- A mother-of-5 has braved the odds as she returned to the classrooms
- The woman identified as Justina Onwumere, 50, couldn't go to school was she was younger because she married early
- Nigerians have described her as a source of inspiration with many congratulating her
A Nigerian woman has become an internet sensation and source of inspiration as she returned to school at the age of 50.
Her son named Chima Onwumere took to Facebook to make the announcement as he celebrated his mum.
He narrated how his mum had rung him sometime last year informing him of her intent to return to school as she didn't get the opportunity to do so earlier because she married young.
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Plus, she had to direct her attention to her family and her children's future.
Sharing picture of his mum who recently matriculated at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Chima said his mum had taken the General Certificate Examination (GCE) and had to enter for a polytechnic as she didn't get the best of results.
The mother-of-5, according to her son, said that she was a lifelong learner and had passion for knowledge. Importantly, she needed it for growth in he workplace.
Chima advised that nothing was too late to achieve in life and that age is of no importance.
His post read in part:
"My 50-year-old mom of 5 going back to school is the inspiration we all need!!
"Last year I got a call from my mum saying she wants to go back to classroom since she didn't get the opportunity cause she married young and started a family, channeling all her energy into her children’s futures.
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"I was so amazed as a lover of education and since I know it importance I told her I will support her decision and immediately she registered for General Certificate Examination (GCE) when her result came out, she didn't make the best result which couldn't get her into the university so we enrolled her into a Polytechnic.
"For many people, it’s difficult to go back to school at 50 because it’s such a shock out of one’s comfort zone; for some it’s unnecessary and unattractive to be in a structured and judged environment.
"I want to go back to school and keep learning because I feel that I have to; I just want to know because there is so much that I don’t."
Legit.ng got photos of the elated mother as she participated in classroom activities on her Facebook wall.
Social media users hailed the woman for her courage and determination with many describing her as a source of inspiration.
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Robert Irek wrote:
"Wow this is wonderful congratulations to your mom."
Ralph Lasisi said:
"Wow!!!! Great, All the best to her."
Ebere Promise reacted:
"Wao,with mama's step she inspired me to even continue with a master program.
"Congratulations Mrs Onwumere."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a woman who returned to school after four kids bagged a PhD.
According to her daughter, Sophie Bello who shared the news, she went back to school after having four kids. She completed her B.Sc, M.Sc and most recently, her PhD.
Sophie wrote on Twitter: "When I see my mom, I know that dreams are valid! Went back to school after 4 kids. She started her B.S.C while I was also in the Uni too. She enrolled for her masters & got her M.S.C. I am proud to announce she just got her P.H.D! Dr. Bukola Bello! Put some respect on that name!"
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