– Dr Chioma Blaise Chikere has overcome rejection, stigmatization and mockery to emerge victorious
– Chioma said she was a nursing mother while she pursued her post graduate degree and was talked down but eventually had the best thesis in her set
– Social media users have celebrated her huge success which was against all odds
Dr Chioma Blaise Chikere is a proud mum and successful academic who has seen it all having risen through the ranks to what she is now – currently a senior lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt.
To many, she is a bundle of achievements and success but there lies a story she has not done so much as forgotten.
Taking to Linkedln, she narrated how she was ridiculed in the past because she was a nursing mother.
Chioma recalled that she was denied opportunities and suffered rejections but saw it as redirection instead of getting discouraged.
The woman who had been described as a ‘baby making machine’ eventually emerged with the best PhD thesis work in the year 2013, at a time she nursed her three months old baby who happened to be her third child.
Her post read in part:
“I’ve been denied opportunities too at a time I had 2 babies a year apart. Mockingly someone said why nominate her for this fellowship as she is just busy churning out babies annually”, I wasn’t selected eventually.
“But today as a proud mom to 4 beautiful Angels, I have achieved much more than their expectations. Keep pushing never give in to naysayers. You are much more than they assess you. Your validation doesn’t come from them, but your works will surely speak for you before the right audience.”
Social media users found her story insightful and motivational and took to her comment section to celebrate the success she has become.
Chisom C. Umeileka wrote:
“Oh yes! We will surely surmount the hurdles and challenges in our bid to achieve success.”
Collins Norbert Ugochukwu commented:
“This is wonderful. Congratulations Prof. Mrs. Chioma Chikere. More grease to your elbows Nwanyioma.”
Deborah Sabinus said:
“Hearty Congratulations ma’am. You shall continue to stand before kings.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian woman had bagged a PhD in mathematics.
A mother of two, Itunu said it was not an easy journey as she had to balance parenting with schooling. She, however, added that the big support she got from everyone close to her made the whole task bearable. According to her, her supervisor was really helpful.
Itunu said at the time she thought she was at her tether’s end and could not move further, God’s strength showed up for her powerfully.
Victor Duru is a Legit.ng journalist with more than three years of working experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies from Imo State University, where he was a Students’ Union Government Director of Information. Victor is a Human Interest Editor, Strategic Content Creator and a Google-certified Digital Marketer. Connect with him on Twitter @DuruCVictor2