SHE FINALLY MADE IT!!!
From being born in abject poverty to becoming a Chartered Accountant at age 23.
Meet - Maud Chifamba, 24-year-old Zimbabwe born Chartered Accountant, Audit Consultant, Board Member at Zimbabwe Youth Council, Education Content Creator and Advocate.
At age 14, she became the youngest University student in Africa. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSc Honours degree) at age 18 and a Master of Science (MSc) in Accountancy at age 20 from the University of Zimbabwe.
Maud lost her father when she was just 5 years old. Her mother was suffering from cancer and she could not take care of her and her younger brother. They fell under the care of their step-brother, in 2003.
In 2005, when she was in grade 3, during the mid-year exams, she was mistakenly given a grade 4 exam paper, on which she scored 100%. The same year, she requested a grade 5 test paper and passed with distinction. She went on to finish grade 7 at the age of 9.
In 2009, Maud did not have money for high school, she studied on her own and completed her Ordinary Level in just two years.
She was later identified by the Ministry of Education and awarded financial assistance for her Advanced Level and she scored 12 points in 2011. She lost her mother the same year.
Against all odds, at age 23, Maud Chifamba qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe and certified as a Public Accountant by the Public Accountants and Auditors Board Zimbabwe.
Maud Chifamba - Quotes:
After Grade 7 there was no school for me to go to, the normal thing in our community was getting married. I did not like my mother`s marriage that is one of the things that motivated me to work hard."
At home, we attempted to start businesses to change our circumstances. They always looked good on paper, but they failed. This is why I decided to study accounting, to understand why businesses failed."
Although I was the youngest, school was easy for me at university because I did not have to catch up like I had done through primary and high school. Every semester had its workload which I managed with ease."
My three years of articles becoming a Chartered Accountant showed me so much. It was a combination of school and real-life work experience. I can feel like I have grown so much."
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