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Reading: Peter Obi Took to His Linkedln Account to celebrate Dr. Ije Akunyili on being the first African to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer in USA
Reading: Peter Obi Took to His Linkedln Account to celebrate Dr. Ije Akunyili on being the first African to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer in USA

Peter Obi Took to His Linkedln Account to celebrate Dr. Ije Akunyili on being the first African to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer in USA

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Peter Obi Took to His Linkedln Account to celebrate Dr. Ije Akunyili on being the first African to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer in USA
Peter Obi Took to His Linkedln Account to celebrate Dr. Ije Akunyili on being the first African to be appointed as Chief Medical Officer in USA

Peter Obi, an entrepreneur and politician announced his joy on his LinkedIn account after Dr. Ije Akunyili was appointed Chief Medical Officer of the US State Department of Health.

This is a proud achievement for the Nigerian community, as Dr. Akunyili is the first Nigerian to attain such a position in the US.

With his post, Obi applauded Dr. Akunyili for her hard work, dedication, and passion for medicine. He further highlighted that her appointment is a milestone as it represents a major step forward for the Nigerian Diaspora in the US.

It is remarkable how far Akunyili has taken her career in medicine despite the odds. Born in Nigeria, She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Akunyili earned an MPA in international development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Akunyili has vast leadership and advocacy experience and is currently serving as the President of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians (CCEP).

She then went on to achieve greater milestones in her profession,

She was an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX, and she is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University.

Considering her tenacity and hard work, Obi believes it is only right to celebrate Dr. Akunyili and her momentous achievement. He hopes she will be a positive example and an inspiration to Nigerians in the diaspora, and he encouraged others to follow in her footsteps so that together, we can make an even greater impact in the medical world.

Obi’s post has gone viral, and it is receiving an overwhelming amount of support from Africans in the Diaspora who are proud of Dr. Akunyili’s accomplishment. Many of them took to his post to applaud her for her courage and hard work in attaining such an incredible achievement.

With that being said, this appointment is a win for the entire Nigerian community. We would like to congratulate Dr. Ije Akunyili for her remarkable milestone and success, and wish her all the best in her new position.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.