Under 30 Young African women with PhDs
Academic success takes a lot of sacrifices, dedication and even smartness to attain. It takes an even bolder decision to pursue a postgraduate degree with many reasons serving as hindrances.
Hindrances have been the case for many, especially in the estimation of timing, but for these young African women to have attained the heights of receiving their doctorate degrees within the first 30 years of their lives, it’s the sort of motivation other women will need to attain the highest forms of education.
This article highlights how these young women have made academic histories in their respective countries, and on the whole continent of Africa.
Shodipe Opeyemi (25)
This young Nigerian scholar received her bachelor’s degree at 19 from Babcock University. After the mandatory NYSC programme, she entered for a master’s program at the University of Ibadan, graduating best in her department. She capped it with a well-deserved doctorate degree in information science from her alma mater, Babcock University, when she was 25.
Musawenkosi Saurombe (23)
A Zimbabwean by birth, this young lady is the youngest in the list of women to have attained the academic height of a doctorate degree, at the age of only 23. Today, she is an ambassador for Higher Education in Botswana, the country in which she grew up.
Friends and colleagues describe her as a child prodigy: she skipped a grade in elementary school and entered the university at the age of 16, moving to South Africa to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at North-West University.
By the age of 21, she had received her Master’s degree and then at 23, she broke the continental record when she bagged a PhD.
“My father had to sell his car, just to get me through my third year of study and also the general social challenges, usually being that I was the youngest in my class,” she sums up her journey to achieving this giant feat.
Gloria Opoku-Boateng Osardu (27)
Dr Gloria Opoku-Boateng Osardu completed her first degree at the Valley View University in Ghana after which she relocated to the United States of America to further her education. She entered the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she received her PhD in Information Systems at the age of 27.
With her much interest in technology and research, she worked with the likes of IBM, Google and other high-profile technology companies as a User Experience (UX) Research Scientist. During her time at UMBC, she received scholarships and grants and attended several conferences.
Purity Ngina (28)
Currently the holder of Kenya’s record for the youngest PhD holder after graduation with a doctorate degree in 2018 at the age of just 28 years old, Ngina graduated with a PhD in Biomathematics.
In June 2018, Dr Ngina made her way into history books by becoming the youngest PhD holder in the field of Biomathematics. The topic of her PhD thesis was founded on the relationship between HIV and Mathematics.
Source: Face2face Africa