Nigerian lady bags 3 degrees, becomes doctor, pharmacist years after being told girl child can’t be great

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A Nigerian lady identified as Ifeyinwa Ezeudu, has taken to social media to share her success story which has now begun serving as a source of inspiration to a lot of people.

According to Ifeyinwa, when she was 14 years old, a family member asked what she would like to be in the future and she replied “pharmacist and a medical doctor”. She revealed that the relative however discouraged her, saying such professions are not meant for the Nigerian girl child.

Ifeyinwa said it was those downplaying words that challenged her and she promised herself to achieve her dream no matter what.

In a LinkedIn post, Ifeyinwa shared that she triumphed over the limitation of that family friend’s words as she became a medical doctor in 2020 with many awards. She further advised every girl child in Nigeria to pursue their dreams, telling them they are achievable.

Ifeyinwa wrote,

At age 14,a family friend who came to visit us saw me studying my books and asked what I would want to be in future.I said pharmacist and medical doctor . She screamed “are you not aware that you are a girl child?”Nne you can not achieve that as a Nigerian girl”I smiled and that was it!

I felt challenged to achieve those regardless, the passion was too much for being a “girl child” to stop.
After my diploma in science laboratory technology,I proceeded for pharmacy and graduated as the best in my class and school as well, not just a valedictorian but also the first international student to give that speech in over 66 years of my school’s existence.

But I didn’t feel fulfilled, I went further to complete my medical degree,achieved a lot of academic excellence award in the process.
Today I am not just a pharmacist and medical doctor ,I am also a laboratory technician.
I have recently started exploring weight management
program which I find so exciting.

I am glad I didn’t listen to our family friend who told me otherwise as “girl child”.I have not yet arrived but I am proud of where I am now. Dear “girl child”reading this post,I want to remind you that you are unstoppable. Dream ,work towards it and someday you will happy you did.
Happy international day of the girl child!


  1. Words of encouragement! There are lots of people out there, instead of encouraging any child or children who is ready to study hard reverse is the case they will be telling you that you can’t achieve this and that. Always appreciate God for supporting you to achieve this.

  2. One thing in life is that you can’t give what you don’t have. sometimes, there are some evil people who human being cloth. That’s why it is good for the parents to let the children know the right things to be doing right from their tender age. Congrats to you.

  3. I thank God for you for not relenting your efforts because nothing can be done without his knowledge. Moreso, I will also commend your parents efforts and you too for focussing on what to do. Congratulations to you on your success, more of it

  4. Who says a girl child will not be great? It is only in a discriminating society like Nigeria you hear them saying “female education ends in kitchen” in an idea society they believe in when you educate a girl child you are educating a nation. Congratulations to you.

  5. Nawa oh for that Family Friend, please I want to know if there is a special profession meant for Girl Child? My dear I thank God for you for not listening to the Family Friend at least now when he/she sees you he will be ashamed of him/herself.
    Congrats to you dear and thank God for making your dreams come through.

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