Angela Tabiri: Lady who moved from the slums to PhD holder in math

Angela Tabiri: Lady who moved from the slums to PhD holder in math

- Dr Angela Tabiri is a Ghanaian PhD holder in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow

- At just 30 years, the Math Queen' is currently a postdoctoral fellow at AIMS-Ghana and a teaching assistant at the University of Ghana

- Dr Tabiri talks about her humble beginnings in life and journey to attaining her admirable feat

From one of Ghana’s known notorious slums to the University of Glasgow to earn a PhD in Mathematics, Angela Tabiri is a good example that resilience and determination scale even the most daunting hurdles.

Being the last of six girls, Angela’s paradigm, while growing up was largely shaped by not just her social setting, but also the absence of gender roles enabled by cultural expectations of what men and women are predetermined to do and eventually become.

This shaped her pattern of thought regarding what she wanted to become and in spite of her humble start in life, Tabiri walked a mighty dream.

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Tabiri graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2019 with a PhD in Mathematics and gained massive media attention.

However, her journey to attaining this successful feat was not easy. Tabiri recalled where she grew up; in the slums of Ashaiman where basic amenities were scarce at the time.

Despite the systemic setbacks, Angela said her social setting also motivated her to pursue STEM courses.

Angela completed Anum Memorial School at Ashaiman Middle East and later studied Business at Accra Girls Senior High School.

Determined to become someone more than what she was exposed to while growing up in Ashaiman, she enrolled at the University of Ghana and graduated with BA honours in Mathematics and Economics.

Tabiri earned her MSc in Mathematical Sciences from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, (AIMS-Ghana), Accra and also PGDip in Mathematics at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP-Trieste) in Italy.

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As a Mathematician, Dr Tabiri is paid to do research and teach full time as a postdoctoral fellow at AIMS-Ghana and as a teaching assistant at the Department of Mathematics, University of Ghana.

She is also the lead at Femafricmaths, a charity which she founded to inspire young girls to take up careers in Mathematics and related fields.

Dr Tabiri describes herself in three words; a mathematician, math communicator and a math queen.

Below is her interview:

In other news, a Nigerian lady has expressed excitement after being given United States citizenship at a time other nationals seeking to be residents of the North American country are banned from applying for such.

The lady identified as Crystal Evuleocha said she and 5,009 other applicants from 104 countries became citizens of the US by naturalisation on Tuesday, February 25.

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