Title

A Study of Professional Nigerian Women in Diaspora

Date of Degree

12-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Dorothy Ettling

Advisor

Mark Teachout

Advisor

Adeola Grillo

Advisor

Absael Antelo

Abstract

This qualitative critical narrative study explored 11 professional Nigerian women in diaspora. The study's main goal was to understand the challenges the participants faced and their driving force to overcome the challenges. The study used critical theory and African feminist framework to shed light on the challenges and how the women made sense of the challenges. Through interviews the women told their stories and explained in their own words the challenges they faced and what motivated and drove them to overcome the challenges. The study revealed the women's reasons for diaspora, the changes they went through, their growth process, and their motivation for reaching for and attaining more. The findings showed a sense of a calling and a need to leave a befitting legacy for their children as their motivation.

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