Welcome to a great week!

RISE Youth of the Week is Ola Orekunrin from Nigeria. Olamide Orekunrin is a British-Nigerian medical doctor and CEO of Flying Doctors Nigeria; a business enterprise based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ola was born in London, England and grew up under the care of foster parents in Lowestoft. Her name “Ola” means “Wealth” in Yoruba.  Ola graduated from Hull York Medical School at the age of 21, becoming one of the youngest medical doctors in the United Kingdom.

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After graduation, Olamide worked for ten years with the National Health Service, United Kingdom. As an helicopter pilot with specialized training in aviation medicine, she pioneered the first air operated Emergency medical services in Lagos, Nigeria; Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd.

She was motivated to start the charity after experiencing the loss of her sister under difficult circumstances. She was also inspired to assuage the problems of emergency medical services in the Nigeria.

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Undaunted by difficult challenges, she successfully established Flying Doctors in Lagos, Nigeria in 2007 and she is currently the CEO. Ola is a member of both the American Academy of Aesthetic Surgeons and the British Medical Association. She was listed among Young Global leaders by World Economic Forum in 2013. Ola has also lectured on entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

You can contact Ola on Twitter via: @NaijaFlyingDr

Who will be the next Youth Of The Week?

You can be the next RISE Networks’ Youth of the Week! All you have to do is get a friend to recommend your work or send your profile and accomplishments to us via email: rise@risenetworks.org. We want to use this platform to recognize and celebrate the efforts of amazing young people around the world.