African Women With PhDs Pen Book On Importance Of Education

By Duchess Magazine

THREE AFRICAN-born woman who have each combated their own personal struggles to obtain PhDs, have come together to pen an inspirational book.

The three stories in Unstoppable Women – Does Education Matter? are told by three women who have three things in common: they were born and raised in Africa, they received their doctorates in Sweden and they are unstoppable.

“As we have been struggling to make our lives better through education, we have often failed to find inspiring people who share similar stories as ours,” author Sarah Wamala Andersson explained on behalf of the trio. “We thought that putting our stories out would inspire so many people.”

Andersson and co-authors Linley Chiwona-Karltun and Pauline Ocaya, all moved to a new country, learned a new language and seized every opportunity for education they could.

Through that education, each of them has achieved livelihoods never thought possible. Sarah became the first person from her Ugandan village to earn a college degree, Linley overcame political exile in Ethiopia and Pauline survived a war-torn Uganda.

Despite everything standing in their way, the trio made it to Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, where they further expanded their education and continued pushing past the barriers in their way. Discovering their hidden inner power early on, these women refused to allow circumstances control their lives, and now share their stories for the world to hear.

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