Orezime Uyeh is a 26-year old Nigerian-American artist who was born and raised in Georgia. She loves running, photography, eating yummy food, and spending time with family. Orezime earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Georgia Institute of Technology (2017) and her Master of Science in Biology at Georgia State University (2019). She is currently a 2nd year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Orezime's motivation behind creating Girls for Medicine was her passion for art, children, healthcare, teaching, and mentorship. She wanted to incorporate all these passions in my first book. As a child, Orezime almost never saw any books that were tailored to girls who looked like her, let alone African-American characters interested in the science or medicine. For Orezime, she did not consider medicine until college, but she always wondered what if there was a story that told her she could be a doctor if she wanted to.
“I WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT MY YOUNGER SELF WOULD HAVE LOVED TO READ.”
So, one evening in July 2019, Rezi felt convicted to brainstorm a few sketches which soon became rough drafts of the potential pages to her children’s book, Girls For Medicine. And the rest was history.