Sierra Leone’s Umaru Barrie, PhD, has become the first generation PhD graduate to hail from a small village in Sierra Leone. Born in the midst of a civil war, Barrie and his family were forced to flee their home and seek refuge in Guinea. Despite the challenges of being a refugee, Barrie remained determined to pursue his dreams of education.
Growing up in a refugee camp, Barrie had limited access to education. However, he was able to attend school thanks to the support of his hard work. He excelled academically and became the first member of his family to attain this fit.
Barrie immigrated to the United States with a dollar and dream to pursue further his education and achieve his dream of becoming a doctor in Medicine (M.D.), He then went on to earn his PhD in Philosophy at the The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Barrie’s journey to becoming a PhD graduate was not an easy one. He faced numerous obstacles along the way, including financial difficulties and cultural barriers. However, he persevered and became a trailblazer for future generations of students.
Despite his many achievements, Barrie remains humble and grateful for the opportunities he has had. He hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams, no matter how difficult the path may seem.
“On my PhD Commencement day, as I walked across that stage, my heart swelled with joy and gratitude.
I stood, knowing that my dreams and aspirations, once distant and seemingly unattainable, are now fulfilled.
In this journey, I learned to keep my head held high, knowing that my journey extends beyond personal achievement. It is a journey for those who were denied opportunities, for those who dreamt but couldn’t chase after their passions. I carry their hopes within me, lighting a fire of purpose that fuels my every step.
My ultimate goal remains to return to the motherland, back to the land that shaped my identity, and contribute to building robust health infrastructures and systems. I want to be part of a transformative change, where quality healthcare reaches every corner of the continent. I yearn to create a future where no child’s dreams are limited by their circumstances, where every life is valued, and where hope thrives.
Every setback, every challenge, and every doubt only strengthens my resolve to push beyond limits. I believe that the impossible is only a construct waiting to be shattered.
None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of my loved ones. Their encouragement, sacrifices, and belief in me have been the pillars of my journey. Their love fuels my determination, even when the road ahead seems daunting. ❤️
To every dreamer out there, I encourage you to dare to dream the impossible. Chase after your passions relentlessly, for they hold the power to change the world. Never underestimate the impact you can make, and never let trials and tribulations extinguish the flame within you.
Together, we can be catalysts for change, building a future where dreams become reality.
Join me on this extraordinary journey as I continue to strive, dream, and persevere. Together, let’s create a world where equal opportunities and accessible healthcare are not just dreams but tangible realities.
Together, we can be the change we wish to see.
Together, we can achieve beyond our dreams
Just making Africa proud
Just making Harlem proud.” He posted.