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The African Woman Contest Submission: Dr. Grace Ogiehor-Enoma

Dr. Grace Ogiehor-Enoma. My mother is by far the strongest, most determined and selfless woman I have ever met. I am not saying this because she is my mother. I am saying this because it is true. How many people can say that their mother has six children, has founded a national non-for-profit nursing organization (Nigerian Nurses Association of North America) that has led to the creation of many other state and national chapters, has a medical school (Grace Strategic Healthcare Solutions), and a doctorate’s degree? I can. I would also like to add that my mother travels across the country, and back to Nigeria, to give speeches at conventions and galas. She meets with the first lady, ministers and other leaders of Nigeria to discuss how to help Nigeria more forward. She has even had the opportunity to go to Kenya and Ethiopia to teach. And with all this, my mother has worked three jobs for decades to support my large family and has recently retired from one of them to focus on her dream: her school. My mother was born and raised in Nigeria so she has instilled hard work into our daily lives. She often preaches about putting my all into everything I do. There is no point on starting something that I have no intention of fulfilling to the best of its ability. She has also taught me to challenge myself. Mediocrity is not an option so I should strive for excellence. With these two things in mind, I have made it to where I am now: an advanced placement student in the top thirty of my class that is captain of my school’s dance, a select competitor of our Future Business Leaders of America team and active member of other groups such as National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, National Business Honor Society and more. If it was not for my mother’s unwavering nature, I would not have the strength or drive to do everything that I do, especially though the hardships that we have faced in these past few years. My mother is a champion for strong women not only in Africa, but worldwide. This is why she is my role model.

Submission by: Ivie Enoma
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