“Keep Moving to Keep Living”! Chiamaka Ogochukwu Ikpeze of Titan Physiotherapy Talks About Her Innovative Startup
Chiamaka Ogochukwu Ikpeze B.MR [PT] is the founder and Director of Titan physiotherapy. She was born in Enugu [Nigeria], where she had her primary and secondary school in Airforce Primary School and Airforce Comprehensive School [respectively], after which she proceeded to Nnamdi Azikiwe University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Medical Rehabilitation majoring in physiotherapy .
During her service year, she was instrumental in setting up a physiotherapy clinic in her Primary Place of Assignment [PPA]— Nnobi General Hospital in Anambra State— and participated actively in various outreach programs organized by the hospital. With the desire to positively impact her immediate community, she started Titan Physiotherapy in 2017.
Chiamaka, who initially wanted to be a lawyer, currently runs a consultancy service [under Titan Physiotherapy] for busy people, who want to get more active but can’t afford a drastic routine change. With this service, she helps busy professionals find a healthy balance between work and physical activity by designing creative ways to input physical activity in their daily routine.
Asides Chiamaka’s irrational fear of chickens, burning desire to run for an electable office or join the AirForce in Nigeria:
- She is a passionate volunteer. She regularly volunteers for medical missions like Rotary and Lilyford Foundation till date
- She is a mother of three amazing children
- She loves reading and dabbles into writing occasionally
- She is an advocate of “movement” because she believes an active lifestyle trumps a gym life
- She is a Christ fanatic
- She is 25 years old
- She is an entrepreneur and a wife
Talking about her journey to self-discovery and finally finding her fulfilling path, Chiamaka says, “I always knew concierge practice won’t cut it and social change has always been a passion point for me. And being a physical therapist in Nigeria it’s either concierge practice or you know the minister of health or a senator.
During NYSC, I worked in a general hospital and there were a lot of people in these rural communities viable for physiotherapy, and not just old people, young disaster or terrorist survivors who needed rehabilitation to go back to work but these services were not just affordable to them. Also, [I saw] a lot of young therapist who couldn’t find jobs. Thus the idea was born.”
Chiamaka has been inspired by a lot of other social entrepreneurs like Adaora Lumina Mbelu [of Socially Africa], Speciosa Mbula Nguku [of Machakos Surgery] and Katherine Lucey [of Solar Sisters] and she is optimistic about partnering with other social entrepreneurs. “I think people work together better as a collective. I’ll like to work with people bringing change to disaster victims and terrorism survivors. Let’s help rehabilitate and give them a chance of contributing to the economy of their families positively.”
Speaking about how social entrepreneurs can thrive better in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, Chiamaka thinks “more people should be socially minded and we, social entrepreneurs, need to collaborate and do more together because the reality is except it’s a side project for you or you already have a trust fund you can’t do it alone. More already made innovators need to partner with upcoming ones to help touch more lives and more communities. Together we can!”
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