After the Black History Month Service at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 2 October, people attended the Science, Business and Arts workshops.

Bishop Dr Karowei Dorgu, himself a medical Doctor, and his wife Dr Mosun Dorgu, a child Psychiatrist led a lively and engaging Science and Medicine workshop.

Trainee GP, Dr Tomi Ashaye shared her experiences
“I am currently training to become a GP and when I told my teachers that I wanted to pursue Medicine as a career, they were not encouraging. Unfortunately, I did not get a sense of encouragement or enthusiasm from most of them. This was a disheartening and stressful period for me, especially when I saw the enthusiasm and level of support my peers were receiving.

My family are first and foremost my greatest source of support and encouragement. Through their tireless networking and prayers, I was encouraged during my exam period and able to gain invaluable insight from doctors at different stages of their careers.

I love my job and the ability to work everyday to improve people’s health or support them through life changing events. Since working as a doctor, I have however, noted the lack of black doctors in the profession. Racial bias and stereotyping is present within the healthcare system, and therefore seeking representation as a young black professional is a challenge.

My advice to other young people like myself is that it is important to maintain a hobby outside of work. Always seek opportunities to network. Be humble and kind to everyone.

My faith has helped me in many ways and I truly believe that no door is closed for God’s children.

Doctors Mike Ihama  and Emmanuel Baikie, who is GP and a Curate at Christ Church Surbiton Hill, also spoke about their experiences.

Mike said, “It was a pleasure to be part of the science workshop showcasing various ways to engage with and develop a career in Science. It was even more heart warming to see so many young people there. They are our future and we are thankful that in our own little ways, we can shine a light on paths they may have thought unattainable.”

“Marking Black History Month tends to be a reminder of the world’s dark past but this year, the highlight for me was in the Science workshop where we had a wonderful opportunity to help our young ones think about their future in a positive way,” said Emmanuel

 Bishop Karowei had this advice for those attending the workshop, “When you can help, help out that child who will be a blessing to the church and the entire world.” He also stressed the importance of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) Programme and urged people to share the information with each other. He also said, “Believe in yourself. Parents, let your belief system align with your reality. There is help out there. Whatever you do stay focused and don’t be distracted. Work hard. The system is not against you.

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘you will always have challenges, but I have overcome the world.’ Be grounded and sensible and God will bless your work.”