My name is Mariam.
I’m 19 years old.
I’m a 200 level student of one of the best universities in Katsina.
I’m beautiful and smart.
My parents are rich and educated.
My life seems perfect, right? Everyone else thinks so too.
But as I sit in the library staring at the Atlas of Human Anatomy I had to cram for my Medical Board examination, all I felt was immense grief.
I hate hospitals, I don’t want to be a doctor.
But what could a girl like me do, when my mother wanted to be called ‘Iya Doctor’?