Meet the Nigerian and Only Black Member of Governing Body at a UK University

Dr. Obinna Ebirim is a Nigerian and the first and only black member of board of governors at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland.

According to reports, Dr. Obinna who holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Port Harcourt – is a postgraduate governor and a member of board of governors at the University.

Dr. Obinna Ebirim is also a fellow of the United States Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders and is currently a senior program officer for International Vaccine Access Center projects in Nigeria.

He also volunteers as a medical doctor in his church’s free sickbay for poor parishioners. Obinna is founder of the Impact Driven Young Leaders Initiative, a member of All Progress Youth Forum, and content developer for YALI Network Abuja.

Obinna is a recipient of many awards including Glitz Award Student Activist of the Year 2010, Timiwest Oyins Integrity Award for Innovative Leadership 2011, Association of Resident Doctors UPTH Medical House Officer of the Year 2012/2013. He is a member of Nigerian Medical Association and also the ruling political party in Nigeria – All Progressive Congress.

Dr Obinna who was a former personal Assistant to Commissioner of Health in Imo state, had to take a part-time job as a kitchen assistant in the United Kingdom just to make some extra cash despite his qualification as a medical doctor in the UK.

According to him:

‘What I do here is not just to live but to live by example to the young generation. The good things of life don’t come easy, one has to work for them and there is a price for every achievement in life.

When some people see me working as a Kitchen Assistant, they wonder why I stooped so low to do that. But I always tell them there is dignity in labor and you will be more accountable for the penny you earn through your sweat. Hard-work has taken me to places I never believed I would ever reach in life’

Dr Obinna is currently running his advanced studies at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland.


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