- Ola Brown is the founder and CEO of a fast-growing investment company, Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company
- But she didn't start out as a healthcare investor, she was originally a medical doctor before voluntarily giving up her license
- She said the death of her younger sister opened her understanding to the underdevelopment of the African healthcare and the need to make an impact in that area
Not many will give up an established venture to set feet in the murky waters of a new terrain entirely but Ola Brown is doing that and she is doing just fine in that regard.
Ola Brown's last name would have been preceded with the 'Dr' initials for a medical doctor had she not quit the profession.
The Nigerian lady voluntarily gave up her medical license to pursue a career in finance. Brown, now founder of a leading African healthcare investment company, said many people were awe-struck when they learnt a well-read medical doctor was studying for a Masters in Finance and Economics.
At the University of London, London, where she the COVID-19 survivor said she was the odd one out as most of her colleagues were either investment bankers or economic policy experts working in international organisations such as the World Bank.
Plus, she had a hard time dealing with math courses as risks calculations, quantitative analysis and so forth but her resolve to make the switch was stronger than the challenges before her thus, she was able to achieve success.
It is not every time one sees a medical doctor switching to an entirely different career line and so this begged the question as to why she made the switch.
According to her narration, the untimely demise of her younger sister made her see the need to invest in the untapped African healthcare as she became very much aware of the challenges and was determined to be a part of the solution.
In a celebratory post on her Linkedln wall seen by Legit.ng, she said:
"Most of my colleagues were investment bankers, economic policy experts working with global organisations like the World Bank or people that worked for government institutions like central banks/ministries for finance/sovereign funds.
"To make things worse, I got Coronavirus and was on oxygen till a few days before my exams. I got my exam results today for my banking, financial markets, microeconomics, economic policy and macroeconomic papers. All passed! Just a few more months to go."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a Nigerian lady Veronica Effiong dumped journalism to become a naval officer.
Effiong said she had an amazing career in broadcasting for seven years but the Nigerian military had always held a funny mystery to her.
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