iDixcover Achiever: Young African Economist earns PhD degree with 6 honours, wins US Mandela Washington Fellowship Award

Young African Economist earns PhD degree with 6 honours, wins US Award

A young and brilliant African Economist named Justina Onumah has earned her PhD degree outstandingly from the University of Ghana alongside an exchange experience as a visiting scholar at the Aalborg University in Denmark and the University of Bonn in Germany during the program, with 6 honours to her name.

Dr Justina Onumah celebrated her achievement on LinkedIn. “I am happy to announce that I have finally been conferred with a #PhD in #DevelopmentStudies with a research focus on the economics of innovation and development from the University of Ghana on Friday, July 29, 2022,” she wrote.


Justina Onumah holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Economics which she earned from the University of Ghana with an additional experience at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as an exchange student for an Msc Agricultural Economics program.

She noted that her academic journey has not been at all rosy but she likes to focus on the victories. “We’ve been broken at some point but we picked the pieces back together and moved on because we had a crown to chase,” she said.

Justina Onumah proceeded to list her achievements during her academic journey. “Selected as the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador for Ghana, Earned a 6-month PhD Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Aalborg University, Received the Best PhD Student paper prize at the Globelics Conference in Costa Rica,” she said.

“Pursuing for postgraduate/masters/phd scholarship opens you to several amazing and exceptional opportunities, you can apply for these study scholarships and also become a scholarship recipient” Check out for some of the funded study scholarships below.

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  1. Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Programme 2023 for emerging African Leaders (Fully Funded to work at AfDB, UNECA & ITC with an Annual Stipend of $100,000)
  2. United States International University (USIU)-Africa Undergraduate Scholarships 2022 for African Students 

She added that she was also awarded the United States Mandela Washington Fellowship during her academic program. “Became a Fellow of the Mandela Washington Fellowship,” she added.

Became a proud mother of 3 (Had 2 before beginning the program)-my greatest achievement, mentored 100s of young girls in #STEM and non-STEM- great joy and fulfilment this has been,” she also added.

Dr Justina Onumah thanked God for seeing her through and also gave credit to her husband who has been very supportive of her. “God has been faithful and my husband Dr Edward E. Onumah has been EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE,” she said. she also added.

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