30 TO 30 Alumni Series – Vincent Yohanna

The 30 TO 30 is an alumni profile series that is celebrating Africa University’s 30th Graduation. This series will profile 30 alumni spread across the continent and globe.

“I was made at AU, where Africa happens everyday”

Programme: Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (Honours)

Country: Nigeria

Year of completion: 2019

Current Position: Medical Laboratory Scientist

Organisation: UMCN Rural Health Program

My time at AU:

Africa University made me who I am today. It was a phenomenal experience on campus during my Acacia days. I vividly remember the various campus activities we undertook as an institution, which all instilled the values of giving back to the community. Through the Chaplaincy unity, on several occasions we visited nearby villages to help with school-building and church-building projects, rendering our assistance in many forms. The institution also organised and collected donations such as clothing, groceries, shoes, etc, which we took to the Tongogara camp for refugees. It was a life-changing moment for most of us as we learned to appreciate what we have and to never take anything for granted. AU invested so much in me and helped tremendously in bringing out my leadership skills. During vacation, we used to stay on campus, as most international students do, and I was attached to the University Health Sciences department where I served as an assistant in the presidential malaria project. The staff at that unit were friendly, accommodating and professional.

The student development program was an opportunity to learn hands-on from competent and dedicated University staff officers. I also got the opportunity to serve in the Student Affairs section, where I was mentored about work ethics and other professional skills, which indeed added so much value to me.

I was the class representative of my class for four years during which I honed my people management and leadership skills. I was also into student politics and at one-time was the secretary of the electoral committee.

During my one-year internship at Lancet Medical Laboratories, one of the biggest pathology medical laboratories in Zimbabwe, I learned from the best brains and got an award as the most cheerful staffer of 2018, all thanks to the mentorship and investment I received from AU.

Vincent Yohanna – Medical Laboratory Scientist, UMCN Rural Health Program

Impact and Achievements Post-graduation

Immediately after graduation, I was accepted into the Global Mission Fellow program of the United Methodist Church, which engages young people in mission service and places them in different contexts to serve and give back. I served in Liberia at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital for two years and at the end of my contract, I was reassigned again to work for another year. At the facility, we were able to train medical laboratory personnel in using cutting-edge technology, train them on ISO 15189 standards, and perform medical diagnostic services to support patient care.

Giving back and community service are what I am currently involved in. I am a post-graduate second-year student at Drew University pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. I am also a candidate for Home Missioner, a lifetime commitment mission program for justice, service, and love administered by the United Women in Faith. I am currently a Medical Laboratory Scientist working at a faith-based organisation and giving back to my community by providing health education and performing medical laboratory services.

The training at AU indeed prepared me for life after graduation. I blend and adapt easily in different contexts all because of the well-curated academic, leadership and spiritual tutoring I received at AU, a truly world-class institution of higher learning that is committed to investing in Africa’s future. I am grateful to Africa University for investing so much in my future. The values of Ubuntu and giving back are now a part of my DNA and I will continue to cherish every learning experience I encountered at Africa University. Indeed, I was made at AU, where Africa happens everyday.