Despite the many obstacles she has faced, a 61-year-old woman, Dr. Mosunmola Kudirat Ariwoola, has spoken about what motivated her to further her education to the PhD level.
Dr. Ariwoola, who just received her PhD from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, told Legit online that she never thought she would reach such high levels of academic achievement. She credits her hard work and determination, as well as the support of her family and community, for her success.
She hopes that her story will inspire others to pursue their educational goals no matter their age or background.
In her own words:
“It was by myself that I traveled back to my hometown to ask to be enrolled in a school at the age of 20. I had no one to motivate or encourage me but I knew what I wanted, so I stuck to it.”
Frankly, my determination got me this far. A Ph.D. program is very tasking and demanding, more so if you are an older person like myself. But my strong will, determination, and the support I got from my children helped me to this level. I have to give adorations to Almighty Allah because, without God, it would not have been possible,” she replied with excitement.
“My advice for women is that there’s no limit to what you can achieve. But you have to be diligent, focused and prayerful. I grew up at a time when female education wasn’t prioritized but I never let that hold me back. “Also, there’s no deadline for any aspiration. Whatever you dream of, you can start working towards it at any age, especially for women. We should let the world know that we need more equal rights and empowerment for women, especially in educating and upskilling them.”