Nigeria's First Professor of Medicine Dies at 87

Professor Oladipo Olajimi Akinkugbe, the first professor of medicine to be appointed by any African university died at the age of 87 in Ibadan after a brief illness.

The nation reported that Akinkugbe who was the foremost Nigerian professor breathed his last on Monday, June 15.

It was gathered by that the professor studied and taught at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including the University of London, Balliol College, University of Oxford England and Harvard Medical School Boston, USA. He was the chairman, Vesta Healthcare Partners and chairman of the Presidential Projects Implementation Committee (PPIC) on the refurbishing of teaching hospitals in Nigeria.

He was also a chairman of the board of management of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria and a one-time chairman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in his lifetime.

He also served as pro-chancellor, University of Port Harcourt; was a former vice-chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria; a former vice-chancellor, University of Ilorin; and a former dean of the faculty of medicine, University of Ibadan. Before hanging the stethoscope, Akinkugbe practised medicine for 60 years. During the period, he pioneered the establishment of two critical clinics, one in hypertension and the other in renal disorders at the UCH, Ibadan. Both clinics were firsts in Africa.


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