Tochukwu Akujieze was born in Harvey, Illinois as the second of four children. Since childhood, she has had a dream to help others. Growing up around family who set that example, such a goal is nearly unavoidable. Her parents worked hard to send her and her siblings to a good school, but the first step they took was moving the family out of the dangerous neighborhood and into an area with one of the best public high schools in Illinois. As a student at Homewood Flossmoor High School, Tochukwu worked diligently to be a well-rounded student and graduated in the top 100 out of nearly 300 students in her class. In an effort to quench the thirst to serve her community, she began volunteering at Ingalls Hospital working as a Candy Striper.
Tochukwu declared biology as her major after being admitted into Chicago State University in the fall of 2013. Having an inner passion for children and ensuring their survival, obstetrics is in her nature. After graduating from Medical School in 2022, Tochukwu aspires to make a difference in her home country, Nigeria.
Currently, Tochukwu is actively in involved in many activities. She is a proud member of MAPS,Minority Association of Pre-health Students, the Biological Honor Society, CSU Track and Field team; and a student leader in the Residence Hall serving as a Community Assistant and the President of the Housing Council.
Most notable among her accomplishments as a student at Chicago State has been her research in cell biology. This research has afforded her an opportunity to travel to Seattle, Washington to a national conference. She was not just a delegate at ABRCMS , Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, she was a presenter and presented her findings to her peers and a panel of judges.