This post is the sixth in a series of interviews from women and girls at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in Georgetown, Guyana.
I’m here in Georgetown, Guyana to conduct interviews with inspiring women and girls and to listen to their stories. Recently, I got the wonderful opportunity to meet with Dr. Bunmi Ajibua, 30, and discover what drives her, what motivates her, and more.
What made you interested in becoming a doctor?
A: My environment in school. When I was eight and nine years old, my school was located within a hospital compound. I always saw doctors walking around and was very inquisitive. I wanted to be like them. It is because of them that I grew interested in caring for people.
What is your favorite part about being a doctor?
A: I love seeing the smiles on my patients’ faces, seeing them happy, and hearing them say, “Thank you I feel better.”
Who inspires you and why?
A: My sister inspires me. She is seven years older than me and works as a nurse. She is very passionate and hardworking – she’s my rock. She is everything that I want to be. I admire her strength and her work ethic.
Why is women’s health important to you?
A: Women are the rock of any institution, house, and/or family. When women are sick, they aren’t able to care for their family. Healthy women create a strong family base and help provide for their children.
What is the one thing you’re most proud of in your career or in life?
A: I’m proud to be a Christian and to love God and to know God. As a doctor, I see miracles happen everyday. I’m also proud of my achievements and that I have become the person I am today – both in terms of how I treat people and how I allow myself to be treated by others.
What are some challenges you have faced?
A: There have been a lot of financial challenges. I’ve made many sacrifices to get where I am today. I am originally from Nigeria, but I went to medical school in Ukraine. In Ukraine, I faced a lot of racial discrimination that, at times, could be very challenging to overcome.
What advice would you give to young women and girls who want to make a difference?
A: Have a goal. A positive goal. Have a goal that you know will make you a better person. Have a goal and work towards that goal. For women, men can be a major distraction. You must focus on your studies first and foremost. Get where you’re going and there you’ll find men of a higher caliber who will respect you for the woman you are.