12 Influential Young Pan-African Women to Watch

Omolayo Nkem Jun 2, 2017 at 11:28am

June 02, 2017 at 11:28 am | Women

Omolayo Nkem

Omolayo Nkem

June 02, 2017 at 11:28 am | Women


Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, Ghanaian
Neurosurgery resident, John Hopkins University

In March 2017, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, 26, became the first black female neurosurgeon in residence at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. The neurosurgery specialty was founded at John’s Hopkins, whose residency program is ranked #2 throughout the US and accepts just two to five residents. She also attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was the first black female neurosurgeon trained there in the school’s 124 year history. Nancy Abu-Bonsarch’s interest in neurosurgery stems from a trip to Ghana, where she was born, during her junior year at Mount St. Mary’s University, where she shadowed a neurosurgeon. She was impressed by the surgeon’s skill and spurred to action by witnessing the overwhelm of patients. With her education and training from John Hopkins, she hopes to give back to Ghana and other countries with inadequate medical infrastructure.


There you have it- 12 of the most influential young pan-African women to watch! Keep up with their stories to stay inspired and motivated to continue achieving your goals. Like these women, never stop believing in yourself and continue to put in the hard work needed! And when you do start climbing, don’t forget to lift others along with you.

For up front and personal inspiration, some of these women will be speaking at the Pan-African Women Forum on July 13th at the Sheraton NY Time Square Hotel. Come and hear their amazing stories and mix and mingle with other pan-Africans committed to celebrating the achievements of pan-African women and forging a path for others to climb. Featuring two panel discussions and the opportunity for networking, you are sure to leave inspired and rejuvenated.

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