Throughout his years in America, Dr. More remained committed to helping those in need while he worked as both a vocational and registered nurse. The work dovetailed with his twin passions of education and compassion, and his degree in psychology represented the intersection of these passions. By 2016, he decided to pursue a doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology from University of Phoenix.
While working in the U.S., Dr. More underwent another big life transformation: He married and had twin boys. His voice falters slightly when speaking of his wife, who passed away from cancer in the middle of his doctoral program. Her name was Happy, a point that Dr. More takes great pride in emphasizing.
“Of course, my world shut down,” he says, speaking of Happy’s passing. He slowed down in his doctoral program to take care of his children, but even after tragedy he returned to his lifelong passion for education and helping others.
In 2020-21, he worked as a BCFS Health-Krucial front-line RN nurse as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response in Dallas, Mission and Tyler, Texas. Every day, he cared for those affected by the virus, using his background in both nursing and psychology to provide each patient with care. He worked 12-hour shifts, six days a week on the front lines of an uphill and dangerous battle.
Then, on Aug. 28, 2021, Dr. More faced another difficult challenge, although not of the life-or-death variety: He successfully defended his dissertation and earned his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Asked simply how he mustered the willpower to accomplish this, Dr. More answers: “Lots of prayers.”
When he has time away from work, Dr. More can be found on his Dallas farm, where he has returned to his roots in some ways and raises cattle and some vegetables. Though he raises a good crop, Dr. More mostly gives his produce away for free, sharing it with members of his community.
“Farming is my second love, next to education,” Dr. More says. “I’ll do it to my last breath.”
He still finds time to connect with his home country too, mentoring young entrepreneurs
in Nigeria virtually so they can follow in his footsteps and pursue their passions.
In all, Dr. More cuts an impressive figure. His compassion for others and personal drive reside in equal measure with his humility and sense of humor. As a University of Phoenix alumni, his work has and will continue to touch the lives of those around him in profound ways.