Dr. Mosunmola Kudirat Ariwoola, a 61-year-old woman, has shared what motivated her to further her education at the PhD level.
The sexagenarian just received a PhD from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria (UNILORIN) and spoke exclusively to Legit online on how she achieved the lofty achievement against all difficulties.
While thanking Allah for making her academic achievement a reality, Kudirat, who possesses a PhD in Educational Technology, stated that she never imagined herself reaching such a high intellectual level.
She was raised in a time when female education was not valued and had to return to her hometown at the age of 20 to enroll in school.
In her own words:
“There’s no limit to what you want” – 61-year-old woman bags PhD, advises women
61-year-old woman bags PhD. Photo source: Google
“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.”