Meet the Ashaiman girl who went from the slums to Ph.D holder in Maths

Meet the Ashaiman girl who went from the slums to Ph.D holder in Maths

- Dr Angela Tabiri is a Ghanaian Ph.D holder in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow

- At just 30 years, the ''Maths Queen'' is currently a postdoctoral fellow at AIMS-Ghana and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Ghana

- Dr Angela Tabiri talks about her humbling start in life and journey to attaining her admirable feat

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From one of Ghana’s known notorious slums to the University of Glasgow to earn a Ph.D in Mathematics, Angela Tabiri is evidence that resilience and determination scale even the most daunting hurdles.

Being the last of six girls, Angela’s paradigm, while growing up was largely shaped by not just her social setting, but also the absence of gender roles enabled by cultural expectations of what men and women are predetermined to do and eventually become.

This shaped her pattern of thought regarding what she wanted to become and in spite of her humbling start in life, Angela walked a mighty dream.

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Dr Angela Tabiri graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2019 with a Ph.D in Mathematics and gained massive media attention after featured her as the math-goddess.

However, her journey to attaining this successful feat was not easy. Angela recalls where she grew up; in the slums of Ashaiman where basic amenities were scarce at the time.

Despite the systemic setbacks, Angela says her social setting also motivated her to pursue STEM courses.

Angela completed Anum Memorial School at Ashaiman Middle East and later studied Business at Accra Girls Senior High School.

Determined to become someone more than what was exposed to while growing up in Ashaiman, she enrolled at the University of Ghana and graduated with BA honours in Mathematics and Economics.

Angela earned her MSc in Mathematical Sciences from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, (AIMS-Ghana), Accra and also PGDip in Mathematics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP-Trieste) in Italy.

As a Mathematician, Dr. Tabiri is paid to do research and teach full time as a postdoctoral fellow at AIMS-Ghana and as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Mathematics, University of Ghana.

She is also the Lead at Femafricmaths, a charity which she founded to inspire young girls to take up careers in mathematics and related fields.

Dr. Angela Tabiri describes herself in three words; a mathematician, maths communicator and a math queen.

Watch a video of Angela detailing her story and journey of how she lifted herself from the slums through education to become an admirable Ph.D holder and a remarkable example for young girls.

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