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Nigerian Civil War Survivor Earns Ph.D. From Howard University at 73

For Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu, age is the last thing that will stop her from accomplishing her goals, and receiving her Ph.D. in communication, culture, and media studies from Howard University at 73-years-old, is proof. The Howard Newsroom announced that the Nigerian-born student defended her dissertation titled, “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens,” which is a reflection of the Igbo women who survived the war. While matriculating through school, she overcame several hurdles to earn her fourth degree — as a Sasakawa and Annenberg Fellow — including shingles and family deaths. “In my second year at Howard, and very close to my screening test, I lost my mother and my father within months,” said Didigu. “I had to return to Nigeria each time to perform the demanding burial ceremonies for each. I was completely deflated, both physically and emotionally, but I persevered...

Jun 15, 2020