Inspirational 62-year-old lady bags her PhD despite challenges

Inspirational 62-year-old lady bags her PhD despite challenges

- A Nigerian woman, Joan Oji, has revealed how she was able to fulfil her academic dream despite giving a lot to motherhood

- After bagging her first degree at the age of 30, she spent years ensuring her children are well taken care of

- According to her, she was already 62 when she was defending her PhD thesis as she advised that people can still succeed no matter how long it takes

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A woman with the name Joan Oji has celebrated herself, saying that despite the fact that got her degrees very late, she still succeeded.

She said that she got her first degree at the age of 30 when she was already a mother of six. Despite the fact she had a first-class, she did not pursue post-graduation academic goals.

Joan said that she had to see to the education of her children who were already eight in number. The successful mother added that to inspire her children, she had to pick up a postgraduate application form 20 years after her first degree.

She said that the masters took so long that she had to immediately put in for her PhD after she was done.

The woman was not only a retiree when she was defending her thesis, but she was also well advanced in age at 62.

Joan added that she decided to share the story on her LinkedIn page to inspire someone, reminding people that everybody’s stride towards success cannot be the same and no matter how long it takes some people, they can still become who they want to be.

The woman revealed that her eldest granddaughter won a Russian scholarship to study Medicine in Russia.

A collage of the woman in her graduation gown. Photo source: LinkedIn/Joan Oji

A collage of the woman in her graduation gown. Photo source: LinkedIn/Joan Oji
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that a Nigerian woman called Florence Nwando Onwusi Digidu earned a Ph.D. at 73 years old.

According to Howard University, the elderly woman defended her dissertation to earn her PhD in Communication, Culture, and Media Studies on Sunday, April 26.

Florence's dissertation titled, “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens,” is a reflection of the Igbo women who, like herself, survived the war.

In other related news, Austin Chibuike Ikpeama bagged his PhD at the young age of 24 after finishing strongly from the University of Sciences, Philadelphia.

An Imo-Indigene, he got a doctorate degree in physical therapy. He is from Chokoneze community in Ezinigittee Mbaise local government. He was born and raised in the US.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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