Congratulations Class of 2017

The MYA Team congratulates the Class of 2017 for their great achievement.


Dr. Abdul-Razaq Adedayo, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Health Innovation and Leadership.

Dr. Adebayo was born in Ibadan, Nigeria where he attended schools. He had a bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the Universities of Ilorin and Ibadan, Nigeria, respectively. He worked as high school teacher of English in Nigeria (1994 -95), The Gambia (1996-2001), and as an assistant college professor in Nigeria (2004 – 2007) while studying for his Ph.D. in English at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

He migrated to the US with a family of five in May 2007 and after various attempts to complete his Ph. D. research in English or go to Law School had failed; he turned his sight into a career change into Nursing. His nursing career began after graduating with a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Minnesota in December 2012.

He has worked as a registered nurse, a nursing supervisor and Director of Nursing Services in various healthcare organizations. His desire to reach the top of the nursing profession led him back to the University Of Minnesota School Of Nursing where he graduated in May 2017 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Certificate in Health Care Design and Innovation (HCDI).

Dr. AbdulRazaq Adebayo currently works as Director of Nursing Services, Victory Health and Rehabilitation Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota and his passion is in the transformation of the health care system through relationship-based care and an interdisciplinary partnership approach.


Dr. Taofeek Adedeji Akinpelu, MD

Dr. Taofeek was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Akinpelu in the year 1986. He completed his elementary education at Unik nursery and primary school Ibadan. He completed his secondary education at Wesley school of science. Ibadan. Obtained his BSC from University of Minnesota Twins city, MSC from Rutgers graduate school of biomedical science before proceeding to New York medical college where he obtained his MD.


Gafar Amuda, High School Graduate

Abdul-Gafar Bolaji Amuda attended: Skyview Elementary, crosswinds art and science middle school, Johnson aerospace and engineering high school. Extracurricular activities/ jobs/ community activities/ achievements St.Paul magazine- super students recognition, Optimist scholarship recipient Academic award letter recipient: grade 9-12, John A. Johnson key award recipient An honor roll distinction: Grade 9-12, the University of St.Thomas reaching excellence in academics and leadership participant MnDOT engineering intern (June 2016- present) 3M step intern ( February 2016- June 2016) Muslim youth awareness National Honor Society (member)- April 2015- present Johnson tutoring service (tutor)- October 2015- present Johnson multicultural club (member) September 2015-present Advisory leadership( leader) August 2015- June 2016 Link Crew Leader (Leader) August 2015- June 2016 Feed my starving children volunteer College possible ( participant): September 2015- present Urban roots conservation intern ( June 2014- August 2015) Junior varsity tennis ( member) Varsity track (member) Sun Ray Library volunteer


Hakeem Martins, High School Graduate

He was born December 18, 1998. He's graduating from White Bear Lake Area Highschool South Campus. He's going to Metropolitan State University and planning to transfer after 1 year to Columbia college in Chicago. He won awards for his poems and for his photography. His poetry was also featured in a published book

Abdul- Hakeem was born in December 18, 1998. Graduating from White Bear Lake Area High School South Campus. He's going to Metropolitan State University and planning to transfer after 1 year to Columbia college in Chicago. He won awards for his poems and for his photography. His poetry was also featured in a published book.


Fisayo Oduyemi, High School Graduate

I am Oluwafisayo Uthman Oduyemi; I was born and raised in North St.Paul Minnesota where I attended Cowern Elementary, John Glenn Middle school, and North High school. I plan on attending the University of Wisconsin where I will be majoring in Computer Science and Minoring in Business Marketing. I have played in multiple sports throughout my life such as Football, Baseball, Wrestling and Track and Field, I have helped lead my team to multiple championships throughout my life. I was the senior Deca President/Deca Manager where I placed first in my franchise business plan in districts, 2nd in my sales demonstration and placed in the top 10 in the state competition.

One thing I have learned is that there will be multiple challenges throughout my life but the only way to conquer those challenges are to approach those challenges head on and eventually you will succeed at the end of the process.


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