These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons

Dollita Okine December 26, 2023
Drake's 5-year-old son Adonis designed cover for his album. Photos: Instagram/Drake

In 2023, some incredible children became entrepreneurs, broke records, displayed outstanding intelligence, and even performed heroic acts.

These young individuals didn’t let their age hold them back. They achieved incredible things and set new records in different areas, leaving everyone amazed by their skills and determination. 

Their stories highlight the potential and talent that exist within the younger generation and encourage others to embrace their entrepreneurial journeys. 

These kids served as a reminder that, with passion, creativity, and hard work, anyone can pursue their dreams, regardless of their age.

Here are some of the children who captured the hearts of audiences for the right reasons in 2023:

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
People are amazed by Devan’s ability to swiftly complete math equations that most people require calculators to solve. Photo Credit: TikTok, devanlovesnumbers

Baby Dev

2-year-old Devan set the internet on fire for his incredible math-solving skills. 

His obsession with numbers became clear as he spoke his first words. His parents first uploaded a video of him completing several math equations to show how much he enjoys numbers.

Devan’s ability to quickly complete math equations that other people require calculators to accomplish astounds people.

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
Drake’s 5-year-old son, Adonis, designed the cover for his album. Photos: Instagram/Drake

Adonis Graham

Adonis, the 5-year-old son of Canadian celebrity rap singer Drake, drew the cover image for his father’s popular album “For All The Dogs.” The proud parent confirmed that his son was responsible for the artwork for his eighth studio album. 

The artwork shows a four-legged creature with characteristic features like big red eyes and long ears. The body of the animal is filled in with what appears to be white chalk, which contrasts against the black background.

The album earned the proud dad his 13th No. 1 album, after For All The Dogs topped the Billboard 200 chart.

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
Jason Carter/Photo credit: New Dawn Academy via Instagram

Jason Carter

6-year-old Jason Carter lost his mother in an apartment fire in Harrison Township, Michigan, when he was five.

Even though he was young, the incident had a big impact on him, especially since it happened just a few weeks before he started kindergarten.

Jason took the chance to pay a passionate homage to his lovely mother when his teacher at New Dawn Academy asked him to speak at their kindergarten graduation. His nearly 4-minute expression remembering his late mother captivated the audience and left many with tears in their eyes. 

He mentioned how, despite the tragedy, he found the strength to complete his assignments and make his mother pleased.

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
With an IQ of 138, Lopez reads at a third- or fourth-grade level and is already a member of the distinguished Mensa society. Photo Credit: WABC

Declan Lopez

Declan Lopez, a kindergartener, is regarded as a genius at only six years old.

Lopez has a 138 IQ. She recently joined Mensa, the world’s largest and oldest high-IQ group. The gifted child is interested in the arts, science, math, and geography.

Even though she is just in kindergarten, her teachers make every effort to keep her occupied with robotics and computer coding. She also walks around the classroom occasionally to assist other pupils with completing their schoolwork.

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
6-year-old Emora is helping her teacher, Angelique Williams, find her perfect match. Photo Credit: Instagram, Angelique Williams


6-year-old Emora is helping her teacher, Angelique Williams, find her perfect match.

Emora gained popularity in October after Williams shared a video of her praying for the teacher to find a husband.

Williams explained that the conversation started during the last school year when she and Emora were sitting together after school. Emora turned to her and asked if she had a husband, Williams recalled.

The dedicated teacher noted that she and Emora have a special relationship. On the Jennifer Hudson show, they even displayed the handshake they invented together. They also talked about how they’d discussed the attributes Williams seeks in a partner.

“She needs a man that cooks for her,” Emora expressed.

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
Bryanna Cook/Photo credit: AP

Bryanna Cook

Bryanna Cook, a 6-year-old Mississippian girl enrolled in the first grade at Columbus’ Fairview Elementary School, has been recognized for her bravery in assisting rescuers in finding her family’s vehicle following her mother’s stroke while driving in a remote area.

Cook was instrumental in directing emergency personnel to the area. While traveling to see Bryanna’s grandma in Preston on October 23, Bryanna and her mother Yolanda Cook had an incident.

The 6-year-old acted quickly when her mother became unresponsive after their car stopped in the woods due to a stroke. She took her mother’s phone and, despite her fear, dialed her grandmother’s number.

Bryanna’s grandmother told her to call 911 because she couldn’t wake her mother. Bryanna initially reached a Noxubee County dispatcher, who then connected her with Latonya Malone, a Lowndes County dispatcher.

Bryanna explained that she opened the doors for fresh air, and in the process of assisting with the problem, she attempted to awaken her unconscious mother by tapping her face. 

Bryanna and her grandmother’s information eventually led the first responders to the car. 

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
At the young age of ten, Hephzibah Akinwale published a 58,000-word novel. Photo Credit: Instagram, Hephzibah Workshop

Hephzibah Akinwale

At the age of 10, Akinwale broke the record for the longest fiction novel written by a child with a 58,000-word middle-grade fiction book titled “Chronicles of The Time Keepers – Whisked Away.”

She broke the record held by 11-year-old Manikya Sanghi, the multi-award-winning author of “Wizard of Sansanadia,” who held the record for the longest fiction novel written by a kid, with 44,000 words, according to the International Book of Records.

These kids went viral in 2023 for the right reasons
Mario Mack is a 12-year-old African American from Fairfield, Alabama. Screenshot from CBS42/Black Business

Mario Mack

Mario Mack, a 12-year-old from Fairfield, Alabama, is balancing his education with his business pursuits. At the age of ten, he founded J’s Pop-Up Shaved Ice, the company he currently owns and operates. Mack devotes his weekdays to school and his weekends and holidays to his business. 

The young entrepreneur started his company with the same drive for success as his mother, who shaped his independent thought process.

For Mack, the company is his dream company, even though it might seem like a side gig. He is glad to serve as an inspiration to other young entrepreneurs who share his passion for their businesses.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: December 21, 2023


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