Minister interacts with Nana Abu-Bonsrah

Minister interacts with Nana Abu-Bonsrah

June 22, 2017 11:39 am

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, has congratulated Ms. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah on her historical match at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery (in the United States of America), where she will be continuing with her professional medical studies.

In the past 30 years that the prestigious program (ranked second in the US) of the school’s department of medicine has accepted residents (just two to five residents), never has been ranked a black woman. Now, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is making history.

Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba expressed her congratulatory message during a joyous conversation with Ms. Nancy Abu-Bosrah at her office when visited by Nancy and her mother, Mrs. Georgina Abu-Bonsrah over the week.

The Minister further commended Ms. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah for her dedication and commitment to her studies, which she said the world is witnessing its fruit today and surely will benefit from it tomorrow.

She added that she was very proud of Nancy for making her way to the increasing number of great female achievers, especially Ghanaian women, and stand as a source of inspiration to all young girls and women who aspire to achieve great things in life. “This is a clear demonstration, a real-life testimony of how far an empowered and educated Ghanaian woman or girl can get to, and become tomorrow a perfect example for other women and girls to emulate”, she said.

Ms. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, who explained narratively the whole feeling of this amazing opportunity to Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba said that, to be a Doctor is a calling, therefore, she wants to devote herself to the calling and be able to be have a positive impact on the lives of many.

Nancy further told the Minister that she is very hopeful of coming back to Ghana to share knowledge and experience gained over the course of her career as well as help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure in the country.

Ms. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah – originally Ghanaian – made history by becoming the first black woman ever to received training at the Department of Neurosurgery of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine which has been in existence for the past 124 years.

Daughter of Seth Abu-Bonsrah and Georgina Abu-Bonsrah, Nancy will be the first physician in her family, including the extended family. After moving to the US at the age of 15, she attended Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland and got a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry and later joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2012 to pursue with her studies in Doctor of Medicine.