A young Nigerian lady, Christine Izuakor, has made Nigeria proud on an International platform. She is simply a trailblazer, and an inspiration to us!
27-year- old Christine completed her PhD ( Security Engineering) at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, on December 17 2016, becoming the youngest person and first African-American woman to achieve the feat at the university.
According to her, she also became the Vice President and co-founder of Gen Trend at United Airlines in the same year, travelled to 19 cities across 10 countries – all while working a full-time job on the cyber security team of a Fortune 100 company, in which she recently received a promotion.
“I started my PhD program at age 23 and at the time was told I was too young, too naive and too inexperienced to contribute anything to my industry. But, I stood by my dream and turned doubt into motivation. To anyone who has been taught that it’s unrealistic to dream, I assure you that it’s indeed okay to dream big. With hard work and dedication, we can defy all odds and shatter ceilings. Dare to dream, and be brave enough to execute.”
She also shared this on Instagram:
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Speaking to BellaNaija, Christine Izuakor dropped a piece of advice for other young men and women out there: She says;
“Dare to dream, and be brave enough to execute.
“Too often we, especially women, fear failure, what people will think, or not having all of the right answers. I think that inhibits our ability to dream beyond what those before us have done. Many instead get stuck in doing what’s ‘expected’ of us from parents, society, our cultures, etc. Those elements are important to acknowledge and honor, but can sometimes be limiting in today’s world.
So, I encourage everyone to dare to dream bigger than ever before. And equally important, have the courage to execute and pursue those dreams relentlessly”.