I want to complete my PhD programme which is under serious threat now due to the inability of my sponsor to pay my tuition since October 2015.
I am Jude Ogbodo. I am from a poor and humble background. My poor background has however not deterred me from competing with my peers. For instance, even with untold hardship and financial difficulties of my undergraduate days, I finished as the best graduating student of my department in 2008 with First Class Honours from the department of Mass Communication, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. In its usual way of rewarding excellence, the Ebonyi State Government of Nigeria announced an automatic scholarship during the third convocation of my university in April 2012 for the 12 best graduating students from different disciplines. Subsequently the 12 of us were asked to proceed abroad to any university of our choice for both MSc and PhD. This came as a big surprise to me. I had finished my MSc in the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Preston. I proceeded for my PhD. Now I am in the second year of my programme, but I have been disabled from making use of the university network (resources) since March because of the inability of my sponsor to pay my tuition.
The problem started as the fallout of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Because the outgone administration of Gov Martin Elechi did not support the candidature of the incumbent governor, Dave Umahi the latter has vowed that he would not continue with the programmes initiated by his predecessor. We have tried to use all diplomatic means to get him pay our tuition and leaving expenses to no avail. Recently we protested at the BBC studio, Manchester to draw public attention to our plight (see http://guardian.ng/saturday-magazine/overseas-scholarship-stranded-ebonyi-students-cry-out-to-govt/ ). I don’t want to quit my PhD programme. I have committed a lot of time, money and energy to it. My programme is in serious jeopardy if I fail to meet up with the financial requirement. You are my hope.
If I could get the money, just for my tuition before the November 2016 deadline, I will avert this looming danger. This programme means a lot to me. I will forever be grateful to you. No amount of donation is small. God bless you.