Friday, March 1, 2013

Women's History Month - Motivational Stories #1

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March is Women's History Month here in the US. Last month was the month of love and we celebrated the men who love us, and those we love. I've decided to use this month as an opportunity to showcase some contemporary Nigerian young women doing motivational things. I'll start with a young lady I discovered just some days ago

Ola Orekunrin is a 26 years old medical doctor and founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, the first air ambulance service in West Africa. Her start-up is a social enterprise providing urgent air ambulances to leading health institutions, insurance companies and private individuals throughout West Africa.

Dr. Ola an exemplary product of England’s Foster care system, was raised in a working class home by foster care parents where she quickly learned the value of hard and smart work. Dr. Ola later applied these skills learnt in her childhood to put herself through school with jobs in retail, modeling and administration. Undeterred by the challenges (financial included) that seemingly blocked her path, Dr. Ola graduated medical school at age twenty one (21), becoming the youngest doctor to graduate in the entire country. With such impressive credentials and brilliance, you would think she would settle for working at England’s prestigious acute care facilities/hospitals. She had a different agenda.


Influenced by the feature film Hotel Rwanda and the death of her twelve (12) year old sister, Dr. Ola, for 9 months, saved half of her salary, networked and read all she could on what it took to run a successful medical business. In 2009, armed with knowledge, the finance and handson experience, she added to Nigeria’s “brain gain” by booking her ticket to a country she had never even visited to execute her plan.

We should mention that, in her short twenty-six years on earth, the very ambitious doctor has authored numeorus articles in leading medical journals, sat on various influential boards at the British Medical Association, produced ground-breaking research in the field of regenerative medicine through her work with induced pluripotent stem cells; and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship.








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16 comments:

  1. Well done Myne. She is truly an inspiration, God bless her. I will suggest Dora Akunyili o.

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  2. Good work Myne..she's passionate abt healthcare and she is a good source of inspiration to Nigeria young women.

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  3. And to think she is only 26!!!

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  4. Great inspiration for young women. Not only is the doctor doing marvelously well in the practice of medicine, she is also very beautiful and wears cheerful looks! I pray that ohter young Nigerian women would find this piece inspiring enough to work with a meaningful plan that would also impact positively on society.

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  5. Yes likes of Ngozi okonjo iweala. women are indeed great vessel. Women have lots of potentials. God dosent joke with women, you can ask mary mother of Jesus. Woman! What a great hand work! Chukwu umunwanyi nde-ewo o!

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  6. Yes likes of Ngozi okonjo iweala. women are indeed great vessel. Women have lots of potentials. God dosent joke with women, you can ask mary mother of Jesus. Woman! What a great hand work! Chukwu umunwanyi nde-ewo o!

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  7. I love this lady and the good work she is doing. Nice job MYNE. www.secretlilies.blogspot.com

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  8. Good work! Very inspiring... Thank you for being such an example, Dr Ola.

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  9. She started it about 2 years ago oh @ 24. So that is even more inspiring.
    @myne, I know u'll air mine soon

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  10. WoW So so impressed! Love this series Myne.. 2 thumbs up!
    I admire Dr Ola so much, she's definitely an inspiration xx

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