"Dare to live, Dare to be different, Dare to start that business, Dare to be more than you are, Dare to do it with God and For God, Dare to do it For this Generation." Adeola Deborah Olubamiji
Eloquent, articulate and stunning, Dr Adeola Olubamiji's story is one that is bound to inspire you. She hawked pepper for her mother as a child. Her dad had lost a lucrative contract when she was little and as a result, he lost his source of livelihood. Her family had to do whatever it took to stay afloat. She knew that she had to work a bit harder than the rest. She did not have the luxury of private tuition so she would study with a lantern into the early hours, of the morning. Inspired by the biblical meaning of her name (Deborah) and her uncle, an eminent physicist, retired Prof. Abiodun Oluwole, she worked hard to excel in academics. And excel she did.
The fifth child in a family of five, she has featured on international and local media. She studied Physics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago Iwoye, in Nigeria where she bagged a second class upper honours degree. She proceeded to Finland for a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering. She had to work cleaning jobs to survive. She also had to send money to her parents in Nigeria. It was not easy, but she made it through systematically to Canada.
In her own words, as she spoke to Punch Nigeria, in 2017, “Out of determination, I applied to over 100 schools for my PhD and finally got a full three-year scholarship (later extended to four years) at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering". A complete woman, who loves shoes, handbags and lipsticks she worked as a part-time makeup artist at Sephora. She also worked as a teaching assistant and she braided hair and fixed weaves to make extra money.
In 2017, she emerged as the first black African to attain a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. She emerged with a job at Cummins Inc by sending out over 3,000 job applications, in spite of all what the naysayers said. On Facebook, this is what Adeola wrote: "My name is Dr. Adeola D. Olubamiji. I am an immigrant, I am a visible minority, I have a foreign accent, no one can say my name right and I don't look like an engineer (I am a female who wears lipsticks and I love shoes). Surprisingly, I am also the first black person to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, Sask."
On LinkedIn, here is a summary of her professional qualifications: "Material Scientist / Additive Manufacturing Engineer with a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (Major: Material Science and Physics)
A proficient professional with experience in Additive Manufacturing techniques such as Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and Bioprinting.
Skilled in Material Research and Development, Material Selection, Material Characterization (X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Optical Microscopy, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)).
Experienced in Material Testing, Residual Stress Analysis (X-ray Diffraction; Neutron Diffraction), CAD design and Finite Element Analysis (structural engineering problems and stress analysis) and Topology Optimization to lightweight OEMs.
Creative Director and Founder of STEMHub Foundation. A charitable organization preparing females and visible minority youths with practical skills and one-to-one mentoring required to increase their proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and thrive in STEM careers."
We are inspired by this wonderful lady. JacanaBooks is proud to have Adeola Olubamiji as our Woman of the Week.