Young Man Inspires Netizens with Transformation from Bricklayer to Medical Doctor

Young Man Inspires Netizens with Transformation from Bricklayer to Medical Doctor

  • In what is an embodiment of the caterpillar to butterfly transformation, a young doctor has shared before and after photos of his rise
  • In the first photo taken in 2018, Ronald Olum is seen emaciated and shirtless beside a stash of bricks that he worked on as a bricklayer
  • Juxtaposed beside it is the current photo of the young doctor donning medical scrubs, a stethoscope dangling from his neck, and huge smile on his face

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A young Ugandan doctor named Ronald Olum has shared the before and after photos of his transformation from an emaciated bricklayer to a graduate medical doctor.

Olum was a bricklayer in 2018.
Dr Olum is set to graduate from Makerere University in Uganda. Photos: Ronald Olum.
Source: UGC

In the first photo, the medic is seen shirtless standing next to a row of bricks, while the second shows him in an office with a stethoscope dangling from his neck.

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The juxtaposition shows the path that he has taken over four years, an inspirational journey from grass to grace.

"I will be graduating with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Makerere University on May 23. The story behind this journey that began in 2003 is a book in writing and deserves celebration," he wrote.

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He revealed that he started the course in August 2016, adding that the first picture was taken while he was in the third year during the December 2018 holidays.

Public reactions


"Surely, we must arrange a gift for this hard made scientist. You are an exceptional inspiration to all strugglers. We honor you."


"Glory be to God who enabled you to make it through, that's a great inspiration. Always get some time and back to your former schools so that you can inspire and encourage those young Ugandans."

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"Congratulations Sir. It's been an honour learning from you over the past years. May the path ahead only get better."


"Your story is indeed a great lesson to several individuals who feel like giving up in life. Congrats Dr., we celebrate your success."

From mjengo man to PR officer

In a related development, a Kenyan graduate Richard Odhiambo who worked at a construction site before rising to become a Public Relations officer at MP Shah Hospital, as reported by Kenya's number one news site,

In an interview with, Richard disclosed that when he and his wife welcomed a newborn, it dawned on him that he needed to find a way out to fend for the family.

Despite being a Degree holder, he chose to put aside all his pride and take up a low job as a construction worker earning GH₵15 per day.

It remains a season that will forever remain memorable in his life even as he rose through the ranks to join the corporate world.

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