Rutgers University Medical Student Is Also a Novelist

Grace Ibitamuno Obienu was married in 2014 and had a baby the next year. This past August she began studies in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Rutgers University. She is undergoing her medical training at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and taking courses for her Ph.D. in epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health.

Seems like a very full plate. But Obienu also recently published her debut novel. Her book, Not Yet Beautiful (eLectio Publishing, 2016), tells the story of a 19-year-old Nigerian women who was a victim of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the United States.

Obienu, is a native of Maryland and the daughter of Nigerian parents. She lived in Nigeria from age 7 through high school. Obienu returned to the United States to attend college at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where she majored in biology.

She is currently working on a sequel to her novel.


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