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Help A Nigerian Girl Achieve Her Dream Of Going To Cambridge by alosiby92(f): 11:20am On Aug 27, 2013
A year ago, I had the privilege of meeting this girl. She called me a few months ago to let me know she had gained admission to Cambridge University to do her Masters. I was so happy for her. However, her parents are barely able to afford it. Being of strong faith, she decided to take matters into her own hands and start fundraising her tuition via social media.
The following is her story and if you, like me, believe in dreaming big and achieving dreams, please follow the link to either donate in prayer or in funding.
My name is Chinwe Oriji. I am from Trenton, NJ. I recently graduated from Rutgers University this spring with a double major in Africana Studies and Public Health. When I think about my future, I see myself becoming a professor, working in a non-profit, and sharing my testimony through public speaking but I never imagined the University of Cambridge as being a part of the plan.

Prior to applying to Cambridge, I never felt like I was “good enough” or “smart enough” to attend this school. I made every excuse in the book. I didn’t have private school education. I didn’t go to an Ivy League university for undergrad. This fear almost hindered me from applying. But I decided to put that fear aside and apply. On Thanksgiving of 2012, I found out I was accepted to the University of Cambridge in the UK to obtain my Masters in Modern Society and Global Transformation! This acceptance is a direct testament of my parents’ struggle.

I am a child of Nigerian immigrants. My parents were born and raised in a village in Abia State, Nigeria. As children, they survived the 1967-1970 Biafra war, in which over 1 million people died. During the 1980’s, my parents left their family and everything they knew with barely any cash in their pocket to come to the United States in hopes of achieving the “American Dream.” They wanted to give their children a better future. In 2004, my father suffered from a major stroke that left him disabled so my mother is the sole provider of a family of seven. Therefore, to see where they came from to now having their child to be the first to attend what is equivalent to a U.S ivy-league school is truly a blessing.

Within the one-year time frame of the Masters, I will focus on British-born children of Nigerian immigrants attending UK universities, comparing their cultural influences and identity development with the research I have conducted on the identity of second-generation Nigerian Americans. After my Masters, I plan on furthering this research agenda while pursing my PhD.

Attending the University of Cambridge is not only about me. This opportunity is bigger than me. I hope to share my testimony to inspire others to dream bigger and beyond what they think is possible. I want to show others that no matter where you come from, your educational attainment, or how much money you have or don’t have you can follow your dreams and you are more than good enough!

With this ambition, I am on a mission to raise funds for Cambridge. Over the last eight months since I was accepted to Cambridge I raised $7,000 through scholarships and monetary gifts but still have $38,000 left to raise in two months. I know this is a big amount to fund in such a short period of time but through faith and your support I know we can do this! If you have any questions please email me at wechino@gmail.com.
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/supporting-a-dream-chinwe-to-cambridge/74894#sthash.gEpLdbsD.dpuf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-6dVoNaIsc&feature=player_embedded#t=1

Thanks Nairalanders.
Re: Help A Nigerian Girl Achieve Her Dream Of Going To Cambridge by Nobody: 7:57pm On May 13, 2017
Unfortunately I got in late on this one. I just hope all her dreams are being achieved. YOU GO GIRL.
Re: Help A Nigerian Girl Achieve Her Dream Of Going To Cambridge by alosiby92(f): 11:46pm On May 13, 2017
wizcr0l:
Unfortunately I got in late on this one. I just hope all her dreams are being achieved. YOU GO GIRL.

The said girl is now a Master's graduate of the university of Cambridge and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Texas. she managed to raise a bit for her tuition and God provided the rest in terms of scholarships. Just goes to show that with Him all things are possible wink

Thanks for the support. Hopefully it's not too late to help anyone else out there acheive their dreams...even if all you can offer is a prayer and a little bit of faith

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Re: Help A Nigerian Girl Achieve Her Dream Of Going To Cambridge by Nobody: 10:39pm On May 17, 2017
Happy for her. All things "legal and just" are indeed possible with GOD most definitely. And just to add, I would rather people offer their prayers without leaving out the bread (even if it's just mere crumbs) as this just goes to prove and validate the faith. Do stay blessed.

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