Unofficially researched and compiled by Nana Ofori-Atta Oguntola, ‘The Professor and I: The Unofficial Biography of Professor Dr Christopher Balogun Lynch’ tells the story of a Sierra Leone teenager who arrived on British soil with £52 in his pocket, worked his way through medical school and rose to not only become one of the UK’s leading gynecologists, but inventor of the B-Lynch Suture – the only invention in gynaecology and obstetrics in the past fifty years. It’s an important and must-read story of the success those with black heritage have found in the UK, and the vital contributions they have made to society.
– When Professor Dr Christopher Balogun Lynch arrived in the UK aged seventeen, he had just a few pounds to his name, wasn’t dressed for the British weather and the girlfriend he had moved to be with was stood to greet him with her new man.
Fast-forward to today, and Dr Lynch thrives as one of the founding fathers of the gynaecological ward at Milton Keynes Hospital, creator of cancer research charity the Myrtle Peach Trust and inventor of the B-lynch procedure – which has saved the lives of over two million women.
So how did one man move out of poverty to become a world expert and life-saver within his medical field? In a new unofficial biography, Nana Ofori-Atta Oguntola tells all.
Synopsis of ‘The Professor and I: The Unofficial Biography of Professor Dr Christopher Balogun Lynch’:
‘The Professor and I’ tells the story of the inventor of the B-Lynch Suture, the only invention in gynaecology and obstetrics in the past fifty years. It narrates the journey of how a seventeen year old boy arrives on a boat from Sierra Leone to the United Kingdom and proceeds to become a leading medical practitioner and inventor impacting the lives of millions of women around the globe.
His story is one that must not be hidden, not disappear into nothingness but must be told for posterity. It is a story that is not always pretty but it is human.
This book additionally charts the relationship he has with the author from the onset of this project and in the end shows us that ‘Greatness is not the absence of flaws’.
“Dr Lynch’s story simply cannot be ignored,” explains the author. “I felt the need to tell it; to help others realise that their start in life is no barometer as to what they can achieve. I want people to embrace that same spirit that guides Dr Lynch and also do amazing things with their skills. You just have to make that decision, the decision to be the best version of yourself. Knowing Dr Lynch as I do, this is the ethos that has forged every step he has taken and been the catalyst behind his achievement.”
The book also questions the value of contribution of people of black heritage to the United Kingdom. Here is a man whose B Lynch suture has saved the lives of more than 2 million women worldwide and is practised in almost every hospital in the world and yet he has not been recognised by the country where he calls home. The book looks at how black contribution is often overlooked and calls for a correction in this practise.
‘The Professor and I: The Unofficial Biography of Professor Dr Christopher Balogun Lynch’ is available now: https://www.amazon.com/Professor-unofficial-biography-Christopher-Balogun/dp/B08CPDLS2P/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
About the Author:
Nana Ofori-Atta Oguntola is a filmmaker who loves to tell stories, especially stories of under-represented people and groups.
Her passion is telling stories which inspire other people to be and do better and above all to believe in their dreams.
Her passion for Professor Lynch’s story to reach other people has driven this project from start to finish.
Nana holds a BA Hons degree from the University of Winchester and an Executive MBA in the Creative Industries from Ashridge Business School/HULT.
Connect with Nana:
LinkedIn: Nana Oguntola EMBACI