Samira Mohammed Ibn Moro, an Alumna of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, has become the first ever St Antony’s DAC Scholarship recipient.  

Instituted by the Governing Board of Oxford University in October 2021, the St Antony’s DAC Scholarship seeks to enable students awarded undergraduate degrees in countries that receive Development Assistance (as identified by the OECD), to fulfil their academic potential, regardless of their background or financial standing.

Born in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region, Samira is passionate to see a change in outmoded cultural practices which inhibit development of the area. She believes that an MSc in African Studies at the University of Oxford would afford her a deeper understanding of diverse factors peculiar to the African continent and provide a holistic pragmatic solution to gender inequalities and other importantcultural issues in Africa.

“Earning a master’s degree in African Studies from Oxford University will broaden my scope in understanding the intricacies of African politics, history, general geopolitics, and the processes involved in negotiating collective actions for global responses to existing or emerging challenges in Africa” she said.

She expressed her joy and appreciation for the opportunity and mentions that it was going to be a stepping stone to higher heights. “The DAC scholarship is the foundational dais that holds my dreams, it is the most important and brightest light at the beginning of my Oxford journey, it is my testimony. Being the first-ever recipient is incredibly overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. I am grateful to the sponsors of the scholarship and St. Antony’s College for such a life-altering opportunity.”

Samira graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in April 2022 with First-Class honours and was the overall best graduating student in Journalism (Top-up option). She intends to pursue a doctorate in African Studies after her MSc and continue to serve the people of Ghana as a journalist.

Hearty congratulations from the GIJ Community, Samira.

Public Affairs Unit