27-year-old Nigerian lady identified as Chigoziem Emereuwa is currently being celebrated after she survived a ghastly car crash that claimed the lives of her entire family on August 17, 2001.
Despite the trauma of losing her family many years ago Emereuwa was able to pull herself back together to achieve success. She is now set to graduate with a PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
According to Flourish Africa, the 27-year-old lady disclosed that all she could remember was her being in the back seat playing a game and woke up in the hospital afterwards.
She said: “I only remember being in the back seat, playing a travel game with my sister and then waking up in hospital. I don’t recall any form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as my paternal family made sure I wasn’t alone, I didn’t even get a chance to mourn properly. It seemed like the loss hit my aunts more than it did me so I had to be strong. However, my grades did go down and my mom was no longer there to push me. I felt no urge to work hard since I had learnt that you could lose everything in a second so, why bother?”
On why she had to study mathematics, Emereuwa disclosed that she discovered she loved numbers from a very young age. The survivor added that she wanted to become a chemistry lecturer just like her late mother but God had his way.
Emereuwa said: “I am not one of those who realised their passion for numbers at a young age. I always wanted to be a chemistry lecturer just like my mum so I planned to study Chemistry in University. I was only 15 when I finished high school and began my university education so when it became time to choose a discipline, my family narrowed it down to Banking and Finance, Mathematics and Geography. I did well in Mathematics but I thought that was normal for every student and Geography was because the environment always fascinated me and I had sworn to travel so I could see more. I chose Mathematics eventually because it was one of the few subjects that didn’t bore me and I thought it would give me a wider career option in the future. I credit my family for helping me understand my strengths and weaknesses.”
As she gets older, she has found support in good friends, cousins that have become siblings and a constant comfort that no matter what happens everything works out in the end.