Pediatrics, Graduating Class of 2024
I am originally from Nigeria.
I completed my medical training at Nigeria's premier university, the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, after which I did residency training in pediatric surgery. I am also rounding off my graduate program in environmental health at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Why did you come to the U.S. – and to Michigan?
The thirst for knowledge and the desire to seek first-hand experience and training in a country with the best resources, state-of-the-art technology, and first-class research opportunities prompted me to come to the United States. My reason for coming to the state of Michigan is because of the feedback from friends who had their training in Michigan; they boasted of the best training experiences, the wonderful summer and winter recreation activities, and the beautiful sceneries.
Why did you choose your specialty?
Pediatrics as a specialty has always captured my heart - the fact that I can be a voice to a vulnerable population and the satisfaction of seeing a sick child spring back to a joyful, healthy kid.
I am married to Sunday, an electrical engineer who works as a manager in one of Nigeria's banking industries. He has been a pillar of support to me in my career. I also have three wonderful children - Richard, Donald, and Laura, ages 16, 15, and 8 years, respectively.
Top 5 Favs in the Flint area:
- The Flint Institute of Arts
- Stepping Stone falls
- Flint Children's Museum
- Longway Planetarium
- ForMar Nature Preserve
What do you love about Michigan and Hurley?
What I love about Hurley is the sense of family and belonging I felt when I came. People over here are very kind, humble, warm, and welcoming. I have received tremendous support from my colleagues, seniors, and faculty. There is enough diverse pathology to learn from, and faculty are always there to teach.
I love sewing clothes. It helps in nurturing my creativity and also serves as a stress relief.
Your life is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
I like this quote because it reminds me of the temporality of human existence and the need to make a positive impact while one is still alive.