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Amy M. Hay

Edwards’s service was also recognized in 1967 when she received the Poverello Medal, awarded to individuals whose lives followed the ideals of Saint Francis of Assisi. Blessed with financial and familial support, her ministry to poor European immigrants and Mexican migrants, her own life of voluntary poverty, and her service to the African American community all made her a worthy recipient of such honors. She spent a lifetime addressing the needs of the poor, women, students, and the aged.

Edwards was born in Washington, DC. Her parents, Thomas Edwards, a professor of dentistry at Howard University, and Marie Coakley Edwards, had three other children. Edwards grew up in a middle-class family, part of the capital’s elite society at the time. At an early age she decided she wanted to become a doctor. She attended Washington’s Dunbar High School, graduating in 1917 as valedictorian She attended Howard ...

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Jeremy Rich

Cameroon gynecologist, was born to a Bassa family in the town of Sackbayémi in the Puma district on the coast of Cameroon. Her father had been a Catholic priest, but after his conversion to Protestantism, he married and had six children. His willingness to challenge the status quo would be followed by his daughter as she became one of the first female doctors in Cameroon. After attending primary and secondary schools in Cameroon, Gwet-Bell moved to France to attend medical school. She began to show interest in medicine at ten years of age, when she worked as a volunteer in a hospital. To help pay for school, Gwet-Bell sold perfume in a store.

After Gwet Bell received her degree from the University of Paris 5 she returned to her homeland She first worked at the Conseil des Églises Baptiste et Evangélique de Cameroun CEBEC Hospital in Bonabéri affiliated with her ...

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Abdulai Abubakari

Ghanaian gynecologist and politician, was born on 15 April 1945 into the royal family at Sumniboma, a village near Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi District in Northern Region, Ghana. He was born Nasigrie Edward Mahama to the chief of Sumniboma, Kuloagnaa Nasigrie, and Madam Tani Nasigrie, who was a princess of Zambulgu, a village to the south of Sumniboma. His father died two months before he was born.

In 1953 Nasigrie’s elder brother G. Y. Mahama, who had just finished Aggrey Memorial College, was posted to Nalerigu as a court clerk and brought Nasigrie with him to attend Nalerigu primary school. Mahama then attended the Nalerigu Middle School and passed the common entrance examinations, to secure admission into the Government Secondary School in Tamale in September 1960 Although he was a promising athlete and a fine soccer player nicknamed Pelé after the Brazilian star Mahama focused on academics He ...