Dr. Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu made history on April 26 2020 by earning a Ph.D. at 73 years old in Communication, Culture and Media Studies. She graduated from the Howard University, Washington DC as a prestigious Sasakawa Annenberg Fellow.
Her dissertation that earned her the doctorial degree was on “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria- Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered lens.
Dr. Didigu has gone through a lot of challenges in life yet she says the civil war between the Igbo people and the Nigerian government 50 years ago is one challenge she will never forget. She recalls “ the day the Nigeria-Biafra War ended, I, like everyone was wallowing in anxiety and fear about what would happen to us as the vanquished.”
“A very optimistic gentleman came over to me and asked: Why are you so sad: can’t you see you have survived this terrible war? I stood up, even though the Nigerian Air force was on its last bombing raid, and leaped up in the air in mad glee, repeating to myself and others: Yes, I have survived, I am a survivor!”
This powerful survival instinct in me, which I call daring and God’s help are what made me overcome all personal challenges during my doctoral program and get to where I am today”
Dr. Didigu worked at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) as a writer and producer and a broadcaster at the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) before pursuing higher academic achievements in the United States. Her doctorial advisor noted, “Didigu embodies endurance and intellectual determination”.
We congratulate Dr. Florence Didigu and applaud her for being a source of inspiration to so many reinforcing the belief that age is not a barrier. At The Nigerian Association of Retired People -NARP50PLUS we believe that age is just a number. We promote active adult living and the socio economic inclusion of the over 50s. We believe that ageing should not banish anyone to obscurity.