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Bennet Omalu: What We Can Learn From Him

bennet omalu - what we can learn from him

It’s not everyday someone makes a scientific discovery that puts him in trouble. Concussion, a movie played by Will Smith shows how Bennet Omalu did. There’s a lot we can learn from his experience irrespective of our career paths.

I never knew about Dr. Bennet Omalu until I watched Concussion, the film in which Will Smith played the role of the Nigerian-American surgeon. While the movie exaggerated a little in its portrayal of Nigerians, I think Will Smith actually did a very good job. After seeing the movie with my wife, I made a mental note that I am going to “google” Bennet Omalu and instantly forgot.

Some days later, I read about the demise of wrestler, model and bodybuilder, Joan “Chyna” Laurer. Well, I saw it as another piece of news written by one of the writers on my online magazine. It was when I went on twitter and discovered a bunch of hashtags that it really dawned on me. This lady, who I happened to have watched fighting alongside wrestling legends like Triple H many years ago is actually gone.

Then something caught my attention and at first, I thought my mind played tricks on me. But it was right there. Joan “Chyna” Laurer’s brain has been donated to Dr. Bennet Omalu.

US Weekly reported on their website that the brain was donated to:

determine whether the wrestling icon suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated impact to the head.

I said to myself “this is it! This guy isn’t just living a life that is worth doing a “true life story” movie on. It is a life worth celebrating and emulating. Thankfully, we can do that while he is still here on earth with us. You know, I am tired of people being abandoned while they are alive and celebrated when they are dead.

In case you do not know who Bennet Omalu is, he is the one who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition that plagued most ex American footballers. I have highlighted a few thngs we can learn from Bennet Omalu.

  1. Dedication
  2. Hardwork
  3. Follow your guts
  4. Say the truth, no matter what
  5. Keep fighting


Dedication to ones’ duty will always lead them to habits that will make them outstanding.

Dr. Omalu has a very strong work ethic that made him stand out amongst his peers. His dedication made him to spend his own money on the research that led to the discovery of CTE.


If everything portrayed about Dr. Bennet Omalu in the “true life story” movie is true, then he works really hard. As I always say, hardwork will never go out of fashion.

 Hardwork is very scarce these days in which many people think being popular on social media will somehow make them rich. You actually need to get down and do something.

Follow your guts

Your instincts will almost never lie to you. Dr. Omalu said he suspected something was not just right. He was not sure what it was. But he just knew. How? His instincts – his guts. When that “nagging feeling” comes up about something, don’t brush it aside.

Check it out. You might just make another Omalu-kind-of-discovery!

Say the truth, no matter what

According to the movie Concussion, when he first discovered that condition, the NFL wanted the information to go unnoticed or discredited. He was victimized. But he stood his ground and came out of the trial stronger. There are times when we are all tempted to act contrary to what we believe to be true. We must not relent.

Keep fighting

Dr. Bennet Omalu fights alongside a foundation that has been started and named after him. According to their website, Bennet Omalu Foundation is committed to “funding research, raising awareness, providing care, and finding cures for people suffering from CTE and TBI.”


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