Siblings have been drivers of each other. They push each other to want to be the best as was the case with Belcher triplets, the George twins, and now the Oyeniyi three, siblings who are all medical doctors.
The Oyeniyi siblings -Gloria, Victor and Blessing- are children of US-based Nigerian immigrants who moved to Texas in 1995. They did not have it easy at first, with their mom having to work as a janitor t first before both parents went back to get college degrees and their master’s degrees.
Speaking to Jonathan Martin of FOX 26 Houston, Victor said, “They (their parents) wanted and they aspired for us to be doctors, whether it was medical or professional. They just wanted us to have that title, and be the best at anything we chose to be.”
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The siblings chose to make their parents’ wishes come true, putting in the extra hours, overcoming all obstacles and remaining focused on their goals.
Taking to his Instagram page, Victor gave a clear picture of their journey to being doctors. He wrote:
“Despite my older sister being top of her class and having one of the highest entrance exams in her class, the private school in which my parents had applied for back in our home country of Nigeria unfortunately wanted bribes and additional things. Disheartened, my parents left all they knew and relocated us to Texas with old family friends of ours in hopes we wouldn’t be limited by those barriers they themselves encountered.
My father and mother left their professional careers of being a pilot of over 19 years and a bank manager, respectively, only to begin afresh in the U.S. re-enrolling in college as freshmen and working odd jobs ultimately getting their SECOND bachelors and master’s degrees all to sustain us all because they had higher aspirations for us. Though things are now better in Nigeria, this is more a testament of their will and sacrifice than it is about our achievements here.”
Victor is holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the Texas Southern University, while Gloria and Blessing, the most recent graduate, graduated from John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, aBlessing is currently doing her residency in Austin.
Victor, in his instagram post, hoped they have made their parents proud. We believe they have and thank them for being an inspiration to others who look to emulate them.