Ambition, Integrity and Keeping the Faith | Amile Inusa
#UnderTheMAGNIFYGlass is our series talking to extraordinary, yet everyday women whose passion for life and faith can inspire us all to dream big and dare to fail.
Fitness enthusiast, Amile Inusa is an everyday woman who has achieved more than the average Junior doctor. We spoke to her about the up’s, the downs and the many ways in which her faith has impacted her life.
Raised in Hertfordshire, England, Amile describes life then as ‘comfortable’ for herself and her two sisters. She had a very stable start to life, giving her a good start for later life. Growing up she managed to avoid much of the ‘adolescent turmoil’ faced by many. Amile enjoyed school and by the time she applied for university she had what she would describe as a ‘pretty decent CV’.
When Amile first became a Christian she reflected on thinking that her seemingly simple life-story wouldn’t impact anyone. ‘I remember when I got baptised, maybe around 15 years old and having to write my testimony & not being able to come up with anything at the time. I just keep thinking about how ‘straight forward’ my story was back then. As silly as it sounds, I almost craved having some crazy life altering earth shattering to tell the congregation.’
Amile grew up in a fairly liberal christian home where she was encouraged to explore her faith, rather than just accept it. ‘The openness in which my family and the people around us discussed faith always gave me a sense of freedom. I was given the opportunity to ask questions about Christianity without judgement or fear- a reality which I now know wasn’t the case for everyone who grew up in a ‘religious’ home.’ This more informal relationship with God meant that she was able to develop a faith that was personal, a relationship she felt invested in. ‘Looking back there was never a single defining point in which I came to know God. In fact, I would say that my relationship with Him developed the more I got to understand His nature and what He wanted for me’.
Looking back over her adolescence, Amile sees how her life-story, which had once seemed pretty plain, actually contained just as much significance as others. ‘Now I recognise how secure God’s love made me feel as I navigated teenage life. Upon reflection, I’m grateful. Grateful to have parents who supported me, friends who understood me & sisters who encouraged my individuality. I now realise that a slow and steady journey is just as valuable in getting to know God more intimately, just as much as the stories that sound more powerful.’
The strong faith that she had built was challenged when she took a year out to study Ethics and Law during her medical degree. ‘It was a time that challenged me to examine my views on the world, life and what our society should strive towards looking like. But this certainly wasn’t the first (or last!) time that I was challenged.’
As she entered adulthood Amile, discovered that there would come even more challenges to her faith. More work, more money and more relationships were not the holy grail that they appeared to be ‘The Notorious B.I.G. warned us with Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems. Drake enticed us with More Life. [These things have] also brought me more anxiety, more responsibility and more questions.’
Growing up with such a strong faith also meant that Amile had to make some difficult decisions when it came to finding love and progressing in her career ‘Last year, I met a guy that I got to know and love in a short period of time. We clicked instantaneously and had a similar outlook in life and coffee. The only thing we didn’t share was our faith. Last year, I also started working as a doctor. I would start early and finish late most days. I allowed work to takeover my life at the expense of my friendships, prayer life and regular church life’
However, how Amile navigated this season is a testament to the integrity of her faith and her journey as a Christian. ‘I believe that God demands us to let Him into all aspects of our lives. He requires us to do that daily and in every situation. I am learning to practice this and as a result have more peace and clarity.’
Amile is one the many junior doctors working under the new government contracts. She admits that the changes have not been easy to adopt, ‘As the first group of doctors to have our contracts imposed on us, it felt (and still feels) frustrating at times. I think we all switch between the feeling of being grateful for the work that we are able to do, but also anger at the disregard the government has shown us. At work, everyday you deal with the realities and joy of human life but also brokenness and struggles.’
Nonetheless, Amile’s faith gives her wisdom she needs to stay focussed and productive ‘It is only more recently that I realise how much power we have over the way we process experiences. That old cliche ‘let go and let God’ makes me cringe, but also gives me power. It is such a privilege to be able to cast our burdens & feel at peace that God is ultimately in control and doesn’t allow us to fail.’
It isn’t all work and no play for Amile. Outside of her demanding career as a doctor she finds time to take care of herself by spending time with her friends and family. ‘Whenever an interesting art show or exhibition pops in London, I try to make my way down and explore the city whilst I’m there.’ A traveller at heart, she makes sure to factor in time to experience all the culture that this city, and many others, have to offer. ‘My sisters and I also grew up attending theatre shows and music gigs. It’s a habit that we probably also will never grow out of! I’ve also travelled a fair bit this year. Love experiencing new cultures, exploring cities and eating food. So long story short, if it makes anything my heart or stomach full, I’m down’
With such a busy schedule, it is a wonder that Amile manages to stay active. However she has pursued this to the fullest, even recently partnering with Nike. Amile’s wants to share her love for running with others and has upcoming plans to do so. ‘I’ve been working on a fitness and wellness community for women of colour based in London. We are looking to launch this summer. Excited to see where that will go!.’ Amile has never let things stand in the way of her pursuing and achieving what she has set out to do. ‘Audre Lorde said it best, ‘If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.’ Too often as women, christian women and black women, we are not expected to find ourselves in certain spaces or partaking in certain activities.’
From the outside it is very easy to assume that Amile is what social media would define as ‘#goals’. However, she is far past believing that success is defined by how it looks to others. ‘I used to think that the combination of (1) being effortless and (2) being high achieving was the ultimate goal. But what a farce that is! For me the ultimate success is staying humble, staying rooted in my faith and always open to learning.’ She attributes this revelation to her father and the way he has lived his life ‘My dad who is also a doctor, but a much better/experienced one than me, is someone I look up to both professionally and personally. Despite his achievements and the work he does outside of his day job, he is a real ‘servant’ of people. He prioritises family and friends,keeps our home open to visitors and those in need.’
One characteristic that Amile actively exhibits is integrity. Though it isn’t easy, Amile’s tries to be integral in everything that she does ‘It is much easier to follow your initial desires, sometimes at the expense of more long term goals. That’s why I try to be intentional about the way I spend my time, my energy and the way I show up in this world.’
Amile Inusa is an everyday woman, working in one of the world’s most demanding careers. From a young age she has fought to keep her faith life at the centre of her life. She has navigated some challenging seasons and emerged wiser and stronger in her faith. For those who want to begin a career in medicine, Amile has this to say ‘ Your prestigious career also does not define who you are or diminish the creative aspects of your personality. The demands and expectations of the job should also not make you feel any less about yourself. You will be in an environment that is both supportive but competitive. Remember that the Lord created you in His image. You will learn to deal with all aspects of the human pysche and behaviour (good and bad) in yourselves, your colleagues and your patients. See it as a privilege.’
WORDS BY Kezia Owusu
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Emily Almodovar