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African Village Boy-Turned-Medical Doctor: Comes to America, Gets an Education, a Wife and Returns to Pursue His Childhood Dream


After witnessing the preventable death of his father in the mid 1950’s, Uchenna Nwosu vowed to become a doctor and build a hospital in his eastern Nigerian village.

In “Wrapped Soil: An Autobiography of a Mission-Driven Life,” he explains how when he left for Harvard in 1961, a farewell gift of wrapped soil from his home symbolized his determination to return home and achieve his goal: “By the time of my departure for America, I was no longer pursuing a personal dream, but a group dream.”

Along the way he had to deal with a predatory British headmaster, a face-off with overt racism that landed him in a Cambridge jail and the challenge of recruiting healthcare workers willing to serve in a place without good roads, electricity or running water. Truly a labor of love, as his American wife Linda fully embraced her new home and sacrificed right alongside him for the cause.

“Wrapped Soil” is rich with detailed diary entries, period photos and poetic reflections from the author’s artistic side. Written with illuminating insights into the culture and traditions of the Igbo people of Nigeria, Dr. Nwosu’s notes that one of his biggest challenges in delivering better healthcare was the lack of science-based health information and strongly-held religious beliefs among the general public - a theme that is quite relatable in today’s world grappling with a global pandemic.
This book will interest those with a heart for medical missions, global healthcare and colonial Africa. Read the book to experience this village boy’s captivating and inspiring memoir.

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“Wrapped Soil: Autobiography of a Medical Mission-Driven Life”
Author: Uchenna Nwosu
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Publication Date: August 2021
Genre: Autobiography
Target Audience: International audience – Africans, Americans, Mexicans, anyone.

About the Author
Dr Nwosu received his A.B. Biochemistry in 1964 from Harvard College and MD from Boston University. After his OB/GYN residency at Pennsylvania Hospital he returned to Nigeria to University of Ife to provide a soft landing for his family before setting off for Igbo-Ukwu to found Apex Medical Centre in 1981. Nine years later he returned to pursue academia in the US with his family.

Finally retiring in his Nigeria home in 2011 he led the Apex Medical organization he had founded in establishing an Orthopedic Hospital in 2013, and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Neurosurgery Center in 2021. Still “unwrapping the soil” at 83, he has embarked on setting up a College of Nursing Services at his flagship in his home town Igbo-Ukwu, while indulging his passions for oil painting and horticulture. He feels called to extend good medical care plus health education to the underserved rural population where he has his roots. He can be reached at

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