Just Back from America, Onyedikachi Ekwerike leads Psychological change in Nigeria with PSN Africa
It’s often believed that it is hard to graduate with a first class in a Government university.
Many have argued that only a private school can give a first class because the government lecturers won’t just let it happen. Others have said that a second class upper degree in a government school is equivalent to a first class degree in a private university. If that is so, what would be said of someone who has been able to achieve first class in a government university? A super genius I presume.
Onyedikachi Ekwerike is a Nigerian who has shown that the so called impossible is actually posible. He, against all odds graduated with a first class degree in Psychology from Lagos State University, Ojo.
TheInspiredDream recently interviewed him. While asking him how he made it happen, he said: “I really never aspired to hit it big. I was just in love with the course I was studying. I love psychology, and wanted to know as much as I could about it. I was chasing excellence.”
When he said that I remembered the movie ‘3 idiots’ where Rancho told his friends ‘chase excellence and success would follow you’. That’s Kachi’s story, he came out astounding while inspiring others at the same time.
Kachi as he is foldly called recently represented Nigeria in the just concluded Mandela Washington Fellowship held in the United States of America. He was there with delegates from various African countries. He must really have had fun. But what does he have to say?
“True, it was indeed an amazing experience.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a Leadership program organized by the US Government to develop young African leaders. I spent 6 weeks in Kansas State University, learning from the very best at Staley School of Leadership.”
He also added “It was also an amazing opportunity to network with people, and I did make some great connections. Firstly with young dynamic leaders from 23 African countries and also with exceptional Americans some of who work in my field promoting maternal mental health.”
Kachi is the Founder/CEO of Postpartum Support Network (PSN) Africa, an organization set up to educate and screen women for postpartum depression. It is first of its kind in Africa. He has a background in Psychology, with a First class from Lagos State university and a masters degree from the University of Lagos.
He started PSN Africa as an NGO in 2015 and has been waxing strong ever since. They recently got funding from ACT Foundation supported by Access Bank to run their current project tagged ‘Feel Something Say Something 2.0’ aimed at educating and screening 2000 women and training 100 Nurses. Prior to this, they have basically funded themselves.
Their office is located at 20, Bisi Ogabi Street, Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja and have a goal to help women all across Africa. Presently they are in 5 African countries and hope to be supporting women in 10 African countries.
Gradually Nigeria and indeed Africa is taking it’s leadership position with young people like Kachi taking the lead. We at www.theinspireddream.com.ng would continue to bring you stories of people performing outstanding feats in their fields.
Till next time, remain inspired.