke to Mabou in Haitian Creole. My sister, who lived with us for some time, spoke Spanish fluently, so she only spoke to Mabou in Spanish. I spoke French fluently, so I spoke to her only in French.”

When Mabou was just a year old, she began saying French words that had not yet been taught to her by her mother. It was then that her parents realized how gifted she was.

Asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Loiseau stated, “I want to be a firefighter, and I want to be a doctor, and I want to be a dancer, and I want to be a princess, and I want to be an actor, and I want to be a musician, and I want to be a singer, and I want to be a veterinarian, and I want to be a mum.”

We certainly believe you can do it all, baby girl!

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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