Afam Onyema went to Stanford Law School intending to go the Big Law route. He summered at Kirkland & Ellis and got an offer from the firm. But by the time he entered his third year, in 2006, Onyema’s plans had changed. He turned down the K&E offer and one from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Instead, he decided to open a hospital in Nigeria.

In doing so, he was fulfilling his father’s dream. Onyema’s parents had moved from Nigeria to Chicago in 1974 so that his father, an obstetrician and gynecologist, could complete his residency at Cook County Hospital. His mother, a nurse, also finished her training in the U.S.

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