A Nigerian woman called Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu has obtained a Ph.D. at 73-years-old.
According to Howard University, the woman defended her essay to earn her Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media Studies on April 26, 2020.
Florence’s essay was titled, “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens”.
It is a reflection of the Igbo women who survived the war.
The 73-years-old woman went through many challenges to reach the top of a mountain.
In her second year of school, she lost both parents and had to travel to Nigeria to bury her parents.
She revealed that she was completely flattened, both physically and emotionally, but she kept pushing for success because her father always wanted her to be a doctor.
The woman also suffered shingles, which disabled the right side of her face and caused her to lose her voice.
However, losing her voice was symbolic as her work is about raising Igbo women’s voices too.
Recalling the memories of surviving the Nigerian-Biafra War, which she overcame 50 years ago, Florence said she will never forget it.