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President Barack Obama Signs Bill to grant Nigerian Sopuruchi Chukwuke U.S. Permanent Residency



Dreams do come true, and that of Sopuruchi Chukwuke has, just a few days to the end of the year! President Barack Obama has signed into law a rare private bill granting him permanent residency in the Unites States.

At BellaNaija, we have keenly followed the story of 26 year-old Nigerian born Sopuruchi who grew up as an outcast in the village of Ovim in southeastern Nigeria because the tumors that distorted one side of his face wouldn’t stop growing.

In 2001, when he was 15, his parents took him to an orphanage and abandoned him. Thankfully, he was rescued by a missionary nun, who arranged medical care in the U.S. Eleven years and seven operations later, doctors have removed the benign growths caused by the genetic disease neurofibromatosis, and have performed reconstructive surgery.

He had been living in Michigan on an expired visa. His doctors performed surgeries over a period of time, he says, which contributed to his expired visa.

In a rare act, the United States Congress passed a private bill a few weeks ago granting Sopuruchi permanent residency after years of his living in Michigan on an expired visa. The bill was awaiting President Obama‘s signature but has now been signed. According to CNN, his is the only private bill to pass in Congress in two years.

With his permanent residency, Sopuruchi can now attend Medical School at the University of Toledo. He had earlier attended Wayne State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, obtaining a 3.82 GPA. Soon after that, he got admission to study medicine. Speaking about his ambition to become a doctor, he said “My own personal struggles to receive treatment have motivated and encouraged me to pursue a medical career … to alleviate the pain and suffering of others.

His admission into Medical school however came with one condition: that he obtain permanent-residency status. Now he has and he can live his dreams! Read more about Sopuruchi here and here.

We are so glad President Obama has signed his bill and we wish Sopuruchi the very best in life.

Photo Credit: CNN

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Clara

    December 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Thank you Lord! Grateful heart. God bless America!

  2. Nancy lot

    December 30, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Thats great.wish him all the best,that also show the Nigerian spirit is a strong one.

  3. Chima

    December 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    God bless America. And to Sopuruchi, u’r indeed a child of destiny. May all ur dreams come to pass iJn. Amen.

  4. Floxy

    December 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Gud news wish him d best obama dalu

  5. Rèmy Olowu

    December 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Wow the power of God. Amazing story. Congrats

  6. Andy Mikel

    December 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

    How Obama’s Signature looks like… Haha Must see.

  7. Monica

    December 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

    praise the Lord!!!!!!!! Divine favour!!!

    God bless America!!!

  8. Sexxie

    December 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Praise the Lord! God bless America! Congrats Doctor Sopuruchi! It is done.

  9. Timma

    December 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    God is good!Never give up,God is faithful

  10. chinyere

    December 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    my brother i thank God 4u nd God bless America

  11. florence

    December 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Da Lord is Gud all d tym! Never give up!

  12. said M

    December 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Wish him all the best…

  13. efe

    December 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    That boy ȋ̝̊̅§ a̶̲̥̅ destiny child,God bless D̶̲̥̅̊. Nun that raised him and american 4 saving dis boy’s life.

  14. PJ

    December 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you Lord for this. Truly you are the God of all

  15. atutupoyoyo

    December 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    ama bet his selfish family will soon come claiming their long lost son……..thank God for giving him a second chance in life

  16. x factor

    December 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Wow….Thank God for him..God bless Obama…….

  17. ola

    December 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    am happy for him…. more gist and news here at

  18. goodie

    December 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i’m deeply touched, may God reward bountifully everyone that helped him out in any way.

  19. sunki

    December 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Miracles do happen.

  20. SS

    December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    awesome GOD we thank you for this

  21. Winny

    December 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    God bless OBAMA and everybody that gave Sopuruchi a chance at better life, am sure his parents and his entire village will now want to reap where they never had any intention of sowing considering they discarded him in the first instance. SMH our culture is so quick to condemn people.

  22. Ade

    December 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Thank You Lord Jesus! To God be the Glory!Amen.

  23. Bidi bang

    December 31, 2012 at 4:53 am

    God always bless the best country in the world in Jesus name. amen! This guy is living to his name….Honor God and there’s nothing he cannot do.

  24. Feisty chic

    December 31, 2012 at 7:32 am

    His parents will soon surface with a sob story when they see him progressing

  25. mAx

    December 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Wow, thats good to hear.i just
    hope nigerians will behave n respect
    themselves and the men will not take
    advantage of that and carry their usual
    stock in trade there (molestation,acid
    pouring and violence) the women (cocaine pushing ,child trafficking ,
    prostitution and other forms of
    perversion and waywardness)

  26. mAx

    December 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Obama on point.

  27. asuquo essienic

    January 1, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Americans r nt better than nigerians in any way!we know our problem;dishonesty n self centre.once we take k of these two satanic habit,next 20yrs reverse will b d case!

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