Trailblazing Nigerian Scholar Makes History as First Black Woman to Earn Ph.D. in Cybernetics

Hailing from Nigeria, Ekeng-Itua's remarkable journey embodies resilience, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

In a groundbreaking achievement, Professor Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua has etched her name in the annals of history as the world’s first black woman to attain a doctorate degree (Ph.D) in Cybernetics. 



Hailing from Nigeria, Ekeng-Itua’s remarkable journey embodies resilience, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).


Cybernetics, the scientific discipline exploring the parallels between information processing in machines and biological organisms, found its newest trailblazer in Ekeng-Itua. 


Her journey began amidst the challenges of a society where girls are often discouraged from pursuing scientific endeavors. However, fueled by her innate curiosity and passion for understanding the inner workings of technology, she charted her course toward academic distinction.



After completing her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Ekeng-Itua furthered her studies with a master’s degree in Mobile and Satellite Communications Engineering in the United Kingdom. 


Her academic pursuits were not merely driven by personal ambition but also by a deep-seated commitment to paving the way for future generations, particularly young women, in STEM fields.


Under the tutelage of her mentor, Professor Kevin Warwick, a pioneering figure in the realm of cybernetics and the world’s first human cyborg, Ekeng-Itua embarked on her doctoral journey at the University of Reading in the UK


Her groundbreaking research delved into the intricate interplay between technology and society, laying the foundation for purposeful design and innovation that serves humanity.


Ekeng-Itua’s ascent to academic prominence was not devoid of challenges. As a woman of color navigating the male-dominated landscape of engineering and STEM, she confronted systemic biases and a dearth of role models. 


However, each obstacle served as fuel for her determination, propelling her towards unprecedented achievements.


Reflecting on her journey, Ekeng-Itua remarked, “Every challenge became fuel for my determination. I realized that my success would not only open doors for myself but would serve as an example for other women and girls who might otherwise doubt their capabilities.” 


Her words resonate as a testament to her unwavering commitment to breaking barriers and inspiring future generations.


With over two decades of experience in engineering and STEM education spanning the United States, Europe, and Africa, Ekeng-Itua stands as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring scholars and innovators worldwide.


Her pioneering spirit, coupled with a human-centric approach to technological advancement, exemplifies the transformative power of education and perseverance.


As the world celebrates the historic milestone achieved by Professor Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua, her journey serves as a poignant reminder of the boundless potential within each individual to effect positive change. 


In her quest to redefine the boundaries of possibility, Ekeng-Itua embodies the ethos of resilience, innovation, and excellence that defines the trailblazers of our time.


This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our staff editorial members

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