Woman, 70, Bags PhD In Mass Communication

70-year-old woman Justina Obi over the weekend at University of Nigeria, Nsukka received her Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Mass Communication during a convocation.

The woman is the oldest to have done so in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Prof Charles Igwe, expressed his amazement on the level of the tenacity of the 70-year-old woman, Dr Justina Obi.


Dr Justina Obi (left) with her HOD

The Vice Chancellor stated that the woman was the oldest person to have earned a doctorate from UNN adding that her resolve to scale through the rigours of the academic programme and her intellectual ability and perseverance was extra ordinary.



These remarks were contained in the Vice- Chancellor’s opening address during the 49th convocation ceremony of the University held at the Ekpo Refectory Convocation Arena, UNN.

UNN awarded first degrees and diplomas to 11,010 graduands, with 186 of them making first class honours.

The institution also awarded postgraduate degrees and diplomas to 3,497 graduands, comprising 859 Doctorate degrees, 2,385 Masters degrees, and 253 postgraduate diplomas.

Prof. Charles Igwe said he was particularly proud of a 70-year-old woman, Justina Obi, who would earn a doctorate in Mass Communication in today’s graduation ceremony and that made her the oldest person to ever get a degree from the University of Nigeria.

“I am aware that Postgraduate degrees or diplomas have the ability to open more doors for employment, and can also lead to faster career progression for those who are already employed. As holders of research-based degrees, the country would continue to look up to you to help find solutions to various challenges we face, especially, those that have continued to prevent us from achieving our true potentials as a blessed country of about 200 million people,” he said.

Source: Authentic Reporters

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