My American story – Nonye Aghanya

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She is the author of two books: “Simple Tips to Developing A Productive Clinician-
Patient Relationship”
and “Principles For Overcoming Communication Anxiety and Improving Trust”.

In May 2019, she published an online school Communication Academy and courses in her school have received accreditation for granting Continuing education units to Physicians and Nurses.

Nonye Aghanya 

Her contents are based on research study results and her numerous interactions with diverse groups of individuals in the healthcare settings for close to 30 years.

A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Trustees, she is married and has four daughters.

Nonye Aghanya

“I continued to study and advance in my career with the intention to utilize the soft skills of communication to breakdown perceived and real barriers, lower anxiety, create tranquility and ultimately help to improve the chances of establishing better  and more trusting relationships between healthcare providers and patients in various healthcare settings across the United States and globally. 

“I have worked in various healthcare settings in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. I currently work as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the retail clinic setting,” she said.

Her most memorable moment in the United states was when she held her first published book in her hands, and “danced for joy!” she said.

What she misses the most about living in Africa: “I love African foods and clothing and can readily obtain those in African markets here in the US. So, I can’t truthfully say I miss those the most”.

“Rather, what I miss is the sense of true solidarity, unity, endearment, and contentment often exuded in African culture despite economic and political mishaps that have plagued us for many years. This, I truly believe is due to the sense of being grounded in God’s promises to care for all who put their trust in Him despite life’s uncertainties”. 

I miss is the sense of true solidarity, unity, endearment, and contentment often exuded in African culture despite economic and political mishaps that have plagued us for many years.

Nonye Aghanya

Mrs. Aghanya granted an interview to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA, and gave us a peep into her extraordinary life in the United States.

What’s your name now? What was your name before? What do people call you and what do you prefer to be called.

My name is Nonye Aghanya, but close friends and family call me Nonye

What African country do you identify with and what part of that country do you associate with? What state do you live in the United States and what is your citizenship?

Married to a wonderful gentleman from the Ivory Coast for 20 years, I guess it’s safe to say that     according to our African tradition, I identify with Ivory Coast but I also readily associate with Nigeria and definitely love the similarly rich traditions of both countries ( food, pleasantry greetings, clothing etc). I currently live in Virginia and I’m a Nigerian and a United States citizen as well.

Nonye Aghanya 

Where and what did you study?

I studied computer Science at the University of Nigeria and many years later obtained a master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner program from Pace University, New York.

Where do you work and what type of job do you do?

I have worked in various healthcare settings, initially as a Registered nurse and now as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I co-owned a private medical clinic in New Jersey for 7 years and currently work in the retail clinic setting for the past 12 years where I’m responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with various acute and chronic ailments.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Brilliant piece, Nonye. You’ve always been a generous delightful person. Some things never change. You continue to touch lives. Wishing you blessings.

  2. Insprining as well as thought provoking Nonye, a life lesson to be more human and productive in life- Keep inspiring.

  3. Nonye,

    Story beautifully told. You sure have come a long way and by grace you have many more beautiful years ahead.

    I love your love for the Lord.

    Keep the light burning and shining bright.

  4. Your story is full of quiet strength and confidence. You have also inspired many younger people out there that there is no discrimination against excellence.

  5. What an inspiring story Nonye. You must have really worked hard to get to where you are today. It takes someone with a strong personality and strong belief in God to surmount what you went through at a young age . Well done and keep on with the wonderful work you are doing and don’t forget to keep the smile also.

  6. You are such a wonderful, generous person, not only does it shows when you SMILE, but also in person. It’s been my pleasure to get know you and your family in the past 6 or so years Nonye. I wish everyone who comes to know you will not take long to see wonderful you really are! Your patients are blessed to have you and I hope you continue your journey in with more blessings with you and your family. The love you have have people are sooo amazing! Keep up the good work and I am very proud of you 👍👌

  7. You have my prayers and support, Nonye. Keep on pressing forward towards that goal God has called you to receive.

  8. Thank you for sharing.
    You have had an Interesting and Inspiring life in the USA, Keep up with the addiction of singing praises to The LORD and Praying, may HE continue to guide you in your future endeavors.

    Regards,
    Segun Seye Israel.

  9. My Beautiful friend Nonye

    I cannot say how touched I was by every single word of your story . If I need to say my favorite ones, I would just copy and paste ! You are such a beautiful person , the kind of a rare brand and I would love to see more in our lost word .

    I am very blessed to be your friend and I hope we can meet personally one day .
    May God Bless you and your lovely family .

    Much Love

  10. Hi Nonye,
    It is indeed a great joy read your story here on TNA.
    Good to know a bit more about you and your actitivites since almost 3 decades in the US.
    Thanks for sharing almost everything about your life in nutshell thru this interview. I really like the answer you made for the question what are you addicted to? Your answer is the best one as that should be the ultimate aim of every child of God on this earth.
    The other answers too is well said. altogether it is a great experience to read thru.
    Keep up the good work.
    Wish you and yours all the best in the future life in US.
    Keep going.
    One small sorrow! you presented all the 3 kids, but, sad what about the other little one?
    PS:
    A word to the TNA USA, hey why are you keeping your pages as not copy and paste free. If this option is given the cocmment authors can make soild comments on your posts. Anyways happy to be here for the first time. will visit again to read more. Keep sharing.
    All the best.
    ~Philip @ pvariel

  11. …Say Thank you with a warm smile…”
    Dear Nonye you are a very good person.
    Great story.
    Best wishes from Macedonia!

  12. Great to share your story with us and other aspiring emigrant. I wish you a successful stay in the US. God bless you

  13. Thank you so much Nonye

    For making one feel as smiling

    And for wishing

    That you smile always

    Thank you for being so refreshing

    In giving guidance

    Best wishes

    Michèle

  14. Your story is Inspiring. Never knew you married an Ivorian? Blessed with beauty and Brains. Nonye, Your Amazing! Nice Featured share.

  15. Very interesting interview. Thank you to Nonye for giving readers chance to know her more.

  16. Amazing interview Nonye. The efforts are clearly can be seen in your interview. Great answers by the great Leader Nonye.

    Wish you all the success
    #nursingconnect

  17. Great conversation Nonye! Your resilience, your journey and your passion are all very evident in your words here. You’re doing incredible things and I wish you the very best to soar higher in life always! Onwards and up my friend!

  18. Telling story is an art and when is based on pragmatic way that nothing like it.
    Further taking initiative is the most important factor which inspire others.
    Thank you for sharing !!!

  19. 👏👏👏Kudos Nonye! We can all learn a little more from you! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!!

  20. Beautiful interview,thank you dearly Nonye ,appreciate your all efforts and all you are doing.
    Warm wishes from Istanbul Turkey Nesli

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